Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

How To Bake By The Ration Book


The front cover features a black and white drawing of a woman holding up high a three layer cake on a plate in her right hand and a ration book in her left hand. The title "How To Bake By The Ration Book" is written above the illustration in red lettering. At the bottom, the phrase "Swans Down Wartime Recipes" is written in black lettering. The back cover begins at the top with a red, white, and black box of Swans Down Cake Flour on the left and a drawing on Kate Smith sitting on a kitchen stool and eating from a bowl located on the right. Below, there is a promotion written in black lettering followed by a drawing of Kate Smith behind a table mixing batter with a spoon and a can of Calumet Baking Powder. The inside pages begin with a typed letter titled "Last-Minute News" with a signature from Kate Smith. The rest of the inside pages are dedicated to various recipes that utilize Swans Down Cake Flour in them. All recipes entail a list of the ingredients needed plus directions on how to prepare the dish. The recipes are split into categories including breads, cakes, cookies, desserts, entrees, frostings, fillings, sauce, and pastries. There are various black and white illustrations located throughout the inside pages.

Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Brand Name: Swans Down Cake Flour

Publisher: General Food Corp. (Evansville, Ind.)


23 p.

19.7 x 11.1 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is under copyright.


Citation: How To Bake By The Ration Book. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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