Mexican Cookery for American Homes

March 29, 2012

Finished a book recently on the 1950’s (British) kitchen — amusing, colorful, and delightfully tacky. But the book reminded me that I have an old cookbook (pamphlet, really) from 1943 on Mexican food.  Published by Gebhardt’s ( a San Antonio, Texas, chili powder outfit in business from 1896 to 1988). So for your culinary amusement:

And now for a colorful sample of some exotic dishes:

Mmmm, chili dogs.

Enchiladas — now that’s more like it!

Don’t know what those little blue sandwiches are, or how they’d taste, but — they’re blue!

Chili spaghetti — once upon a time, my Dad actually liked it.

And my favorite, the Sombrero Salad:

Not that I would eat it, but it’s fun to look at.  C’mon — little hats!

Now the back cover featuring the 1943 Gebhardt product line up:

My, how our tastes have changed.



  1. Any chance you’ll post a photo of Page 34 with the recipe for the Enchilada Chili Sauce from the Gebhardt’s Mexican Cookery for American Homes?

  2. Hi Lisa–Today I posted the recipe for the enchilada (chili) sauce. Let me know if you’d like to see any other recipes from the booklet! –Hillary (Lyonsmouth)

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