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Jan 8, 2013 05:27 AM

ISO 1970's Recipe Indexes

I'm ISO yearly recipe indexes from the 1970's decade. If you have one that could be photocopied I would love it. Doesn't have to be perfect. I'm in search of an old cookie recipe and can't recall which issue it was in but know for certain it was during this time period.

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  1. houndlvr1 -- do you know which magazine?

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    1. re: blue room

      I do not, sadly. I only know the decade was in the 70's.

      1. re: houndlvr1

        So what kind of cookies were these?

        1. re: Zalbar

          Chocolate biscotti type cookies (not actual biscotti because they are softer).
          Ingredients included apricot jam, whole almonds, cashews and more. They're a bar cookie.

    2. HA! Now that brings back memories from my childhood. Plastic box with index cards in them.

      1. Sounds very similar to this recipe from a NJ bakery, but I can't seem to find an online recipe:

        "Chocolate Bar Cookie: famous family recipe made of a combination of all nuts (cashews, roasted pignoli, whole almonds), a think layer of apricot jam, chocolate fudge and sprinkles of pistachio nuts on top"

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          Linda, that is THE bakery and THE cookie that was originally in the RSVP Bon Appetit that I am looking for. SO far, not a bit of luck.

          1. re: houndlvr1

            Hmmm....Bon Appetit recipe via RSVP? That might help.

            1. re: houndlvr1

              RSVP recipes on Bon Appetit's site since May 2011:

              Epicurious has many RSVP recipes here:

              1. re: LindaWhit

                This is OP

                Why do I always hear that Epicurious has "all" the Gourmet and Bon Appetit recipes -- ? They don't have them online from all the way back to the beginning, do they? Or am I looking in the wrong place?

                1. re: blue room

                  Yes, I did find that post when I searched via Google. And no, I don't think they have all of the RSVP recipes. I did say "many" but not "all".

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    You were very clear, Linda. It's other sources I've gotten this from. I don't even count the RSVP recipes, I just mean the ones that were printed in each month as part of the regular content. I wonder if there's a date past which those recipes aren't available online. And if they're available at all when requested. I'll bet they get thousands of requests a month.
                    I was confused because houndlvr1 first said she didn't know which magazine.

                    1. re: blue room

                      I was confused by that as well blue room. Knowing the recipe name, source/bakery name and magazine name definitely narrows things down considerably and, is helpful context.

                      I agree w nigardener, I'd contact the bakery directly. Even if they don't want to share the recipe, perhaps they could provide a date on the B.A. RSVP article.

                      1. re: blue room

                        I'm going to assume that the only RSVP recipes online are the ones that were in print *after* the magazine got a website. The magazine has been around for 50+ years. Not sure if they would have taken the time to scan/upload all the pre-Internet magazine data for online usage. I'd think not.

                        So I think writing to Bon Appetit for the recipe is going to be the only way to go. And when houndlvr1 *gets* that recipe, make sure it gets Emailed to herself at seventy-leven different Email addresses and make sure it's printed and tucked into every hardcover cookbook she has. :-)

                2. re: houndlvr1

                  Have you tried contacting the bakery? Sometimes places frame their accolades and I've seen Bon Appetit RSVP's framed. Maybe since the recipe was published, they'd copy it for you. Couldn't hurt to ask.

              2. The recipe appeared in a 1970's issue so the RSVP site won't help. Epicurious has a lot of RSVP recipes, yes but not even close in time to what I'm looking for. I've sadly spent HOURS scouring for this and boy, is it frustrating LOL.

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                1. re: houndlvr1

                  The only thing I can think of is Emailing the contact info @ the Bon Appetit site I linked above. They *might* be able to find it for you.

                  1. re: houndlvr1

                    Have you ever tried Uncle Phaedrus?
                    Hope it's okay to post the link. Have had luck in finding some recipes on that site, and 'cause of my (used to have) millions of cookbooks, have solved some "mysteries" for him, too.

