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Monday, April 3, 2017

The Man In The Kitchen Recipes

I was browsing through my cookbooks and came across this masterpiece, which I adore on so many levels that I just had to share. It's The Man In The Kitchen Recipes, by actor Van Johnson, and is a tie-in with Kmart and their Kmart K-lectables line of kitchen appliances. There is no publication date, but Kmart filed for a trademark on the K-lectables name in 1980, which dovetails with Van Johnson's dinner theater period, which is when this book was published. Also, as you'll see, the K-lectables SCREAM early '80s. Mr. Johnson claimed to love cooking and eating (he explains that he'd stopped smoking and couldn't stop eating) and he certainly amassed quite a collection of fascinating recipes here! It's a challenge to find any without meat, but I did find one for the vegetarians, plus booze-spiked coffee because, well, booze-spiked coffee! Without further ado, The Man In The Kitchen!

That jacket!

K-lect them all for your '80s kitchen!


  1. If you ever need more old and weird entertaining/recipe books, I highly recommend the website http://awfullibrarybooks.net. It is run by two librarians who document all the strange books they find in their stacks. Great stuff!

  2. I love it! I also collect vintage cookbooks but this one is quite something!

    1. :D Aren't they the best? Like little time capsules!