Minnesota Historical Society

Potluck Paradise: Favorite Fare from Church and Community Cookbooks

$ 16.95


Here is the book that answers the age-old question: What should I bring? This book provides 150 fabulous fifties recipes, sure to disappear first from the buffet table.

Foodies Rae Katherine Eighmey and Debbie Miller first combed through hundreds of folksy cookbooks—often spiral-bound or homemade—compiled by church and community groups around the Midwest. Then they tested hundreds of the most popular recipes before winnowing the list down to 150 of the tastiest crowd-pleasing dishes: treats such as Swedish Tea Ring, Oven Barbecue Spareribs, Corn and Tomato Casserole, Refrigerator Cookies, Blueberry Buckle, and Party Punch. Recipes are organized by course, so it’s as easy as pie for the reader to find the perfect dish for the long community table.

Eight 1950s menus-with-recipes for gatherings such as a Card Party, a Summertime Front Porch Party, and a Ladies Club Luncheon will help today’s savvy host create memorable retro gatherings for friends and family. Food and entertaining lore gleaned from the cookbooks and the authors’ recollections of growing up in the Fabulous Fifties transport readers back to a time when shared food and hospitality reigned supreme.


  • By: Rae Eighmey and Debbie Miller, Foreword by Dave Wood
  • Format: paper, 184 pages, 7x9, 125 recipes, index
  • Publisher: MNHS Press
  • Product ##: 978-0873516259
Rae Katherine Eighmey is a food historian who has written several books of recipes and lore about historic heartland kitchens, including Hearts and Homes and A Prairie Kitchen,, both available from MHS Press. Debbie Miller, is a historian and aficionado of community cookbooks who works as a reference specialist at the Minnesota Historical Society. Dave Wood, is the author of numerous books about midwestern culture, including My Mother the Arsonist, and Other Toasty Tales.




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