Some of them aren't dated, leaving me to have to guess how old they are. Including this one:
I've seen a couple of these on sale on eBay, but no one else seems to have a publication date either. Here's a clue on the back cover:
Wikipedia's page on "The Incredible Edible Egg" notes that the campaign began in 1977, which sounds about right. I have always thought that the campaign was a panicked response to the 1970s reports that linked cholesterol to heart failure. Prior to the 1970s, advertising eggs would have been like advertising air; everyone ate them, and if there wasn't a war on you could get them, and good for us! Then cholesterol became a thing and they had to write a jingle.
I think this book might be a second wave of the campaign. That flowy script on the cover, chosen for the book's "classic" theme, was very popular for a brief period in the dawn of the 1980s. After 15 years of psychedelia, hemp, country, and disco, there was a brief vogue for old money and preppy stuff. Including that font.
Classic egg recipes seems like a handy collection for the non-vegan in your life, and mine looks like it got some use. It is a guide for some great basics, like scrambled eggs and omelets, souffles and mousses, and of course, Scotch eggs!
So surely I couldn't find anything gross in this book of classics, right? Like, say raw-egg drinks?
"Old Fashioned Egg Coffee"?
I've noted elsewhere that one of the worst drinks I ever ingested was a silver fizz, a gin drink made with egg white that I drank on a dare. This book has a few, like that Instant Egg Pick-Up, that don't even soften the blow with alcohol. And speaking of alcohol, for those who had too much the night before:
Yes, the Prairie Oyster--"this drink is called the imbiber's breakfast." Which includes an ounce of brandy.
Things were different in 1980.
Below that they have the Egg Cream, which is a drink that famously has no eggs in it. But no, the American Egg Board found a way to squeeze two raw eggs into it. "Grownups like it too, and sometimes add a touch of spirits."
I think I'll stick with the Scotch eggs, thanks.
On the whole an interesting recipe tome, but I didn't find anything in the beverage area that didn't make me think of edible snot or salmonella. But I guess these things are classic too.