I have a pretty big collection of cooking/entertaining books. About 15 years ago I attended an estate auction of a deceased 90+-yr old woman and I bought a few boxes of her cookbooks. She was in a book club (many of the books were labeled "book club edition").
Many appeared to have never been opened, like this one from 1960 titled, The Art of Serving Food Attractively. There are none of the beautiful color pictures that we are used to today in this 51-year old book. In fact there were only a few black/white drawings, like this one showing how to make bologna and cheese sandwiches look good--what fun!
This book was published in 1992, but is still in black/white.
I work with people who plan parties, but I have never had a reunion serve a cake like this!
This book published in 1983 is one of my favorites:
One of my more current entertaining books is this one from Christopher Lowell--you can tell it's fairly current because he uses the word "tablescapes":
He has wonderful color pics and sets the type of tables we are all setting today. Look, he even used zebra fabric on this one!
What about you--do you have any favorite entertaining books?