Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and make yourself comfortable and let us know what is new in your life. I thought we could talk a little about cookbooks today. Once when I came home with a new cookbook my Mom asked if I didn’t have enough cookbooks. I told her you could never have enough cookbooks. Follow me below the squiggle to take a peek at some of my favorites.
I received my first cookbook as a Christmas present when I was 10. It was Betty Crocker’s Boys and Girls Cookbook; I still have the cookbook although it is missing a few pages. My first adult cookbook was the 1961 version of Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook. I needed it for a Home Economics class. It is not in the best of shapes but it still gets used. I inherited my Mom’s 1956 version. It was the only cookbook my Mom ever had and is stuffed full of recipes that she got from magazines and the newspaper. I have the 40th Anniversary edition and a special reproduction of the first Betty Crocker Cookbooks. One of the most used cookbooks that I have is the Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook. You can tell which recipes I tried by looking at the food stains on the pages. I use my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook a lot. I have two versions of their New Dieter’s Cookbook that I got when married to an overweight husband that I was trying to get weight off of. I have the cooking standard of The Joy of Cooking.
I have a good collection of cookbooks that are specific to a type of cooking. I have several cookbooks dedicated to healthy living. I use my crockpot all the time and have a collection of cookbooks dedicated to slow cooking. I am building up a good collection of cookbooks dedicated to regional cooking. My Tex-Mex collection has Rick Bayless’s Mexico One Plate at a Time as its anchor. Nick Stellino holds down the anchor spot for Italian cooking. Martin Yan has place of honor for my Chinese and Asian cooking.
I have also compiled cookbooks based from many sources especially the Internet. I did one cookbook for friends and it was dedicated to diabetic cooking. I collected a couple hundred of my favorite recipes together in one book. I also did a Celtic Cookbook featuring the food of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Lately of course I have been editing my own cookbook while starting on original recipes cookbook number two.