My Cookbook

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Simple, delicious dishes from World War One through the Great Depression

The thirty kitchen-tested recipes in this cook book have been lovingly adapted from those published during World War One through the Great Depression. Although frugal eating was a reality for millions of Americans, the spirit of the time was to make do with the basics and create simple, delicious meals with gratitude. In fact, the celebrated classic book, Joy of Cooking, was first published during the Depression in 1931. Wheat alternative and gluten-free flours were very popular and a normal part of the American diet, so converting these to 100% gluten-free wasn’t too much of a stretch (but still required extensive kitchen testing).

After I got a divorce in the summer of 2015 I had to cut back on my grocery bill. That’s when I began exploring the thrifty recipes contained herein. The sources for my recipes are from my extensive collection of ladies' magazines, community cook books and food manufacturer's booklets. 

A common theme I've heard is that it's not possible to eat healthily on a limited budget. Since I began working on Thrifty Vintage Gluten-Free Recipes my meat and chicken consumption has been drastically reduced without any cravings or feelings of deprivation. Instead of eating meat or chicken six nights a week I now have red meat once every two weeks and chicken about three nights a week. The rest of the time it’s vegetarian for me. The beans, nuts and full fat milk in the recipes supply protein and leave me satiated and satisfied. Whole grains, potatoes and vegetables were also common ingredients. It’s about being creative and resourceful with the basics!

In this digital cook book you will receive:
  • 30 gluten-free kitchen tested recipes with calorie counts.
  • 20 additional vintage recipes for salad dressings.
  • Bonus WWI tutorial on making wheat alternative flours at home.
  • Sample menu plan with calorie counts.

These are all gluten-free without the use of Xanthan gum and other modern day concoctions.

Check out these simple, wholesome dishes YOU can now make at home, all gluten-free without the use of Xanthan gum and other modern day concoctions! Click here for a free sample recipe found in my book!

Gluten-Free Lemon Sponge Pie

 Gluten-Free Whole Grain Oat Waffles

 Walnut Cream Cheese Sandwich Filling

Gluten-Free Coconut Cream Meringue Pie

Gluten-Free Blueberry Bread Pudding

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

Gluten-Free Corn Flake Macaroons

Carrot Custard

 Gluten-Free Loaf of Oat Molasses Bread

Vegetable Corn Chowder

Creamy Lentil Soup

 Gluten-Free Molasses Corn Muffins

Gluten-Free Chicken Walnut Croquettes

Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese Loaf

Peanut Potato Loaf

Popcorn Pudding

Oxtail Soup

Gluten-Free Orange Oat Muffins

Vanilla Ice Cream

 Gluten-Free Two Crust Apple Pie

Gluten-Free Egg Brushed Two Crust Apple Pie

Potato Carrot Scallop

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Walnut Raisin Muffins

 Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Patties

 Gluten-Free Buckwheat Molasses Pancakes

Gluten-Free Butterless Buckwheat Sponge Cake


  1. I love your website! I've had an idea very similar to your "retro eating" book. I've wanted to write and publish my family's old recipes but modernized to be healthier and inexpensive to make. Looks like you beat me to it! Congratulations and hope you have tons of success with your book. I would love to see it. Thanks, Jacquie

    1. Thank you, Jacquie! The world can never have too many cookbooks!

  2. Averyl, I love your cookbook. Sorry you're experiencing the negativity. Can't please everyone. In this day and age of getting texts and email instantly, people still have lives. The pie crust recipe alone was worth the price of the cookbook. Thank you for all your hard work. I adore vintage cooking, but have health issues that require the making over of many recipes. It's nice to have someone else out there making it easier for the rest if us. Congrats to your friend, by the way.

    1. Thank you for that! The pie crust was the most challenging for me to get just right so that it would work as a double pie crust. I really appreciate that you love it and your kind words!

  3. The oxtail soup turned out great! I didn't add as much salt. I cut back to 2 TBls, and thought that was seasoned plenty.
    That was a few weeks ago. A funny thing happened last week. I caught a cold, and caught myself craving that oxtail broth. So I'm wondering if there's something good in it for when you have a virus? I know they used to recommend broths for when people didn't feel well, and I knew chicken soup is very good for you, but oxtail broth?

    1. That actually makes sense! It's the bones- they are full of gelatin which is what has also been credited as the healing property in chicken soup! :)

    2. And thanks for the feedback. I will change it to "salt to taste."

  4. Avery,

    I stumbled upon and purchased your previous book last summer (loved it and read it in one sitting- reading most of it aloud to my husband- he loved it, too) and then began reading your blog. I lost track of your blog and was thrilled today when I found you (again) through another wonderful blog, modernretrowoman! I just purchased your cookbook and I'm so excited to start cooking my way through it. I collect vintage cookbooks and home-ec text books, but rarely can make the meals, as I eat sugar free, gluten and grain-free, and no processed foods, for health reasons. Your cookbook seems to be the perfect mix of healthy food with vintage roots!
    Thank you for the time, effort and passion you put into your blog and both books. I appreciate your insight and enjoy your writing style.


    1. Hi Andrea! I love knowing that my efforts are helpful so thank you for taking the time to let me know! Thank you as well as your support by purchasing my books! I hope you'll stick around the blog. :)

    2. Avery,

      Absolutely sticking around this time! I have discovered the "magic" of book-marking, ha!



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