Bookshelf: TV Guide Cook Booklet

Bookshelf is a monthly column examining printed matter relating to television. While I love watching TV, I also love reading about it, from tie-in novels to TV Guides, from vintage television magazines to old newspaper articles. Bookshelf is published on the second Thursday of each month.

TV Guide Cook Booklet
First Published in 1970
Published by Triangle Publications, Inc.
30 Pages

This month’s column is a bit of a cheat, I admit, and I can’t rightly call it review because the only proper way to review a cook book–or a cook booklet, in this case–would be to actually use the recipes to prepare some dishes. Ask anyone in my family and they’ll tell you I am about as far from a cook as a person can get.

One of the more unusual aspects of TV Guide, in my opinion, was (is?) the inclusion of recipes. While I was reviewing issues for my A Year in TV Guide project I didn’t keep track of how many featured a recipe or two but it was a good percentage.

Front cover to TV Guide Cook Booklet
Front cover to TV Guide Cook Booklet – Copyright 1970 Triangle Publications, Inc.

The first page declares that the booklet includes “a selection of favorite recipes that have appeared in America’s favorite TV magazine.” There are a total of 36 recipes printed in the booklet, split into sections like The Accent is Mexican, Clambake at the Beach or at Home, For That Special Dinner, and Beef with Style. In all, there are eight categories.

Here are some of the recipes: Squash Spice Cake, Tuna Empanadas, Garlic Peanuts, German Beer Bisque, Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie, Red Cabbage with Apples and Wine, Maharajah’s Lobster Curry, French Bouillabaisse, and Florentine Eggs En Croute.

I’m curious about how the TV Guide Cook Booklet was distributed. There’s no price listed, which suggests it wasn’t sold. Was it sent to subscribers? Was it an insert in newspapers or some other magazine?

If your family sampled TV Guide recipes, be sure to hit the comments and let everyone know how the meals came out.


  • Brian French says:

    I am looking for a TV guide recipe from the 1980’s called “Calgary Steak”. Anyone know of this?

  • Vicki says:

    I’m looking for the actress who played Opal Courtland’s split pea soup, it had leeks in it and lots of meat. Can anyone help me. I made it years ago and lost the recipe which turned into a family favorite.

  • Dena says:

    I had a recipe from TV Guide from either the late 1980s or early 1990s that was for Belgium Waffles. Is there anyway to locate this particular recipe? It was delicious!

  • Barbara Molenda says:

    I’m looking for the edition that had hamburger recipes. My favorite was pineapple burgers. Wish I could see the index for this book.

  • Nelda Rainey says:

    I’m looking for the Beef Stroganoff

  • Rob Walker says:

    Looking for Persian Chicken Recipe from the 1980’s from TV Guide.

  • Paula says:

    I am looking for the Italian stir fry recipe!!! Some actor or actress gave it as their favorite recipe of their mom.

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