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Recipe for Beef Oriental. From "A Pinch of This and a Dash of That" (Montgomery County Jewish Community Center Sisterhood, c. 1955)

October 2013: Two Sisterhood cookbooks, 1950s. Click through to see what can be learned about a time period by perusing its cookbooks!

Recipe for Knishes. From "A Pinch of This and a Dash of That" (Montgomery County Jewish Community Center Sisterhood, c. 1955)

Recipe for Sweet and Sour Tongue. From "A Pinch of This and a Dash of That" (Montgomery County Jewish Community Center Sisterhood, c. 1955)

Cover page of chapter of molds, salads, and dressings. From "A Pinch of This and a Dash of That" (Montgomery County Jewish Community Center Sisterhood, c. 1955)

Chow mein noodles and Jell-O molds? Click through to learn how, with flavors from abroad and quick mixes, 1950s cookbooks tell local community stories and set the menu for life after World War II.

Do you hunker down with a few cookbooks to plan your holiday menus? We have a collection of community cookbooks from the 1950s to 1990s that give us a taste of what earlier Washingtonians have made.