                    1. re: pine time

                      What a great resource pine time...thank-you so much for sharing that link. I'd never heard of Uncle Phaedrus before but rest-assured, I have him bookmarked now! Thanks again.

                      1. re: pine time

                        This list of newspaper food sections by day is extremely cool and sure to distract me for hours to come.

                        1. re: tcamp

                          Oh yes, I've wasted several hours at a stretch at the site! Found several queries/replies from places around where I grew up. I don't find the site well organized, but the search function is fairly decent.

                        2. re: pine time

                          Anyone wanting a reply from Uncle Phaedrus, read this before you ask:

                          1. re: blue room

                            yeah, I call him my Slightly Grumpy Uncle Phaedrus! However, it IS amazing how many people ask for "that chocolate cookie from my gradeschool cafeteria. You know, the one with nuts and other stuff. Can you find it?" ! The more detail you can give, the better. And, if you post an answer from a query he couldn't find (I did, from several old Marlboro Country cookbooks), he is quick to give you credit for the find.

                            1. re: pine time

                              Uncle Phaedrus has replied to me,
                              this is his pertinent info:
                              "I think that absolutely the only way you are going to get this recipe is from an employee/former employee of the bakery or by locating someone with that issue of Bon Appetit. I cannot help you find an employee or former employee. The only way that’s going to happen is if one sees your request on one of the message boards or on my site.
                              Finding the magazine.
                              I saw that this request has already been posted on several message boards with no success. I did a thorough search, and I am ready to assume that this recipe is not on the Web at all. I searched by any link to Conca d’Oro, any link to Bon Appetit, and by ingredients. No joy.
                              e would be great, but since you don’t know which issue, then that’s 10 years’ worth of magazines. None of the recipe sites that have recipes from Bon Appetite go back that far. There is no index online of what was in each issue of Bon Appetit going back to when it started. It would be nice if there was, but there isn’t.
                              There are some sites that sell back issues of Bon Appetit, and a few of them have issues for sale from the 1970’s on E-Bay, and a few on these sites:
                              Some of these have listings of the recipes in the magazines they sell, but I didn’t find one that had your recipe. That’s not really surprising because your recipe was in the RSVP column, and recipes in that column probably wouldn’t be listed in an index or magazine description. I suppose you could write to those sites and ask them to search the ones that they have from the 1970s for your recipe. Also because it woas in the RSVP column, it probably didn’t make it into any of the Bon Appetit cookbooks.
                              You might try calling Bon Appetit and begging. You might find a sympathetic employee there who would be willing to look through all of those back issues in their spare time to find your recipe.
                              You might talk to your local library. Libraries often maintain collections of magazines. Even if yours doesn’t have Bon Appetit, they might be able to find another library through the state or national network that does have issues from the 1970s. You may have to go to that library, wherever it is, and go through them yourself. A whole decade of magazine issues is a lot to ask someone to go through. I suppose you could even check and see if the Library of Congress has them. It might be worth a trip to DC to you.
                              Finally, There are a couple of people on my lists of helpers who have collections of Bon Appetit. I don’t know if they have issues from the 1970s, but I can ask. Again, it’s asking a lot to ask someone to go through a whole decade of magazines and look for a recipe. I’ll let you know if I get any response.

                      2. Sorry for the confusion everyone - I meant to say I didn't know which issue or year this was printed in. I only know the decade, sadly.
                        I've emailed "Uncle P" to see if he can help. I know I"ve seen other folks posting for this recipe on different boards and no one seems to have gotten an answer so I fear it's lost forever.
                        If I could find a library with archives and microfiche I'd sit my butt down and go through those but the magazines archives don't go back 40 years (OMG is it really that long ago?).
                        I'll keep - if you are curious and you go to the website and click on cookies, the cookies I refer to look like a dense chocolate brownie with green bits of pistachio on top.

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                        1. re: houndlvr1

                          I still think that contacting the magazine directly will give you the quickest results.