The Delta Gamma Cookbook

The Delta Gamma Cookbook was published in 1966 by the Delta Gamma Foundation.  Delta Gamma is a college sorority founded in Oxford, Mississippi in 1873 whose headquarters are now in Columbus, Ohio.  The 1966 cookbook is Delta Gamma’s first attempt at a cookbook since their 1922 cookbook – which is available in reprint.   

The recipes contained in the cookbook were submitted by alumnae and selected on the basis of their uniqueness and variety in an attempt to represent each alumnae chapter. As with most promotional cookbooks whose recipes come from their membership, credit is given to each submitter in addition to their alumnae chapter. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook supported “all of the worthy programs of the Delta Gamma Foundation.”  The price of the cookbook in 1966 was $3.00 per copy postpaid. 

Sections of the cookbook include:

  • Appetizers
  • Soups
  • Seafoods
  • Meats
  • Poultry
  • Barbeque
  • Salads
  • Vegetables
  • Breads and Rolls
  • Desserts
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Pies
  • Charts
  • Index


Here are a few recipes from the cookbook –

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon each of salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon
1 tablespoon gelatin soaked 5 minutes in 1/2 cup cold water
3 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar

Beat egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar and add pumpkin and seasonings and milk. Cook over low heat until thick. Add gelatin soaked in water and stir until dissolved. Cool. When beginning to thicken, add the egg whites beaten until stiff with 1/2 cup sugar. Pour into a baked pie shell and chill. 

Beulah Brigham Doty; Xi, Clearwater


Bess’ Best French Dressing

This recipe is unusual in that it is equally good on fresh fruit salad, tossed salad or seafood salad. This is an old family recipe at one time sold commercially in Wisconsin. 

12 ounces Wesson Oil
12 ounces vinegar
12 ounces sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon garlic juice
1 teaspoon onion juice
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Makes one quart

Doris Watt Johnson; Alpha Lambda, San Fernando Valley

Author: Delta Gamma Fraternity
Publisher: The Delta Gamma Foundation
Year Published: 1966
Pages: 246