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Cookbooks – How Many Do You Own? (Part 4)


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Hello everyone!!!  

Sorry so late to add this, I have not read the whole thread but I have 26, (very sad I know)..but I am looking to add more. (way more...!!!)

Nasty Bits will probably be on the  list....and a real good chocolate cookbook...anyone have any good sugestions?

Welcome CKatCook. What sort of chocolate cookbook are you thinking? Desserts vs making actual chocolates? I quite like Chocolate Obsession for abit of both areas right now.

I am thinking chocolate desserts, I would some that does interesting things with chocoate, like on meat and sauces that one would not expect....

thanks!

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Hello everyone!!!  

Sorry so late to add this, I have not read the whole thread but I have 26, (very sad I know)..but I am looking to add more. (way more...!!!)

Nasty Bits will probably be on the  list....and a real good chocolate cookbook...anyone have any good sugestions?

Welcome CKatCook. What sort of chocolate cookbook are you thinking? Desserts vs making actual chocolates? I quite like Chocolate Obsession for abit of both areas right now.

I am thinking chocolate desserts, I would some that does interesting things with chocoate, like on meat and sauces that one would not expect....

thanks!

Chocolate Fusion by Frederic Bau is a rather posh cookbook that uses chocolate for savory applications. I don't own it but I have looked through it, it has some interesting ideas but not sure if it is worth the money for the average home cook. For desserts I like Maida Heatter Chocolate Desserts and I have Nick Malgiari Chocolate though I haven't used it a lot. I tend to collect my chocolate dessert recipes from a variety of cookbooks. I looked around and realize that most of the cookbooks I have on chocolate are written for chocolatiers.

In keeping with the thread - how many cookbooks do you own - a conservative estimate is about 2500. I long since stopped counting and there is a whole bunch in the basement waiting for the never ending renovation to reach the point where the family room has shelving for them all.

Here is a link to the Bau book on e-bay.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Chocolate-Fusion-Chocol...1QQcmdZViewItem

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Kerry: that's one serious cookbook collection

114,276.

We take our child to St Catherines every week for physio, there is a bookstore there called Book Warehouse (online it's www.bookcloseouts.com) that sells overstock and damaged books and I used to have this problem resisting just about any cookbook that I saw there. I'm getting more selective as I really don't have room for what I've got.

Once I get the shelving up I'll figure out how many duplicates I have and there should be good pickins for the free cookbook thread. (That is IF the damned renovations ever get done.)

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Kerry: that's one serious cookbook collection

114,276.

Once I get the shelving up I'll figure out how many duplicates I have and there should be good pickins for the free cookbook thread. (That is IF the damned renovations ever get done.)

When we got our shelving up I found I had only a couple of duplicates. Then we moved countries last year and had to buy a pile of bookshelves for our rental house so I could have my "babies" housed where I could access them. Now it looks like we are going to have to move again. And in the meantime I've bought another pile of books. Even when you start getting "more selective" as you say, Kerry, there are still books you can't resist. And then I get the odd review books.

I have quite a lot of reference books among the collection and I refer to them constantly so at least part of the library is working for a living.

I am trying to discipline myself to pull out the occasional book and write a bit about it for my website. Next I have to discipline myself to spend less time working on the website so I have more time to read books.

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I downloaded Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management from Project Gutenberg.  ... For those who aren't familiar with it, this is one of the great Victorian best-sellers.

Yes: though not common in the US, Beeton is something of a national cookbook in Great Britain -- people from there have referred to "Mrs. Beeton" as a household phrase. (A bit like Escoffier in France, though his book is aimed at professional kitchens. More like Molokhovets in Russia.) In the US the closest parallel I've found -- which did not stay popular through the present day though it was phenomenally so in the 19th century and is still very useful -- was Eliza Leslie. The Hesses (ISBN 0252068750) depict it as the main US cookbook of the 19th century. K. G. Bitting's standard US gastronomic bibliography describes scores of editions of Leslie's books through 1881. Her original is still, conveniently, available in paperback:

Eliza Leslie, Directions for Cookery, Philadelphia, 1837. 1999 Dover facsimile reprint, ISBN 0486406148 .

(In case it's of interest.) -- MH

There are quite a lot of old books available online. Here are a few gleanings from Gutenberg (in addition to Mrs B)

- Cassell's Vegetarian cookery (1891)

- The Indian Cookery Book (c1900)

- Joe Tilden's recipes for Epicures (1907)

- 365 Foreign Dishes (1908)

- Reform Cookery (1909)

Also from <a href="http://www.harvestfields.ca/CookBooks/index.htm">Harvestfields site</a> there are, among other offerings:

- The Cook's Decameron (1901, a book of "Italian" recipes)

- George Washington Carver recipes (1918)

- The Boke of Cokery (1591)

- The Book of Fruits and Flowers (1653)

- The Country Housewife's Companion (1750)

And of course there are lots of wonderful offerings from <a href="http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/ ">Feeding America Project</a>

I use all of these regularly in researching for my blog. All free. No shelf-space required!

