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Cookbooks – How Many Do You Own? (Part 1)

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#571 Suzanne F

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Posted 12 October 2003 - 02:40 PM

:blush: Not a cookbook, but yet another guide: The Vegan Guide to New York City.

#572 wesza

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Posted 12 October 2003 - 03:28 PM

I've just purchased some type of mixture., I'm serious it in brand new condition. But i'm not sure what Catagory it belongs to. It's a combination of Videos and a Book, plus a letter from the USDA.

"Cooking A World of New Tastes", USDA Training Videos and a 112 page referancw guide. There's no ISBN, but it's published by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service 1998. The letter is from: Shirley Watkins a USDA , Under Secretary. There are Four Sealed Videos, and it's all put together in a interesting plastic box to appear in book form. the outside cover has printed 1998 FNS 304 and a symbol "TEAM" Nutrition USA. there's also aemblem stating. Telly Awards Winner 1998.

Is this the type of thing that is worthwhile keeping in it's as new condition? Should I play the Videos ? Is it better to just keep this, or is it worth trading or selling. If it was just a cookbook, then i'd simply enjoy reading. But since I'm one of the rare persons without a video player i'd rather get advice.

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#573 Flocko

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Posted 13 October 2003 - 04:13 PM

Another excursion into one of my "rooms of the lost and mislaid books" have yielded this treasure trove. This is just like Christmas :biggrin: . Thus add another 13 including:

"Craig Claiborne's Favorites", vols 1-4 (1975-1978)..............his N.Y.T. columns from that period

"Back to Square One", Joyce Goldstein (1992)

"The Oxford Companion to Food" (1999)

"Trader Vic's Pacific Island Cookbook" (1968)

"The Biker Cookbook", by Spuds Murphy (1998) ........ :rolleyes: ......don't know where that one came from.

"The Prudhomme Family Cookbook" (1987)

"Low Cost Gourmet Cooking", by Ted and Jean Kaufman (1967)

"Cook Until Done", by George Bradshaw and Ruth Norman (1962)..............a great little book...............fun to read. It and "Low Cost Gourmet Cooking" were the first two cookbooks I bought myself......$.60 each NEW in late '60's :smile:

"The Complete Book of Soups and Stews" by Bernard Clayton, Jr. (1984)

"Loving Food" by Sara Jane Kasperzak (1991)
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Posted 19 October 2003 - 09:15 AM

If you're still counting, I have a modest collection of 72, not counting my 'Oxford Companion to Food'.

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Posted 19 October 2003 - 10:23 AM

As I was re-filing the collection the other night, I found one I'd left off the list -- The African-American Heritage Cookbook by Carolyn Quick Tillery -- so I guess you have to add one more for me. That brings my total to an even 600. And I should soon be receiving a copy of another one I worked on: Throw Me a Bone, a charming book of recipes to cook for your dog. So I guess you could add that one, also (even though it's not yet in hand).

And Suman, Oxford Companion definitely does count. :biggrin:

#576 MatthewB

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Posted 20 October 2003 - 10:32 AM

I was a bad boy this afternoon. (I've still housecleaning to finish.)

Marion Cunningham, Lost Recipes

Henri-Paul Pellaprat, The Great Book of French Cuisine (revised edition)

Waverley Root, The Food of France

Laurie Colwin, Home Cooking

Amendola & Rees, Understanding Baking (3rd ed.)

Jeremiah Tower, California Dish

Child & Pepin, Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home

#577 maggiethecat

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Posted 20 October 2003 - 10:41 AM

I was a bad boy this afternoon.

Um, I think you are a bad boy many, many afternoons, my friend. I am so jealous of your library.

Yes, I am still counting. 48, 158.

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#578 tsquare

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Posted 20 October 2003 - 11:17 AM

NW Bookfest this past weekend - 4 more (food related books) for me:

Beard on Food, James Beard (1st edition, $1.00)
The Northern California Best Places Cookbook, Cynthia Nims (also $1.00)
Macrina Bakery and Cafe Cookbook, Leslie Mackie & Andrew Cleary (1/2 price, just released!)
Seductions of Rice, Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid (1/3 price of hardback - less than the cost of the recently released soft cover). Made the potato-cauliflower curry last night.

