Ahh, comfort food. I love these cookbooks with good old-fashioned recipes for comfort food. This one by Holly Garrison was published in 1988:
Fashionable food, published in 1995, isn't really about comfort food necessarily, but it has that nostalgic feel that I enjoy in a book written by Sylvia Lovegren:
Another volume on Comfort Foods by Rita M. Harris, from 1997:
This one by Barbara Stuart Peterson, and published in 1997, has great vintage images inside - the same kind of things I like to feature in my blog posts - and great photos of the food, too :
I LOVE this next book -a wonderful volume with lots of vintage advertisements - again, the very same types of things I feature in my blog. This is a great book. Kudos to Bunny Crumpacker for this one!
I just cannot write about comfort food without including the original Farm Journal Cookbook from 1959. I've written about these books before, and they include a number of dishes we grew up eating. Our mashed potatoes, and also a great casserole Mother used to make with pork chops and scalloped potatoes. Yum:
Better Than Homemade? Not so sure about that, because I don't know that anything can beat homemade, but this book is an interesting little volume ( it was a gift from Lori), and I like the picture of the frozen dinner on the cover. When I was little, I LOVED the Swanson (or Banquet) TV dinners; fried chicken and turkey were my favorites. So , with a twinge of nostalgia, those feel like comfort food to me, too. Frozen meals have certainly changed in the years since - I kind of miss those old aluminum sectioned pans. But these days, if I want the best in a frozen meal (not the best FOR you because some of them are VERY high in fat and calories!), but the best TASTING - I'll pick Marie Callender's: Chicken Parmesan Dinner, Country Fried Chicken Dinner, or a Chicken Pot Pie. Comforting AND easy to fix!
I only wish that my favorites were not all so high in fat. The ones I already mentioned are some that I just don't dare to have very often. Some others that come to mind are homemade (from scratch) chocolate pudding, chicken and dumplings, and pot roast with carrots and and potatoes. Oh, my. Why do all of the yummiest things have to be so fattening? Sigh.
What are YOUR favorite old-fashioned comfort foods?