Okay, I'm relatively good about the amount of cookbooks I keep in my home. There's one I've had for over 20 years which is my favorite. The reason being is that my mother gave it to me when I first got married...that was prior to the Internet being a household word.
Another favorite of mine was one that was created after my grandmother died. My mother and one of my sisters copied all of her recipes down and put it together in a book for all of us. It makes me think of my grandmother and makes me laugh at her never ending quest to find the perfect crab cake (she had this problem with people not getting the ratio of back fin crab meat and breadcrumbs right...oh, and I should say she was from Maryland so people understand the obsession).
My most recent favorite is from Libbie Summers who wrote The Whole Hog Cookbook. Now, I, for one, would be the first to admit I've not done a lot with pork due to the lack of ideas. Libbie's book not only has great ideas and recipes, but it could be put on your coffee table because the pictures are so beautiful that they should be framed. I love the whole style of it because it's a combination of art and food...two things I love.
How many cookbooks do you own? What's your "go to" cookbook? Do you prefer newer methods of looking at cookbooks to eliminate having a collection (such as using a reader like Nook or Kindle)?
I find that as much as I love my Nook for some things....I just like an "old fashioned" cookbook when I'm in the kitchen.
What's your favorite cookbook, and why does it hold a special place in your heart?
Well to begin-The kindle/Nook is great when you already have an idea in mind. Tangible-flip the page cookbooks come in handy for new ideas. But to answer the question : my favorite cook book in the house is one I received at a family reunion years ago. Every guest had the option to submit a recipe or two. This is where I learned a lot about my family's origins and now that time has gone by and some people passed away- part of them still contribute to life with the recipes they shared :)
I have a cookbook I created of my own recipes I have gathered over the years and stories to go with them about where I got the recipe. It is all my favorite and time tested recipes. If I didn't like it, it doesn't go in my cookbook.
I have actually written a cookbook and it's being safely held captive in a melted down computer for 5 years now :\ I usually use the internet for a recipe but when it comes to buying one, I like Church member cookbooks. They usually contain tried and true recipes. I too love the family reunion idea ! That's fabulous!
Thank you Pamela, I remember attending a benefit for someone with cancer here in town-there were raffles and I won a basket with about 10 cookbooks-some of them were church pot-luck books. I was amazed at the variations and variety in those books :) Also, when I go to the check out lane in a grocery store I can't help but pick up one of those small paper bound cookbooks-they are lightweight and convenient and usually have seasonal recipes. It is neat that you and Gayle have created your own cookbooks-I am getting there! Thanks again for the compliments.
Donna-I love collecting recipes and cookbooks. I have a couple of basics like the Gingham Betty Crocker I have had for ages it's falling apart it has been referred to so much. But it has the basics how long do you cook this cut of meat for, how to make basic pie dough etc...I have a Croation cookbook that was given to me at my bridal shower (that was the nationality of my first husband's family). I also love to check online for recipes. If my family likes a new recipe it goes into our family cookbook. When my oldest daughter moved to Virginia I made her a copy of the family cookbook so she had some of her favorite recipes and she can add to it with more of her favorites.
I once had about twenty cookbooks but then I became homeless and all of my books - no matter what the topic - were lost. So today I have just a few - The Williamsburg [VA] Cookbook, The Alpha and the Omega of Greek Cooking, Gourmet's Old Vienna Cookbook, and a newer Betty Crocker that I bought in recent years. Also, my alma mater - Duquesne University's - School of Public Health published a Healthy Eating Cookbook. And my Church published a local cookbook from recipes donated by parishioners.
In all honesty, though, my own cookbooks [2 of them] are the ones that I use most. These are based on meals that I have developed for Meals on Wheels, as well as recipes for this Cooking Contest. There are more tha 150 such Meals and recipes. I also have have Seasons 1 and 2 of this cooking series, but I am ashamed to admit that I do not have any of Paul Deen's cookbook.
Oh goodness I can't give that secret away on how many cookbooks I have! Besides no one would believe it...lol...plus I have paper files full of recipes, 6 handwritten cookbooks I made myself , more than a few totes full, plus some at the cabin and some with me here...I really should gather them all and count them...might scare me though! Plus I have tons of recipes on the computer. There are several cookbooks I still want to buy but I keep putting it off because I have so many...if I won a dream kitchen I would have a small library section just for cookbooks!