#579 bjcohan

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Posted 21 October 2003 - 04:46 PM

Well, if you're really still counting, you can add my 500+. I'm not at home right now and so can't give an accurate count, but last time I counted, I stopped at 500. (Many are in Spanish, from Mexico and other parts of Latin America.) What a delightful addiction.

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#580 Suzanne F

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Posted 21 October 2003 - 07:23 PM

Matthew, I guarantee you will love Home Cooking. Reading it is like chatting with your best friends here, or having them come over to cook with you. If you see the second book, More Home Cooking, get that too. What a sad loss, that Laurie Colwin died so young.

#581 maggiethecat

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Posted 21 October 2003 - 07:27 PM

48,662. 9.21 miles.

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#582 wesza

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Posted 21 October 2003 - 07:41 PM

Two Books found me at a Thrift Shop today. " The Best of Chinese Cooking", by Cecilia Au-Yeung" Published 1985, and "Cooking Techniques", by, "Cox/Whitman' Published 1981. This book has excellent illustrations, step by step, that are very helpfull to readers.

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 05:39 PM

I fell in love with Russ Parsons last week. :wub: So today I picked up How to Read a French Fry.
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#584 maggiethecat

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 06:40 PM

I fell in love with Russ Parsons last week.  :wub:  So today I picked up How to Read a French Fry.

Me too! :wub: It's on my list.

48, 665

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#585 fresco

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 10:58 AM

Add three for me--Portuguese Table Wines, By Giles McDonogh (also discusses Portuguese food); The World on a Plate by Joel Decker (a FG recommendation) and The Food of Paradise by Rachel Lauden (eGullet's Caroline), a Julia Child Cookbook Award winner about Hawaiian food, which I can't wait to devour.
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Posted 23 October 2003 - 11:03 AM

48,668.

Note to self: Haven't bought a new cookbook for awhile. I'm due.

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#587 tejon

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 03:00 PM

Add another 39 to my count - just received my grandmother's cookbook collection, along with her HUGE index box of typed recipes :biggrin:
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#588 heyjude

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 03:32 PM

tejon, please tell us what is in your grandmother's collection. Old? New? Well-used? Complete with memories?
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Posted 23 October 2003 - 03:43 PM

I came back from a week long vacation last night with no new cookbooks. We were just too busy with family, but I intend to get busy here at home. I did see a copy of The Best of the Pillsbury Bake-Off bound in leather. I had seen several editions of this horizontal rectangle before, but never bound like this. When I took it off the shelf, I discovered that it had been presented to my first cousin for her winning entry in the 16th (1965)National Bake-Off. She was a very young housewife from Puerto Rico at the time. She never thought to tell me.
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#590 Squeat Mungry

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 03:48 PM

One more for me. When I got home last night, Patricia Well's Trattoria (snagged off eBay) was waiting for me.

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#591 tejon

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 04:02 PM

Where do I even begin? My grandmother loved to cook - she taught and inspired me in all things food related. The recipe box alone is a treasure to me, and looking through has left me even more impressed with my grandmother and the way she ran her kitchen.

Cookbooks:

The Joy of Cooking
Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Wolfgang Puck's Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen
McCall's, circa 1965
Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook, circa 1950 (very interesting reading - and the pictures!)
Larousse Gastronomique, circa 1965 :cool:
various Sunset cookbooks on canning, herbs, BBQ, etc.
many Tex-Mex and Mexican cookbooks
several regional cookbooks, church compilations, etc.

Then, the recipe box. Ahhh.....what riches. Each recipe has notes by my grandmother, including a list on the back of every time she served that dish, complete with dates, who was there, what she served with it, and how much each serving cost. In it is the sourdough pancake recipe I remember having for breakfast when I stayed at their house, the rolls our entire family demanded for every holiday meal (they were that good), the sweet chili sauce recipe from my great great grandmother, and more. I'm still going through all of it, reading all the little notes in each margin, and am immersed in memories. What a gift.
Kathy

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#592 Alex

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Posted 28 October 2003 - 09:29 AM

Where do I even begin? My grandmother loved to cook - she taught and inspired me in all things food related. The recipe box alone is a treasure to me, and looking through has left me even more impressed with my grandmother and the way she ran her kitchen.

Indeed, what a treasure you have! I hope it can be passed down for many more generations to come.

But back to cookbooks...

