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Old 12-21-2006, 06:58 PM   #31
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I have one of those plastic cookbook stands that props up your book and protects the pages. I never use it. It just seems like a big effort, and most of the time I'm just trying to get a meal on the table in a reasonable amount of time.

I don't own any particularly valuable cookbooks, and I generally don't pay the full suggested retail price on what I buy, so I don't mind when I get them dirty.
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:11 PM   #32
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Writing down the recipe on a piece of paper helps a lot. Most people glance at them and go from there.
On the opposite side of the paper list the ingredients and check the ones which are not staples and might need to be added to the grocery list. Also make a note of the tools needed, pots or pans.
Then make a schedule for the things that need to be made ahead like marinating. Anything else that will save time in order to make a meal. Making pie crust the night before or the morning of.
Write out the general instructions next and you will have a very good idea of what you are doing.
(I was making a chocolate cake in the microwave. I glanced at the cookbook for the time schedule for cooking. And might I add there were pictures of the whole process from mixing to frosting. My pan was the same in the picture. {but my pan was not the same size....I did not notice that I was 8 cups short}. I stopped the microwave before my batter ran over the top. I made another cake {my pan was 8 cups and the one in the book was 16 cups} It turned out very nicely. I had finished baking the other one in the oven.) Not writing down stuff can catch up with you fast.
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:33 PM   #33
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my older cookbooks are very well used. Splattered and torn missing pages
but they are the ones i use the most. I have just started to buy some new ones and so far have kept them like new(so far-hehe)
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:49 PM   #34
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We have a collection of older cookbooks in very good condition. When we use them they lay flat on the table just three feet from our main prep counter. We keep a piece of tempered glass in the bookcase to hold them open when necessary.

We also have a smaller collection of "working" cookbooks that are often used right on the prep counter and they show it. Some of these are duplicates of books in the collection.
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:13 AM   #35
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I like cookbooks that open out flat. Anything other than that and I get annoyed as when you are cooking you don't want the pages to flip over so you lose your place. So any cookbook that doesn't open flat i make open out flat so they can take a bit of beating....although having said that I now have a cookback stand that holds the pages back.

As for stains and splotches... that doesn't worry me too much. I just wipe them away.
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:08 AM   #36
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My most-used cookbooks are a bit tattered and stained...the Fannie Farmer, and my first Joy of Cooking in particular. In fact, the hard-back cover actually came off my Joy of Cooking. I re-attached it, but I'd had a bit of the sippy when I did it, and the cover is now upside down.
Now that's funny Constance!
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:03 AM   #37
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I love my cook books! I cover them with a thick plastic sheet so that they don't wear off on the edges. Then I arrange them on my book shelf. First cuisine wise, then height wise
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:52 AM   #38
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Just counted. I have 31 which surprises me. That's a lot considering I don't like to cook from cookbooks!

About 29 of those are in the "pristine" shape many of you like. Two of them, however, are the way I like them -- old, semi-broken or re-bound, stuffed with papers, notes written within (in pen yet!), pages folded down. Those two are: my very first -- "Joy of Cooking," the one I'd never be without, and; my "Paradeisi" which is the Greek equivalent, an old, reliable, straightforward book of basic Greek cooking.

For those of you who think the shape they're in is a shame ... time to re-read that most wonderful of children's books, The Velveteen Rabbit! Books live to be read and loved!
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:13 PM   #39
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Just counted. I have 31 which surprises me. That's a lot considering I don't like to cook from cookbooks!

About 29 of those are in the "pristine" shape many of you like. Two of them, however, are the way I like them -- old, semi-broken or re-bound, stuffed with papers, notes written within (in pen yet!), pages folded down. Those two are: my very first -- "Joy of Cooking," the one I'd never be without, and; my "Paradeisi" which is the Greek equivalent, an old, reliable, straightforward book of basic Greek cooking.

For those of you who think the shape they're in is a shame ... time to re-read that most wonderful of children's books, The Velveteen Rabbit! Books live to be read and loved!
So true about loving and enjoying books! And for the majority of posters here who have cookbooks, I'm sure they agree. The difference might come into play for those who fancy themselves collectors and view their books as having particular value. I imagine one would be hard-pressed to find a book collector who doesn't try very hard to buy and keep his books in as good condition as possible.

Now, collecting cookbooks poses a special problem, as opposed to those who collect fiction or some other genre, because cookbook collectors tend also to use the books for recipes. So a cookbook collector will probably try to avoid the "well-loved" approach and will take steps to preserve the books' condition.

Personally, I don't get too crazy. I have covered all dust-jackets with Brodart (mylar protection), and I've stopped writing notes in my books. But we still take them into the kitchen to use and enjoy.

When I buy used cookbooks, though, I will tell you that I pass on those that are not in at least very good condition. The only time I might bend on that is if I found a 1931 Joy of Cooking, which was the very first (self-published) edition. But then, I probably couldn't afford even a poor copy, so I'll just dream on.
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:42 PM   #40
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I have many (won't take time to count) cookbooks. And of course I have my favorites. Mary Meade's Country Cookbook and Betty Crocker Cookbook. I have a collection of "real favorites" recipes. These are from friends and neighbors. I write or type the recipe on 81/2 x 11 plain bond paper. I have
5 white 3 rind binders in catagories. Breads Cakes Cookies Main Dishes
and Latest.

Each of the 3 ring Binders are divided into sections: Whole Wheat Bread,
Peasant Bread etc. This does make it easier to find the recipe .

Somehow I make selections from each cookbook....one may have an excellent Beef Stew, another may have favorite chicken etc. I have a contents list in front of each category..in my 3 ring binders.

And now that I joined the DC Forum I have one 3 ring binder with Latest.
The binders are "full". But there is always a new recipe I want to try.
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