Nancy Drew Cookbook Review - Collectibility

This article reviews the collectible Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking. Many cookbook collectors may not even have this book on their radar. It is typically among a Nancy Drew collection vs. a cookbook collection.

Cookbook Title: The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking
Author: Carolyn Keene
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlop
Copyright: 1973 (photo shown is 1977 printing)
Format: Hardcover, 159 pages
Specialization Categories: Book Cookbooks
Average Price: $10 - $12
Noted Recipes: The Case of the Smothered Pork Chops, Bess's Secret Chocolate Waffles, Hidden Staircase Biscuits, English Popovers, Tolling Bell Tuna Rolls, Haunted Showboat Pralines


Availability: 5.0
Popularity: 5.0
Investment Outlook: 7.0
Final Collectibility Factor: 5.67

The Nancy Drew Cookbook - Availability Rating - 5.0

This cookbook is somewhat easy to find on auction and other used book sites. There are usually at least a dozen or so copies available on any of the mainstream book sites. Make sure to get the original -- there is a more current reprint available which would not make for a good collectible given the original is the one that will go up in value. The original is printed in a similar format/fashion to that of books from the series during the 60's.

The Nancy Drew Cookbook - Popularity Rating - 5.0

Like all Nancy Drew books, this is is a popular book--mainly among Carolyn Keene fans. The cookbook gained its popularity from the author and notoriety of the series vs. the recipes or cookbook content itself. Only a Nancy Drew fan would appreciate the book as the recipes are not particularly special or enticing.

The Nancy Drew Cookbook - Investment Outlook Rating- 7.0

This is a great investment. At $10-$12 for a copy of the 70's printings, this book is sure to gain value over time. Many of the earlier Nancy Drew books from the 30's - 50's are worth several times that price. This cookbook may gain popularity again with the reprint which could take the original up more in value as well. There is almost always a demand for this category of cookbook (based on a popular book series or TV series) so you can't lose at today's price.

The Nancy Drew Cookbook - Final Collectibility Factor Rating - 5.67

Overall, this makes a very good collectible cookbook given the fame of Carolyn Keene. Being part of the popular Nancy Drew series alone makes this a wonderful find and something nice to hand down to family as part of a collection.