The Queen of Hearts Cookbook

I found this unusual treasure on eBay a few weeks ago. In one of those hopeless searches where you don’t really know what you are looking for, until you have found it.

The cover swayed me almost instantly, I was completely intrigued. It was first published in 1955 and it seems to have belonged to a few people along the way, I noticed inside it has different prices written in pencil.

As soon as it arrived, I was smitten, the cover is stunning and the book has a beautiful layout. I particularly love the quirky illustrations and notes, referring to the Queen of Hearts.

There are a few unusual recipes, and a few I think I’m going to give a go. I must admit this is as much a nostalgia item for me to enjoy, as it is a practical item for me to use.

The thing you never know with eBay is whether you are actually going to win the said item, it was listed at 25p to start, but I knew it would realistically sell for more. In the end I managed to get it for £2.20 (plus £1 for the postage)
Not bad considering it is not your everyday cookbook.


  1. Oh gosh, I suddenly need that book in my life!

  2. Wow wow wow! This is one of the prettiest books I've ever seen! Great find my lovely. x

  3. Wow, that is one of the loveliesst cookbooks I've ever seen! I think you got quite a bargain!

  4. Nawh, cutest book EVER!! Goooooooood find! ;)

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  5. Lol i've actually just done a serach for that boo on ebay after reading your post but with no luck! I love items like this, especially whn you get them for such a bargain!


  6. Oh wow. I'm smitten with the illustrations - so beautiful. You've got to love old cookery books. Can you imagine going in a shop now and asking for a brick of icecream, preferably rum flavoured?!

    You've got a good bargain there too - I've just had a quick hunt on Abebooks and they're all more expensive, plus hefty p&p charges!

  7. super lovely :) such a great find

  8. Seriously, you must have the most epic collection of books!


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