Long before Pinterest, there was the community cookbook, an authentic collection of shared recipes that told the story of a people and a place. We cooked from dozens of our dog-eared favorites to unearth vintage recipes for today's home cook.
The occasional celebrity recipe added a certain cachet to community cookbooks. After visiting the Neshoba County Fair during Ronald Reagan’s 1980 bid for the presidency, Nancy shared her recipe for Viennna chocolate bars in Giant Houseparty Cookbook by the Philadelphia-Neshoa County Chamber of Commerce. The buttery layers of shortbread and fruit topped with crisp meringue definitely get our vote.