Aunt Susan’s Recipe Books

recipebooks2.jpgby Jill Holt, Curator of Textiles

Thanks to our assistant director, Jeff Briley, we have a recent addition to our collection. He picked up several recipe books written by Aunt Susan. Some of you may remember Aunt Susan from her food columns in the Daily Oklahoman and her cooking program on WKY Radio in Oklahoma City. Edna Vance Adams served as food editor of the Daily Oklahoman from 1929 to 1943. She conducted an annual cooking school during that time and her recipe books were souvenirs given out at the school. Aunt Susan’s recipes were clipped from the newspaper and became cherished favorites in the recipe boxes across Oklahoma, with many people mistakenly believing that there really was an “Aunt Susan” somewhere in their family tree.

Edna Vance Adams moved to New York in 1943 and eventually became the food editor for McCall’s Magazine. She left McCall’s to focus on radio and television programs. In 1951, she published a cook book titled “Susan Adam’s How-to-Cook Book.” We are fortunate to now have one of the rare copies of this book in our collection.

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