Vintage Bon Appetit

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One of my readers, Carol M. from Maryland, sent me a delightful box of vintage Bon Appetit magazines from the 1970’s.  Paired with on and off rain over the weekend and our PBS station running the entire series of Downton Abbey, I was a happy camper with a pile of magazines while enjoying the wit and wisdom of The Dowager Countess of Grantham.  I also tried a couple new recipes, one for a barbecue sauce using beer that was used on baby back ribs (oven cooked because it was too rainy to grill), and a delicious pasta recipe that will be a blog soon.

Look at these great covers from ’73 and ’74. The April ’74 issue had a recipe for a lamb roast that sounds wonderful.  It was timely to find it as my husband Bill surprised me with a gorgeous lamb roast that he bought because I had just been telling him that I hadn’t cooked lamb in ages.

These issues are all from 1976.  The font and photography changed quite a bit in a couple years.  Since I had some leftover beer from making the barbecue sauce, I found a recipe in the July issue with a cheese spread using both cheddar and blue and some beer.  Sounds like game day food except there are no game days anymore!  Instead of watching sports, Bill has taken to watching the military channel, which means the cheese spread will have to do with snacks for viewing World War I programs.  I also found a recipe for hot and spicy canned dill pickles, which I love, so it’s time to get out the canning pot.

This group is from 1977.   The font became even bolder and more colorful.  I looked for some summertime recipes and found a rich strawberry shortcake and a freezer lime pie, both favorites of Bill’s sweet tooth.  I am always fascinated with recipes for Dresdner Stollen and found one in the December issue.  I like to try a new stollen recipe every Christmas.

You can see each magazine has lists sticking out the top of so many recipes I would like to try for future blogs.  One fun aspect of these magazines is the celebrity interviews and their favorite recipes featured.  Some include Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, Ed Asner, Mitzi Gaynor, and Phyllis Diller.

One of my favorite quotes from Downton Abbey coming from the Dowager Countess, was “What’s a weekend?”  I would mention to her that looking at old Bon Appetit’s was a fun way to spend a weekend, to which I’m sure she would repjy, “What’s a Bon Appetit?”  Poor Countess will never know what she is missing.

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7 Responses to Vintage Bon Appetit

  1. June 29, 2020 at 11:58 am #

    Thank you for all your wonderful blogs and recipes and I am glad your back and recovered. For the longest time I thought I was the only one interested in vintage cookbooks and recipes and when I saw your web site mentioned in Taste of Home a while back I am so glad I decided to check you out. I am a big fan of yours and thank you for sharing your collection and knowledge. Stay well !

    • July 16, 2020 at 12:19 pm #

      Virginia, thank you so much for your kind words! It means so much to hear from my readers. I’m so glad you found me!

  2. June 30, 2020 at 5:39 am #


    Wow! What a treasure. The magazines from the ’70s are so neat. I bet there are a lot less advertising in them compared to today’s publications. Are there any neat cookie recipes in there?


  3. February 15, 2021 at 11:04 am #

    Hi! I was referred to you by someone in one of my canning and preserving groups. I am desperately trying to find two articles from either Bon Appetit or Gourmet (or one from each) from the 70s. I don’t have issue #s. One article was titled Blue Ribbon Bounty and included a recipe for strawberry jam that was idiot proof. The other article was on wine jelly and included port wine jelly and (I think) mint cream sherry. I know there are a zillion recipes out that are similar there but I am sobbingly desperate for *these. (The publisher swears they never had these articles.)

    Could you possibly help me? I would be so grateful!

    • February 15, 2021 at 11:05 pm #

      Hi Catherine- I have many of the older Gourmet and Bon Appetit issues in boxes that I have not sorted out yet, but I when I do, I will definitely keep an eye out for your recipes. I know what it’s like to miss a recipe, in fact, I will be looking for a recipe myself in the Bon Appetit issues for a coffee cake and a Christmas cookie I remember. I will do my best for you, but can’t promise how long my search might take or if I have those certain issues. I know that some libraries keep archives of magazines going back years, so you could check into that if you wanted to. Wish me luck on this search! I love challenges like this.

  4. April 19, 2023 at 9:39 am #

    I have a box of vintage magazines from
    Bon appetit. 1950s and 60s, do you know where I can get rid of them please. They’ve been in storage. Downsizing. Thanks , Donna

    • April 19, 2023 at 9:29 pm #

      Hi Donna – please check your email. I sent you a message.

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