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Old 08-14-2011, 08:22 AM   #11
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I agree with you once you get past all of the mushroom soup and jello you can find some real heirloom recipes.
LOL!!! You hit that nail right on the head! Twice. It's the reason I usually avoid the church & organization books.

Most of the older books didn't have many pictures. They were just a collection of recipes, and you had to picture it yourself. I think the old standbys like Betty Crocker and Good Housekeeping are greatly underappreciated today. If they had a pic of every recipe, they'd get a lot more use.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:18 AM   #12
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A few months back I found a copy of the 'Women's Circle Cook Book: Reader Tested Recipes' from 1971 in a second-hand store. I've found a few gems in there, including a great egg-less, moist chocolate cake recipe (is it just me, or free-range / organic eggs getting ever more expensive?).

It's quite extensive, covering everything - punches, meals, starters, bread, candy and loads more. Some things I've never even heard of before. It also contains some excellent recipes passed on through generations of immigrant families.

Another great little gem is 'Henderson's Wholefood Cookbook' from Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant / Cafe / Bakery in Edinburgh, which I picked up years ago when I lived in Scotland.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:20 AM   #13
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Lol! My great aunt even published a recipe for Playdoh! We used to make it with her all the time as kids.

I'd love to get a copy of this recipe pretty please if possible My mother used to make us home-made playdoh as a kid, but I don't think she has the ingredients list anymore
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:39 AM   #14
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I'd love to get a copy of this recipe pretty please if possible My mother used to make us home-made playdoh as a kid, but I don't think she has the ingredients list anymore
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Play Doh

3 c. Flour, 1 c. Salt, 1 T. Alum

Add enough water to these ingredients to give it a good working consistency. Food coloring may be added and this will store in covered containers for several days.
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:45 AM   #15
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Ta heaps for this - will give it a go :-)
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:13 PM   #16
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I hate it when that happens. I just hit something on the keyboard that deleted this. Start again.

I, too, cannot say enough about local civic organization cookbooks, especially for novice cooks who might live in areas where exotic ingredients are not readily available. I've bought them (there are 3 I think) in Hawaii, at ethnic festivals (my go-to-Greek resource) and a dozen or so places in between.

I went upstairs to just look at my extensive collection and of the books, the most worn out are "All Along the Danube" by Polvay (a collection of eastern European recipes), "Le Guide de la Cuisine Traditionelle Quebecoise" that I pull out every time I make tourtiere, even though I've settled on my own recipe, just to refresh my thoughts (I bought it in French to challenge my little gray cells, but it is available in English), and Jane Butel's Hotter than Hell. It just kills me that I can't find my all time go-to Italian cookbook, maybe it fell apart and died. It was something like the Rogmalis, I think from an old PBS series.

These are cookbooks I've used to death, to the point where I seldom use them any more because they're somewhere imprinted in my brain. But if you pick them up and let them flop open, they will open to a recipe I've used to death, the pages smeared and spotted, and notations on how to change the recipe -- double, halve or eliminate -- all over.
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Old 08-14-2011, 03:20 PM   #17
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I find the most unappreciated cookbooks at garage sales
lol, very witty.

I thought this was about cookbooks for people who's cooking isn't appreciated by those they feed...
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:38 PM   #18
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I was more hoping for stuff like Claire posted. Gives me books to look for :).
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:45 PM   #19
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Claire, is this it? Amazon.com: The Romagnolis' Table: Italian Family Recipes (9780316755627): Margaret Romagnoli: Books

Also, whenever you hit a key and your typing disappears, just do CTRL-Z to bring it back (that's UNDO). It should work in most ways.
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:46 PM   #20
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I love " Fix-it and Forget-it Cookbook - Feasting With Your Slow Cooker" by Ranck and Good. I bought it at one of my school's cheap book sales, and it's a compilation of TNT recipes. Much stained and well used.
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