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Old 07-11-2014, 09:01 AM   #211
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I have told this before, but I think it bears repeating for our newer members.

I had gone into Borders to get my daughter a cookbook. There was a pile of Julia's latest cookbook. Baking With Julia. More like a coffee table book. I just HAD to have it. So I paid for it and as I was leaving the store, I was browsing through it with my head down and wasn't watching where I was going. I very rudely bumped into someone. It was Julia. She was going in the store for a book signing. She offered to autograph my book for me with a personal note and my name. When I had to downsize, it was one of the books that had to go. As I was packing, I carried that book around all day. I wish I had fought harder to be able to keep it. I am still regretting letting it go.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:07 PM   #212
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Yes. I seem to have a similar affliction.
I take 5 to the Oxfam shop and come away with another five. That's not how it's supposed to work.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:11 PM   #213
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I have the collection from Supercook magazines, bound in folders from A - Z. Also just 2 other cookbooks - a Margaret Patten allrounder (basic one) and a wholefoods one.

However, my most prized "cook books" are my own collected recipes - that are in 3 'books'. The first fairly small, the 2nd larger and the last a big file box! I keep an index of the successful ones to easily refer to them when needed.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:25 PM   #214
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I take 5 to the Oxfam shop and come away with another five. That's not how it's supposed to work.
That is right up there with going to just get bread and milk and you come home with a full grocery order.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:37 PM   #215
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I had a couple of hundred cookbooks before Steve and I combined households. Now I have maybe 10. If there's no room in the designated shelf in the kitchen cabinet then too bad. I'm happy to be living a clutter free life. Like many now days, the internet is my giant cookbook.
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Old 07-12-2014, 04:40 AM   #216
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I write down my tweaks and make sure my recipes are repeatable. I read for the ideas of flavor combinations, essentially creating my own recipe out of the many I may read. When I decide what I am going to cook, I reference my cookbooks and what I can find online and create my own recipe.
I'm in the "use recipes for inspiration" group. I cook using what is on hand, rarely shop for a specific recipe. I read my cookbooks. When I first started cooking, I followed recipes. Now I cook like chef Micheal Smith.
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Old 08-27-2014, 03:49 PM   #217
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I probably commented on this post 2 years ago with a much lower number but I counted and I'm at 61! My husband said a few don't count though like small ones I took from my mom/grandma. So more like 50 if I count his way of only nice ones I bought. I have no plans to cull any time soon. I look forward to owning a house with a real bookshelf one day


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Old 08-27-2014, 07:24 PM   #218
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I've lost count over the years how many cookbooks I've owned.
I've gifted many of them to needy recipients, just starting out in the kitchen.
But I still have my very first one
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My Dad gave it to me for Christmas, when I was maybe eight years old.
He knew that I SOOOOOO wanted to cook, but my Mom said that I couldn't until I was "big enough to reach the stove without the stool".
The first recipe I used from it, I made my Dad Cinnamon Toast, he said it was the best that he ever had.
I still make that for myself and get a nice warm feeling all over.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:27 PM   #219
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I had that cookbook K~girl!
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I had that cookbook K~girl!
Isn't that a fun cookbook?
I was fortunate enough to inherit my Paternal Grandmother's recipes from some of the restaurants in Honolulu, as well as the local Electric Company, what a treasure.
Some of those places are no more, other recipes have her hand written notes on the side margins.
She also gave me her recipe box with cards written by
my great grandmother.
I felt so blessed when she gave these to me.
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