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Rochester Junior League Cookbook Applehood and Motherpie

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I love old cookbooks, especially community cookbooks. I have a collection of old church cookbooks, each recipe is neatly typewritten, quite the feat when I consider the amount of times I use the backspace key. I also have cookbooks compiled by schools, such as nursery and private schools, those are fun because they often feature artwork from kids.  A few general vintage cookbooks round out my collection, just because they can be fun to read. But my favorite by a landslide is the Rochester Junior League Cookbook Applehood and Motherpie

Ask any cookbook collector and they will tell you no cookbook collection is complete without some Junior League cookbooks.  Junior League cookbooks are considered the golden standard of community cookbooks. Created by Junior League chapters all over the country the cookbooks are used to raise money for churches, schools and other various nonprofit community programs, that feature tried and true recipes with a focus on local tastes and trends.

If you walk into any bookstore you will find a ton of newer cookbooks all with highly styled gorgeous photos.  Applehood & Pie’s focus was always on the job at hand:  providing you with a book full of amazing recipes with local ties. There are no full-page glossy photos, but the recipes enough. I find myself reaching for this book again and again.

Rochester Junior League Cookbook Applehood and Motherpie

Junior League cookbooks become beloved in the communities they were created. I grew up in Wayne County which lies within the Rochester area, and is also the biggest apple producing county in the state of New York,  Applehood and Motherpie was almost required reading. The appeal was twofold for us, many of the recipes feature apples, and it was put together by our neighbors down the road, or New York State Route 104 to be exact.

Almost all my friends mother’s kitchens had a copy of the Applehood and Motherpie. Usually the book was proudly displayed on a shelf, easy to spot sporting an  apple– green vinyl cover that bends partway so that the book cover can also serve as book stand, which by the way is truly a genius idea. The book was first published in 1981, but is still in print, and you can get the vinyl stand book cover version directly from the Junior League of Rochester, and I even have a $5 off coupon code for you! Just use the coupon code HomeinFLX .

Want to take a peek into Applehood and Motherpie? These are a few of my favorite recpies:

Ann in Massachusetts

Saturday 21st of November 2020

I lived in Rochester when Applehood and Motherpie came out in 1981. The book itself, with that "fold back" cover, was a brilliant addition to my cookbook collection; so clever and easy to use! My kids were toddlers back then, and our favorite project was making the fat pretzels found on page 78. I made them again, today, and they are still fabulous!


Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Hello! I am in search of the Deluxe Carrot Cake Recipe from the Junior League Cookbook. Can you help me with this. My cookbook is at our home in Roanoke Virginia and due to the Pandemic, we are remaining in this area until the end of the year. If you can help me with this, awesome!

Carol A. Contestabile

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Hi, we have moved three times and I have misplaced my cook book. I am looking for the broccoli and pea casserole recipe. My email is

Thanks so much, Carol Contestabile

Carole Williams

Monday 23rd of November 2015

I'm planning to bake Apple Bread from Applewood & Motherpie: Handpicked Recipes from Upstate New York on Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. I plan to serve it for breakfast Thanksgiving morning and to give half of it to our neighbors for their breakfast.

Does anyone know if the baking instructions, which are,"Preheat over to 325 degrees and bake until set, 55-60 minutes" for a convection oven or a conventional oven, the kind our Moms used.

Thank you for your help and Happy Thanksgiving. Carole

Jennifer Morrisey

Monday 23rd of November 2015

Hi Carole, I have actually made this recipe! My oven has an optional convection oven setting, but I did not turn it on for this recipe and the 325 F for an hour was pretty spot on. If you would like to use your convection oven I would recommend either by lowering the oven's temperature by about 25 degrees, or shortening the cooking time by about a quarter (That is what my oven manual calls for when using convection, and seems to be the standard recipe adjustment) Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday 7th of April 2015

[…] of my favorite appetizers was Cucumber Dip. This recipe comes from a cookbook called Applehood and Motherpie Handpicked Recipes from Upstate New York and I bought the book while living in Rochester during the early 1990’s. It is very […]