Nor is my cooking. Or choice of cook books.
Katie C., who frequently comments on my blog posts, made a suggestion that I list my ten favorite cook books and why I like them.
What a good idea. Especially if you readers would then take the time to comment on your favorite cook books!
So here goes.
You will see that I'm more like Betty Crocker than Martha Stewart. I don't cook with ingredients I have to go to the big city stores to find. I classify myself as a simple cook although I've been told I'm a good cook.
That said, I confess I couldn't boil water when first married. (Poor Papa Pea.)
This was the first cook book I ever obtained. In 1963. (Yep, dear old Betty. She and I have been best buds ever since.) I devoured this book and my first attempts at cooking came straight from its pages. I still look through it for new-to-me dishes to try. Down-home, easy and delicious.
I also have these other four companion-type books obtained at a later date. All chuck-full of good ideas.
This one may be irrelevant to most of you but considering my absolute love of rhubarb, it's one I dive into every spring. No matter how many "keepers" I've already tried from its pages, there are still more that tempt my taste buds.
Many years ago there was a publication called "Farm Journal" put out for farmers. As far as I know, it's no longer available. In making a search I found a magazine called "Farm Journal Magazine" but I don't believe it has a connection with the one I'm remembering which was in the form of a thick newspaper. There was a section where farm wives (or whoever the cook in the farm kitchen was) sent in recipes they regularly made for their families. Subsequently, this cook book with a selection of many of the recipes was published and I've found lots of my favorite recipes in it's pages. Contained is interesting information about the history of pies, cookies and breads along with all kinds of "tips" from experienced cooks. Not all the pies and breads are sweet treats but also wholesome, main meal-type concoctions. It's a big book and I'm a long way from experiencing all it has to offer.
During the years we followed a vegetarian diet, this book was my bible. I think I opened it almost daily. I still use it as an excellent source of information and make many of the recipes.
Some of you may be familiar with the Taste of Home publication. At one time (I'm not sure if they still do), they put out an annual issue of recipes published (from real cooks who feed their families) in the magazine. I have books from three years, 2002, 2003 and 2011, that I've kept as favorites of mine and I go to them time and time again.
My recipe box doesn't qualify as a "cook book" per se, but many of the recipes that are favorites from the above shown books are filed in there and on a day to day basis (unless I'm looking for a new dish), I use the recipes found in the box more than I grab a cook book.
I'll admit I only infrequently search for new recipes on the Internet. I guess you could say I'm addicted to my cook books.
A couple of years ago, I went through all my books and trimmed down the number to these in my cook book cabinet in my kitchen.
I know I didn't list ten favorite cook books. It was hard to choose the ones I did list. Are they really my favorites? I dunno, but I was getting a little wonky trying to make the decision. With so many from which to choose, how could I list only the favorites?
Thanks for the suggestion for this post, Katie. Now I'll be really interested in hearing what are the favorites you all choose to list in the comments section. I just hope I don't see too many that I have to buy!