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Old 01-09-2007, 09:45 AM   #11
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My first cookbook was the Cooking Light Complete cookbook - I still use it!
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:56 AM   #12
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My first cookbook was a Betty Crocker cookbook for kids, which I got for Christmas when I was 8 years old. The first recipe I made out of it was Egg in a Hole.

In college I bought myself The Kitchen Survival Guide which was a wonderful help living on my own for the first time, setting up kitchen and cooking on a budget. As a college graduation present, my mom bought me a red-and-white-checkered Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook, as her mom had done for her.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:00 AM   #13
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My first book was from my Grandmother - It was "The Joy of Cooking" - Still have it but sadly it is lacking the cover and held together with rubber bands!!!
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:03 AM   #14
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My first book was from my Grandmother - It was "The Joy of Cooking" - Still have it but sadly it is lacking the cover and held together with rubber bands!!!
Have you considered takingit to a bookbindery and getting it re-bound? That, or getting a new copy if it doesn't have sentimental value and/or notes within.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:07 AM   #15
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The first cookbook I used was DM's Settlement Cook Book that she received as a wedding gift in 1942. The first cookbook I owned was McCall's Cook Book that DW and I received as a wedding gift in 1965.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:17 AM   #16
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Have you considered takingit to a bookbindery and getting it re-bound? That, or getting a new copy if it doesn't have sentimental value and/or notes within.

It is special as my Grandmother, mother, and I have made the book the way it is through lots of use - It binds us together through time ..... even without binding or cover......-
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:26 AM   #17
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I had a box full of favorite recipes that I had gathered from the time I was 5; still have many of them. The first real cookbook was a '77 or '78 hardbound Betty Crocker; it is held together with rubber bands too, expatgirl!!! No way will I do without it!!! BTW, check on Albris if you ever need to find an old cookbook. I have another book place that is very good also if you ever need it.
Thanks, Skunka------I know that I checked Alibris (wonderful site by the way) before I inherited "The Bible" from my MIL and at the time they had no copies of that particular publishing (it's the one with the pie sections on the cover and various foods appearing in the pie sections to be more exact). So,yes, I'm always interested in other book sites. Thanks!!!!
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:18 PM   #18
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Great thread JKath! Love reading your stories. Just another idea for old cookbooks. I've have bought some great old cookbooks at great prices on Ebay.
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:15 PM   #19
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Great thread JKath! Love reading your stories. Just another idea for old cookbooks. I've have bought some great old cookbooks at great prices on Ebay.
So have I! I love the series that James McNair has (gorgeous photos!!) and have purchased most on ebay/amazon.
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:38 PM   #20
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My very first cookbook is 32 pages long, with a slightly tattered red cover, now held together with tape. It is "Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice" from the Westinghouse Home Economics Institute, price 50 cents. Acquired during a field trip with my Girl Scout troop, circa 1955. I was in 4th grade.

(The other thing I remember from that field trip is hearing Elvis Presley's songs for the very first time. Someone had a portable radio, and on the bus going home, we all sang "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog" with great enthusiasm.)

The recipes are carefully annotated with scrawling pencil writing. Almost forgot I still had this book until I read this thread.

My first grown-up cookbook was "The Joy of Cooking." Received it at my wedding shower. Gave it pretty constant use for many years.

Great memories! Thanks, JKath!
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