Win a Collection of Vintage Cookbooks!

June 19, 2013 | By | Comments (16)

For our July issue, we looked and cooked our way through dozens of spiral bound cookbooks in search of the best of the best Southern recipes and food traditions. After testing and tasting dozens upon dozens of regional recipes—including 24 different chicken salads, six jezebel sauces, five custard pies, and four congealed salads in one week alone—we picked 18 of our favorites to celebrate in Spiral-Bound South, a feature in our July issue that pays tribute to the dedicated home cooks who helped write and produce some of the South’s most cherished community cookbooks.

One of many boxes of cookbooks from the Heirloom Book Co.

One of many boxes of community cookbooks from the Heirloom Book Co.

Sourcing all of those cookbooks was quite the undertaking. Thankfully, our friend Carlye Jane Dougherty, owner of the Heirloom Book Co. in Charleston, South Carolina, gave us a hand. Carlye scoured the South and sent us boxes and boxes of amazing community cookbooks. We were in awe of the diversity and charm we unpacked. To celebrate all these wonderful, quirky, and sometimes downright unusual titles, we’re declaring July the Month of Community Cookbooks. Starting on July 1, we’ll introduce you, everyday on The Daily South, to a community cookbook that our staff adores.

Because the best part of these books are the stories behind the recipes, we want to hear from you, too! Tell us about your favorite community cookbook, send us a picture of the cover, and you could win a collection of vintage cookbooks from the Heirloom Book Co.! To enter, please fill out the form here.

Carlye pulled out all the stops when curating the prize package. Here’s a glimpse at few of the titles she selected and why she picked them:

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1) The Southern Junior League Cookbook by Anne Seranne. 1977, hardcover, 1st edition.

“Quite possibly one of the best [Junior League cookbooks] of all time and it has a sampling of all the best recipes from the best of the Junior League Cookbooks.”

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2) The Randolph-Macon Sandwich Book. 1969, spiral.

“The cover is visually stunning and the contents (complied by their NYC Alumnae Chapter in 1969) are simply fantastic.”


3) The Original Vidalia Onion Cookbook from the Vidalia Chamber of Commerce.

“I can think of few ingredients more Southern than the Vidalia Onion…Who knew there were so many things you could do with onions?”


  1. Bonnie Smith Holley

    I completed the entry form and would love to win a collection of these southern classic cookbooks!

    June 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm
  2. Laurie Taccetta (@lski511)

    I would love these!

    June 22, 2013 at 11:44 am
  3. Connie Porter Saunders

    Tried to leave a comment on my iphone but didn’t have any luck. This Kentucky gal would love these cookbooks!

    June 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm
  4. Mickie McElroy

    I can’t post a picture because all my books are packed for a move, however since it was published in the 70s, I’ve carried a copy of River Road Recipes by the Baton Rouge LA Junior League. I promise you’ll find different and super tasty things you can trust so much you don’t even have to test them before serving them at parties. I’ve given multiple copies as gifts.

    June 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm
  5. Diane Covan Dennis

    What a wonderful idea. Anyone who cooks would love to have these cookbooks. I certainly wood. I have a small collection and would love to include these.

    June 19, 2013 at 8:50 pm
  6. Phyllis Weeks Rogers

    My husband and I love to cook together. He suffered a traumatic brain injury 2 years ago. One thing he did not forget was how to cook. His favorite recipes are old family favorites. These would be perfect for him.

    June 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm
  7. Courtney

    I would love to win these and give them to my mom. She collects cookbooks.

    June 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm
  8. Sonja Onderko

    I love and collect cookbooks! Would love a chance to win these!

    June 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm
  9. Bonnie Mabry

    I love vintage and all kinds of cookbooks. I love to go to estate sales or thrift stores to see what you can find. I love it when there are personal recipes included on paper or written inside the book. You can never have too many cookbooks.

    June 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm
  10. Caesar Torres

    Well I entered and while it was a semi sad story my heart truly was in it. Getting to know someone over a great cookbook and forming a bond by cooking is fantastic! I would love to add these to my collection and cook with others!

    June 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm
  11. restored159

    Looking forward to getting a chance to win

    June 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm
  12. Marina Coffey

    Would love to win these cookbooks. I can spend hours just daydreaming of all those southern delights!

    June 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm
  13. Cathy Smith

    Oh my I love and collect vintage cookbooks!!!! Would love to win these!! Please!!!

    June 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm
  14. Debbie Miller

    Oh I love all old cookbooks – Thank you for the chance to win these 🙂

    June 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm
  15. Heather Brown

    What wonderful find! Love those vidalia onions. You can’t beat southern cooking!

    June 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm
  16. Lisa Stratton Carroll

    Would love these! As a Southern born Virginia girl I grew up learning to cook and use fresh from the garden food…love Summer time for cooking and entertaining family and friends!

    June 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm

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