The Vintage Baker

Jessie Sheehan

This keepsake cookbook features fetching retro patterns and illustrations, luscious photography, an embossed foil cover, and—surprise! —a tiny, authentically vintage, booklet inside. Blue-ribbon recipes inspired by baking pamphlets from the 1920s to the 1960s are rendered with irresistible charm for modern tasks in this sweet package. Here are more than 50 cookies, pies, cakes, bars, and more, plus informative headnotes detailing the origins of each recipe and how they were tweaked into deliciousness. For home bakers, collectors of vintage cookbooks or kitchenware—really, anyone who loves beautiful, quirky gifts—this is a gem.

Creator Bio

Jessie Sheehan is the coauthor of Icebox Cakes (Chronicle Books) and has contributed to many other cookbooks. She writes, bakes, and develops recipes for sweets in Red Hook, Brooklyn, not far from her beloved Baked, the bakery where she got her start.


“Just reading it puts me in a very happy place.” Nigella Lawson

“This adorably retro book will make the perfect gift for any avid baker, even if that baker is you […] We love the guide to basic techniques in the back of the book, useful for novice bakers, and we adore the tiny, old-fashioned pamphlet included inside the cookbook, with over 25 of the original recipes before tweaks — sort of a culinary glimpse “behind the scenes.” Too cute.” Easy Food

“Give your dessert table a retro twist with these recipes from The Vintage Baker by Jessie Sheehan, (Chronicle, Books. £18.99). Discover popular sweet treats from the 20s to the 60s – sour cream jumbles, anyone?” You & Your Wedding

“Just like Mam Made: Bite into nostalgia with one of these vintage bakes” Woman’s Way


Price £18.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 5 June 2018
Pages 160
Height 203mm
Width 152mm
Illustrations foil stamped cover, 16-page tip-in booklet; Vintage recipe booklet art; 30 photographs
Rights Europe, Africa
ISBN-13 9781452163871