Happy Feasting

Janet (a.k.a The Old Foodie)

My Blog "The Old Foodie" gives you a short food history story each weekday day, always with a historic recipe, and sometimes a historic menu.

My email address is: theoldfoodie@fastmail.fm

Anything is bearable if you can make a story out of it. N. Scott Momaday

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Expecting from Amazon today:

The Talisman Italian Cookbook

Heat

Dishing with Style

Chef for All Seasons

My Life in France

The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine

All told, I've added an even 200 to my shelves since Dec. 2004. Is this an addiction yet?

Nah...

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If anyone has the (totaly cheesy) books by Cecil Dwyer called (somethig like)"Recipes From Bottles, Jars and Cans" I need the recipe from his first book for Marinated Mushrooms. It includes lemon juice, oil and thyme, among other things. I've used it and love it, but the book was lost in my house fire several years ago. All help is welcome!

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If anyone has the (totaly cheesy) books by Cecil Dwyer called (somethig like)"Recipes From Bottles, Jars and Cans" I need the recipe from his first book for Marinated Mushrooms. It includes lemon juice, oil and thyme, among other things. I've used it and love it, but the book was lost in my house fire several years ago. All help is welcome!

I don't have that one but one of the booksellers on abebooks has it for $1.

www.abebooks.com

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Her name is Ceil Dyer and the book is Best Recipes from the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Jars. It's not cheesy, it's fun, but I no longer own it. I see it at used bookstores, in libraries and online, often. I hope you find it.

Judy Amster

Cookbook Specialist and Consultant

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I posted somewhere back in the thread, but I'm up to around 700-800 now. I think I was around 200 before. I'm also reading Nasty Bits but that's not really a cookbook. I've also been reading Chocolate : A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light by Mort Rosenblum and Growing up on the Chocolate Diet by Lora Brody. I'm about to start What Einstein told his Cook.

I found a 1943 Joy of Cooking at a yard sale this weekend and a few other nice ones.

I forgot that I also have 200+ cookbooks listed on Amazon, which aren't included in that number. I'm going to be specializing in cookbooks as soon as I get enough of them.

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If anyone has the (totaly cheesy) books by Cecil Dwyer called (somethig like)"Recipes From Bottles, Jars and Cans" I need the recipe from his first book for Marinated Mushrooms. It includes lemon juice, oil and thyme, among other things. I've used it and love it, but the book was lost in my house fire several years ago. All help is welcome!

I don't have that one but one of the booksellers on abebooks has it for $1.

www.abebooks.com

Thank you! Heyjude, I apologize, you're absolutely right, the books are NOT cheesy and they ARE fun. That's what I get for posting after a long nite out... I really appreciate the information and have just ordered both books (the original and More...) from abebooks. First I've heard of them; hope they're good!

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If anyone has the (totaly cheesy) books by Cecil Dwyer called (somethig like)"Recipes From Bottles, Jars and Cans" I need the recipe from his first book for Marinated Mushrooms. It includes lemon juice, oil and thyme, among other things. I've used it and love it, but the book was lost in my house fire several years ago. All help is welcome!

I knew I had that book in my inventory; just ran across it. Is the recipe you want the avocado and mushroom salad? I didn't see anything else that looked close. It's marinated in wine.

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If anyone has the (totaly cheesy) books by Cecil Dwyer called (somethig like)"Recipes From Bottles, Jars and Cans" I need the recipe from his first book for Marinated Mushrooms. It includes lemon juice, oil and thyme, among other things. I've used it and love it, but the book was lost in my house fire several years ago. All help is welcome!

I knew I had that book in my inventory; just ran across it. Is the recipe you want the avocado and mushroom salad? I didn't see anything else that looked close. It's marinated in wine.

No, I know that's not it. The marinated mushrooms are real early in the book, something like page 22 sticks in my mind. I ordered both of the books, as I posted above and will dig out the recipe and post to the recipe collection (duh, brain f**t). :laugh: Thanks, though!

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I had a fun book excursion with a friend and brought home 10 used cookbooks, including a pristine copy of Cocolat by Alice Medrich, Beard on Birds, Cucina Simpatica and The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash. I have my eye on some new ones, too.

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Another score for me; The Fannie Farmer Cookbook by Marion Cunningham. Big fat juicy paperback, deliciously well used, from the Friends of the Library store for all of $1.00! Whee!

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First post :), hello all!

I have 26 cookbooks right now, but I have several in storage (we are currently in temporary housing (military), so most of our stuff is in storage)

I have a couple years of Bon appetits in storage as well.

Arriving today should be The Wine Lover's cookbook (hopefully!)

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