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Old 12-14-2010, 03:03 PM   #71
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When I first began cooking, I did it by wrote -- watching how my mom did it. I was probably 8 or 10 or so. She started me off on simple stuff, like PB&J sandwiches, toast, and then I graduated to oatmeal (the stuff out of the tube, not the microwave stuff). I can't recall usig a cookbook back then. But she did. She had the old Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook that she eventually wore out. I remember looking through it, but I don't recall using it. Several years ago, Betty Crocker did a reprint of the same book, and my mom bought herself a copy and a copy for each of us kids. It's cool having it in our collection, although I seldom refer to it.

I kind of cooked by the seat of my pants for years before I can recall getting my first cookbook, and it was one I inherited from my grandmother -- a 1940s edition of the Good Housekeeping Cookbook. I've had that book in my library for 35 years, and I still refer to it on a regular basis. It's spine has come off, but the binding is still intact and all the pages are there. So I handle it gingerly these days. When it comes to plain old American cooking, it's just simply a great book.
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:58 PM   #72
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I still have my first cookbook! I was maybe 8 when I got it and it's a Mickey Mouse one that I had mom order thru the Scholastic book order that the schools always have. What's sad is I never really had the opportunity to make anything out of it because mom was always working, and the recipes aren't simple like you would expect in a kid's cookbook. Maybe I could cook my way through it with my 5 year old?!? That sounds like a plan.
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:18 PM   #73
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I still have my first cookbook! I was maybe 8 when I got it and it's a Mickey Mouse one that I had mom order thru the Scholastic book order that the schools always have. What's sad is I never really had the opportunity to make anything out of it because mom was always working, and the recipes aren't simple like you would expect in a kid's cookbook. Maybe I could cook my way through it with my 5 year old?!? That sounds like a plan.
You bet. What a great idea! You'll have loads of fun and it will be something you both will always remember.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:05 AM   #74
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The "American Woman's Cook Book", edited by Ruth Berolzheimer, published for the Culinary Arts Institute in 1939. Gives some insight into the good and bad of how things used to be in my younger years.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:47 AM   #75
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:21 AM   #76
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French Provincial Cooking?
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:53 AM   #77
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French Provincial Cooking?
No Bill it was her second book French Country Cooking.
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I knew a baker who was a POW on a French farm. He had nothing but nice things to say about his captors and their food.
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I knew a baker who was a POW on a French farm. He had nothing but nice things to say about his captors and their food.


French farm food sounds really yummy.
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Old 12-18-2010, 12:36 AM   #80
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I knew a baker who was a POW on a French farm. He had nothing but nice things to say about his captors and their food.
we had a massive US base near by up till the 60's, everyone had good things to say about the illegal activities around the PX
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