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Old 01-11-2010, 09:06 PM   #41
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I've not found many of the recipes overly inspiring but it always gives me a place to start.
That is key. Any recipe is really just a place to start.
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:33 AM   #42
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"The Wise Encyclopedia of Cookery". More of a dictionary or reference book than recipe book (although it has plenty of those), it will tell you more about everything than you can ever need to know. I have shelves full of cookbooks, but the recipes I use most often are actually on cards or clipped from magazines/newspapers. Or copied from murder mysteries. (If you like that genre, read books by Diane Mott Davidson - her main character is a caterer with "killer" recipes!) Plus I have my Mom's and Great-Aunt's books and notes...dating back to the 1930s. Don't use the lard anymore...

Although I use cookbooks for the recipes I am most often found reading them like novels!
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:40 AM   #43
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Although I use cookbooks for the recipes I am most often found reading them like novels!
DH once teased me when he caught me reading a cookbook. He asked if I was studying for a test, I told him with the prices of food the way they are, he better hope I passed. I'm forever reading cookbooks like they are novels.

I like to make sure any Ethnic cookbooks I buy have a substantial section on food prep in their pocket of the world and how to use unfamiliar ingeredients.
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