Dear Abby….

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“Dear Abby” can offer helpful advice to the masses, but she can also help you decide what to make for dinner.  I am not surprised, because Abigail Van Buren (real name: Pauline Phillips) was born in Iowa.   Since I have many ancestors and friends from Iowa, I know Iowans are both smart and kitchen savvy!  This is a delightful booklet of “Dear Abby” recipes.  This one is her favorite recipes printed in 1987, and I also have the one titled more favorite recipes, from 1990.  Abby says when she was at a speaking engagement in 1959 at the Phoenix Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky, she tasted the most delicious pecan pie of her life.  She went to the kitchen to congratulate the chef, and he gave her the recipe, which is included in the booklet.  I have made this pie many times, and I can tell you it is wonderful.
Abby decided to share the pie recipe with her readers, and asked for them to write and let her know how theirs turned out.  She not only received an overwhelming response on the merits of this wonderful pie, people wrote and asked for more of her recipes.  Some of the recipes are treasured ones from her family, and some from chefs she met in her travels.  But since Abby also gives advice, she includes tips on entertaining, how to seat people at a sit-down dinner, liquor and wine advice, and how to break up a party when people are staying too long.  (Don’t hint around and hope they will leave, she says; just rise and boldly say, “Well, I think we’ll call it an evening and let you nice people go home.”)
Besides the pecan pie, there is a great meatloaf recipe that I have also made, and it’s equally delicious.  Abby must have had a sweet tooth because her dessert recipes are amazing:  Coconut Cake with Custard Frosting, Melt-in-your-mouth Strudel, Champagne Cake, Cheesecake, Potato Chip Cookies, Authentic Scotch Shortbread Cookies, and Rumba Rum Balls.  Both booklets also offer appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, soups, and salads.  There is an abundance of recipes packed into small little booklets. 
“Dear Abby” is now penned by her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, and Abby’s cookbooklets are still available.  So I won’t hint around for you to order these wonderful little booklets, I will call it a blog and  boldly say, send $12 with your name and mailing address!
Dear Abby Cookbooklet Set
Box 447
Mount Morris, IL 60154-0047
Shipping and handling are included in the price.  Take Abby’s advice – these recipes are great!


11 Responses to Dear Abby….

  1. June 8, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Hi, I ordered this cookbooklet set on May 16, 2015. I have not received it yet. Does anyone know how long it takes to receive a book order from Dear Abby? Please comment if you know. Thank you!

    • June 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

      Pam, sometimes it can take as long as 6-8 weeks. Hope yours arrives soon.

  2. March 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm #


    Is the Cookbooklet Set still available? I recently ran across a Dear Abby column
    from May 2016. I would like to order the cookbooklet set if it is still available.

    Barbara March 28, 2017

    • March 28, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

      Hi Barbara- The booklets I wrote about have been out-of-print since the late 1980’s, but if you google Dear Abby recipe booklets, you can buy them online from and other sources but they are expensive. I was shocked! It’s just a little paper booklet and the asking price is at least $20 and higher on some sites. Or if you google Dear Abby favorite recipes, some of the recipes that are in the booklet will come up separately and you will be able to print them out. Abby’s meat loaf and pecan pie were always very popular over the years. Thanks for writing and good luck finding the booklets!

  3. May 16, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

    Send a check or money order for $14. It was on Dear Abby column today.

    • May 17, 2018 at 10:20 am #

      Amazing it is still available! Thanks, Elaine.

  4. August 4, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

    I would like to purchase both pamphlets :Dear Abby”s Favorite Recipes and More Favorite Recipes by Dear Abby. How much is the cookbooklet set and do I mail it to Box 447, Mount Morris, Illinois?

    • August 4, 2019 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Lynne- I sent for the Dear Abby booklets many years ago, so I am guessing they are no longer available. I believe there were two. Since I wrote this blog, I lost the booklets (and all my cookbooks) in a flood or I would make copies of mine for you. Perhaps someone else reading this has both the booklets and would do that for you. I remember one had a good recipe for pecan pie, and meat loaf. Wish I still had those too!

  5. May 17, 2020 at 9:32 pm #

    I saw in a recent newspaper, May 2020, they are available for $16 US FUNDS same address
    Dear Abby–Cookbooklet Set
    PO BOX 447
    Mt Morris IL 6054-0447

  6. May 27, 2020 at 9:20 am #

    Interested in purchasing all booklets or cookbooks/ recipes. How do I go about doing so?

    • May 28, 2020 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Delores- I have had the “Dear Abby” booklets for so long, I don’t even know if they are still available. Maybe someone here knows more about them than I do and can respond to you.

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