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Old 01-09-2007, 02:22 AM   #1
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Your First Cookbook

What was it?

My first decent one I bought and cooked out of was Martha Stewart's Christmas (I think around '88) I still make the sugar cookies - they're my favorites for shapes.

However, my very first one is called "The Cookie Book", purchased in 1973. The inside cover has my not-so-legible second-grade signature. It has a different cookie recipe for each month, and I chose it from the Scholastic Book Club at school. I believe it was a whopping 40 cents.

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Old 01-09-2007, 02:55 AM   #2
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My first cookbook was of course my very own, a compilation of recipes from my student days while studying Domestic Science. Subsequently I purchased "Cakes and Pastries," a good housekeeping step-by-step cookery book which was published in 1984. It has a lot of nice recipes with colour photos and a section called 'Useful Information and Basic Recipes.' Very helpful cookbook indeed.
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:02 AM   #3
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Dare I admit? It was a ... Winnie The Pooh cookbook I bought for myself when I was a teenager!
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:16 AM   #4
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My MIL gave me my first cookbook, 1972(I believe) paperback edition of Betty Crocker. I learned to cook from that book and it had such wonderful classic recipes that you don't find in today's BC books. It finally fell apart and I never could find another copy. Then my MIL passed away this summer and I inherited her copy. What memories-----hers was held together by rubberbands. Research has revealed that this cookbook in good condition is worth over $100+ and considered rare.
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:43 AM   #5
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My first cookbook was "The American Woman's Cook Book" written by someone from the Culinary Arts Institute. I chose that one because my mother had one that I loved. I had used hers from the time I started cooking at about 10 years of age and when I married I couldn't part with it, so bought one of my own. I still use it from time to time.
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Old 01-09-2007, 07:09 AM   #6
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My first cookbook was The Big Book of Beautiful Biscuits (Cookies) that my mum bought me for my birthday, I must have been about 13.

The book she gave me when I left home was "The Central Cookbook". It was a kind of a rite of passage, it was written by a Tasmanian teacher and used to be the text book used in all schools in Tasmania, and every single one of my friends had a copy given to them by their mothers when I left home. I still use it regularly.
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Old 01-09-2007, 07:23 AM   #7
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When I left for college, I brought a "little black book" of my mom's recipes. She wrote them in a style of "Cooking for Dummies", to be foolproof and self-explanatory. That was my "basic training". The first cookbook I bought was "Burda" magazine cookbook in German. Even though my German was rudimentary, pictures were so inviting I coud not resist!
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I was given a gift basket at my wedding shower in 1988 that included Better Homes and Gardens red and white checked cover cookbook. I still have it and use it.
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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.
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:34 AM   #10
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My first cookbook was the Betty Crocker's Boys and Girls cookbook. I got it for my 7th birthday and it came to be one on my favorite birthday gifts as a child. I remember flipping through the pages dreaming of the dishes I would make. But my mom didn't like us puttering in the kitchen. So I kept dreaming and it inspired a love for all things cooking. I still have that tattered cookbook and every once in a while I grab it and make one of those dishes I used to envision making.
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