Betty Crocker and Her Book that Changed How America Cooks

Betty Crocker and Her Book that Changed How America Cooks

Feb 07, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Long before Martha Stewart, there was Betty Crocker. In 1950, her brand-new Picture Cook Book hit shelves with sales that rivaled that of another big book, The Bible. To date, it has sold more than 75 million copies. She’s a household name, but who was Betty Crocker? Celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s favorite cook with a look back at her history, from her debut in 1921, through her current reign over one of America’s most popular food websites.

This fun illustrated lecture by historian Leslie, Goddard, Ph.D., looks at how Betty Crocker was invented, why her cookbook has endured and what makes her so iconic. Join us if you feel like cooking up some nostalgia!

Virtual Program – Space is limited. Stop by or contact the Reference Desk at 712-323-7553, to join us for viewing in Room B or to pre-register to view from home. Face masks are recommended in public indoor settings.


This program is free and open to the public and was made possible with help from the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation.