These vintage-inspired lovelies are our homage to the most recent edition of the venerable Joy of Cooking. Learn more about the classic cookbook and the home cooks charged with updating the collection of more than 2,000 recipes in our recent Talking With My Mouth Full podcast.
A rotary egg beater Devo would love
One of our dear friends still uses her mother’s rotary egg beater for everything—the fluffiest whipped creams, the smoothest gravies, and the airiest Yorkshire puddings I’ve ever had. Also, she has the most defined biceps we’ve ever seen. She says it’s from pilates, but I’m convinced it’s from using one of these stainless steel babies. That might just be wishful thinking, but I bet her mom’s arms are pretty buff, too.
A cranked-up flour sifter
Just looking at this, we can almost hear the squeaking sound of our childhoods. Flour sifters might not be as de rigueur as they were 40 years ago since flour is much more refined now. But for making the lightest and most nostalgic angel food or genoise cakes, this 2-quart crank-handled sifter is a must.
Easy-being-green mixing bowl set
These mint green nesting bowls are perhaps the best inspiration we can conjure to mix up something lovely—well, aside from the actual result. Why not all three with these glass bowls in 7, 9, and 10 inches. The soft green finish is just as lovely on display in your kitchen as it is for dominating the dessert table at your next potluck.
Jetsons, your bread box is ready
Remember when we all just had a reasonable amount of bread on hand? That is, before we all started living in lockdown with 300 ounces of living, breathing, steadily growing sourdough starter in our kitchens? Consider this adorable retro bread box your excuse to have just a single loaf of bread on hand.
Canisters as cool as beat poets
These mid-century modern styled canisters with their cool retro design will stand out in your kitchen and show just how hip you truly are. Plus, though they’re designed with a practical purpose in mind for keeping flour, sugar, tea bags, and coffee beans fresh, they’re eminently versatile.
Donna Reed-eat-your-heart-out apron
The only reason that Mrs. Cunningham could get away with calling the Fonz “Arthur” was her enviable collection of aprons. This apron with its whimsical print and flared skirt will have you feeling like you’re in another decade—and perhaps twirling about the kitchen with a little more flair than usual. Mrs. C knew a thing or two about presentation.
Jell-O was made for this mold
We hear gelatin desserts are making a comeback. We’re not promising anything, but we would encourage you to take a look at this aspic mold with removable top and bottom that will guarantee whatever you turn out of it—whether sweet Jell-O or savory aspic—is a conversation stopper.
Pot art pressed into service
This ceramic porcelain dinner service for 4 is a chic way to show off that beef stroganoff you’ve been craving. The mid-century tones will look charming on all tables. And you know that polka dots are the Twiggy of patterns—iconic, mod, and whimsical. Your meatloaf deserves at least that, doesn’t it?!
Potholders so cheery you can call them “Mother’s Little Helper”
We all know the most common and expected use for potholders. Though we consider these to also be the perfect size and shape to wrap around a retro martini shaker to avoid frostbitten fingers. Absorbent, brightly colored, and just the right size, these are perfect for shaking cocktails or serving hot plates of bacon-wrapped hors d’ oeuvres.
A toaster worthy of Cadillac
This might be my favorite item on the list—a top-quality toaster with serious vintage appeal. The removable warming rack is perfect for gently heating anything that won’t easily fit inside. (We’re looking at you, blueberry muffins.) And we especially appreciate the countdown timer on the front.
A scale your cat could curl up in
This cute little number helps you to get the perfect weight of flour for your coveted sourdough or just makes sure that you don’t overdo it with your serving of meatballs when you go back to your keto diet. The retro styling and large, easy-to-read dial make it a real knockout on the counter while the removable bowl and easy-to-calibrate dial make it a standout for all your baked beauties.
All products featured on Leite’s Culinaria are independently selected by our staff.