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Old 08-24-2006, 07:06 PM   #1
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Fund Raiser Cookbooks

Wondering what everyone's opinion is on Fund Raiser type cookbooks. You know, the ones from churches, schools or some other organization.

I have some that I've bought because I've either attended that church or school or known someone that did.

Do you usually have pretty good results with the recipes? I've heard opinions on both sides.

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Old 08-24-2006, 07:17 PM   #2
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I like the few that I have.
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Old 08-24-2006, 07:27 PM   #3
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I think community cookbooks are great - some are better than others, of course! I enjoy Junior League cookbooks particularly. Usually with those the recipes are tested before being included.

I'm working on a cookbook committee right now for my church group. We're working with FRP (Favorite Recipes Press) who have done some great books. We are just starting the recipe collection process. In the past, our group has done 3 or 4 other books (the big thick ones with everybody's recipes and their names under) and this will be different... all the recipes will be tested and some weeded out... no cooks' names will appear except on a "contributors' list". There are some who aren't gonna go for that...
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Old 08-24-2006, 07:30 PM   #4
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I only have one that Ilike.....most of the others I have seen had recipes that sucked. I like books that have kitchen tested recipes in them. Especially if the ingredients is expensive.
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Old 08-24-2006, 07:56 PM   #5
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I only have one that Ilike.....most of the others I have seen had recipes that sucked. I like books that have kitchen tested recipes in them. Especially if the ingredients is expensive.
I gotta agree with you here, BB. I, too, have a couple that I like, but honestly, most of them are very redundant. The newer ones may be a bit more creative with fresh ingredients, but the old ones seemed to concentrate on different variations of the same recipe -- usually involving some type of canned soup and lots of processed food.

So it's ironic, then, for me to admit to owning quite a collection of older JL books (some newer ones too), other fundraising ones, and a whole bunch of the Favorite Recipes of Home Ec teachers that was put out by Favorite Recipes Press. I just love the retro-ness of them, even if I don't go to them for a lot of recipes.
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Old 08-24-2006, 07:59 PM   #6
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Some I like, others I don't!
Just like suzyQ said, many think that putting meat + soup + topping = a recipe!
However, I have some books that are fantastic! Those would be the ones that the contributors ONLY put in one recipe...their best!

The worst one I have is from a friend's organization. I purchased it before I saw it....and (ack!) there are so many spelling errors!!! At least 6 on each recipe!
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Old 08-24-2006, 09:24 PM   #7
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I don't know how effective they are as fund raisers. I have a couple that I like. I mostly don't buy them.
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Old 08-25-2006, 01:20 PM   #8
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So it's ironic, then, for me to admit to owning quite a collection of older JL books (some newer ones too), other fundraising ones, and a whole bunch of the Favorite Recipes of Home Ec teachers that was put out by Favorite Recipes Press. I just love the retro-ness of them, even if I don't go to them for a lot of recipes.

I forgot about the Home Ec ones. Yeah, my stepdaughter was selling them a couple years ago and I got two... then I found some more at a thrift store and started buying them... really haven't used any though. I would think that since the recipes come from the teachers, they should be good. Right?
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Old 08-25-2006, 01:31 PM   #9
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I once had the opportunity to look over a Devon County (US) community cook book. I have coveted it ever since. I would LOVE a collection of US community cook books. Many things American DC members take as basics are of course very different for non -US members. It was this book that has been the inspiration for me cheekily asking many UK cooks for the recipes to things....its heritage...hang on to it!
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Old 08-25-2006, 01:34 PM   #10
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I forgot about the Home Ec ones. Yeah, my stepdaughter was selling them a couple years ago and I got two... then I found some more at a thrift store and started buying them... really haven't used any though. I would think that since the recipes come from the teachers, they should be good. Right?
I don't know about that necessarily. The Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers books that I collect are mostly from the 60s and 70s, although I have a few more recent ones. My perhaps unfair view of home ec back then was that is was still stuck in thae "let's make sure we have balanced meals" approach rather than to any appreciation of what the results might, you know, taste like. If you read the prefaces to these and other major cookbooks written post-WW II, you see that same almost scientific approach to recipes and menus. I love them for their retro appeal but not necessarily for use today.

And I still remember my junior high school cooking home ec cooking teacher (do they still have them?) in the early 60s -- to Miss Crumpacker (yup), the art of cooking came down to how well you could measure ingredients and how boring you could make the whole process. But I also remember one brave soul of a home ec teacher in high school who had the audacity to try to get us to appreciate stir-fried fresh asparagus. I was the only one who would try it.
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