I couldn't resist The Good Cook's siren's song of 4 books for $1 if I re-joined. Winging their way to me are:
The Babbo Cookbook (counts as 2)
Forever Summer (Nigella)
The Paris Cookbook (Wells)

Also, from Bargain Books:
Julia and Jacques
Mostly Mediterranean (Wolfert)
The Essential Mediterranean (Nancy Harmon Jenkins) -- great book!
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#593 maggiethecat

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Posted 28 October 2003 - 10:20 AM

I'm still going through all of it, reading all the little notes in each margin, and am immersed in memories. What a gift.

Indeed, what a gift. And how wonderful, all that marginalia...not just recipes, but family history too.

48, 714.

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#594 rgruby

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Posted 29 October 2003 - 03:07 PM

3 more for me.

Culinary artistry by Dornenburg & Page.
Mrs Chiang's Szechwan Cookbook by Ellan Schrecker, &
Easy Cooking for Today by Pol Martin.

The last one has a bit of a story to it. Pol Martin was a French chef who came over to Canada and in the 1970s had a tv show on Canadian tv. (Anybody know whether it aired anywhere else?) He was also, for a time, my uncle.

I'm not sure I ever ate his food! In this book, he has a recipe called "Braised Chicken Mama Knox". Mama Knox was my grandmother (Martin's mother in law). I was not aware that this recipe was in the book when I picked it up. I also don't know whether this was a recipe of my grandmother's or not. I'll ask my sisters and see if they remember it. I might try and track down my cousins too and see if they know the origins of the recipe.

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Posted 29 October 2003 - 05:08 PM

I'm not sure I ever ate his food! In this book, he has a recipe called "Braised Chicken Mama Knox". Mama Knox was my grandmother (Martin's mother in law). I was not aware that this recipe was in the book when I picked it up. I also don't know whether this was a recipe of my grandmother's or not. I'll ask my sisters and see if they remember it. I might try and track down my cousins too and see if they know the origins of the recipe.

Cheers,
Geoff Ruby

Geoff:

How cool...I remember your grandfather's show. And what a kick to find a family recipe is his cookbook.

One more for me: "New Way to Cook."

48, 718.

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#596 hannahcooks

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Posted 29 October 2003 - 06:23 PM

One more for me: "New Way to Cook."

Oh, you'll love that.

One more for me, Cooking With Master Chefs. I thought I'd seen every episode, but flipping through the pages, I haven't. This was a buying a gift on Amazon so clearly I must buy myself something to get the free shipping purchase.

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Posted 29 October 2003 - 06:29 PM

This was a buying a gift on Amazon so clearly I must buy myself something to get the free shipping purchase.

Justification and guilt-free. I do it all the time.

I actually thought up stuff that I thought I needed to get as gifts to order something for ME to get the free shipping.
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#598 rgruby

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Posted 29 October 2003 - 10:31 PM

Thanks maggie!

He actually would've been my uncle at the time - but nonetheless I realize I missed a lot not knowing him better. I don't have an atagonistic relationship with his kids (my cousins) but it could be better. In fact, I have not talked with any of them since my granny's demise (her braised chicken recipe I mentioned). As you know, it's weird, but egullet may be the impetus to renew familial connections. (We were close as kids).

I'll let you know how it goes.

Cheers,
Geoff Ruby

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Posted 29 October 2003 - 10:49 PM

Thanks maggie!

He actually would've been my uncle at the time - but nonetheless I realize I missed a lot not knowing him better. I don't have an atagonistic relationship with his kids (my cousins) but it could be better. In fact, I have not talked with any of them since my granny's demise (her braised chicken recipe I mentioned). As you know, it's weird, but egullet may be the impetus to renew familial connections. (We were close as kids).

I'll let you know how it goes.

Cheers,
Geoff Ruby

48, 729.

Yes, Hannah...it's got the cooking intellect and the cooking juices bubbling. Thanks to MatthewB, who was so enthusiatic in showing me his copy of "A New Way to Cook" last weekend. Her confit duck method sounds fascinating.

Geoff: What the hell, renew those familial connections! I've found my cousins have become very interesting grownups.

 

 

 

 

[Moderator note: This topic continues in Cookbooks – How Many Do You Own? (Part 2)]


Edited by Mjx, 01 February 2014 - 04:20 AM.
Moderator note added.

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