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Subject: Added cookbooks to my bookshelf
Date Posted: 7/8/2008 6:25 PM ET
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Hello, the following cookbooks have no one waiting for them and I just posted them.

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Chicken Dinners 123 this cool book is spiral bound with pages split by three with card stock weight. One column is the chicken dish, another is a starch and the third is a veggie. You look through the book and line 3 up that look good together. A fun concept.

Sunset gifts from your kitchen. All kinds of baked goods, quick breads & even homemade candy, salsa, chutneys and more. Tips on pretty packaging of the food gifts too.

Gourmet Light subtitle says it all 'simple and sophisticated recipes for the healh-conscious cook'. Instead of crash dieting this summer how about cooking flavor filled healthy foods with lots of fresh ingredients.

I have a huge cookbook collection and it pained me to cull these out but sometimes it just has to be done. LOL.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for looking!



Last Edited on: 7/11/08 1:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/12/2008 12:07 AM ET
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How many cookbooks do you have?  I collect them and probably have over 700.  We have one room in our house dedicated to my collection.  Want to get a laptop just to use to catalog them.  I just love 'em!

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 7:26 AM ET
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Wow- 700 cookbooks? I have under 30 by comparison. I love cookbooks- especially ones that show presentation of the food as I enjoy the ambience of a meal as much as the taste of it.

My mother and I love to prepare a cuppa tea, and sit down together at her dining room table and pour through cookbooks- stopping occasionally to read a recipe that strikes us as interesting aloud to the other. We could probably spend hours at your house! Hee, hee.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 12:24 PM ET
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I love my cookbooks and do sit down and read them quite often and I love to look at the pictures.  To me presentation is very important to a meal.   I have them in my office and in my bedroom for those relaxing times when my husband is on the road.  I am restricting myself now (mostly) to the community and church collections or hardback.  It is so much fun to see the older recipes and directions, i.e., lard or handfuls of this and that, or a pinch of this.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 8:26 PM ET
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Oh I LOVE older church cookbooks! What would you say are your top ten for presentation as well as taste? Do you have favorites? I have a few Gail Greco I like because they were set in tea rooms. And Victoria Magazine put out some pretty cookbooks. But my favorite is the 1963'ish Pillsbury cookbook my mom has and I found a copy of on ebay. All comfort foods, and very good for wintery days and days when you need something yum!I also like my gooseberry patch- because the stories are nice in them and give the books a homey touch. Recipes are still kinda country... which is funny because I really prefer light recipes the best!

I want to collect more- but right now I am on a reading kick (cozy mysteries). :-) I guess of the celebrity chefs, my favorite is Barefoot Contessa so I would love to have all of hers.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 10:47 PM ET
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I guess if I had to choose a favorite chef it would be Tom Colicchio.  He makes cooking sound so personal and it comes from the heart. 

For presentation, if I were going to be real uppity, I would use my 1961 edition of First Lady's Cookbook at the White House.  You can bet their presentation is something!  I also like the Boston Cooking College, they show quite a bit of examples.

Since I am a vegetarian, I like Linda McCartney's Home Cooking cookbook.  She is so down-to-earth about cooking.

My most special cookbook was a Christmas present from one of my doctors (a Mennonite) that I worked for.  His niece had put together all of his mothers recipes and make it into a cookbook for the family.  On the cover is a picture of his parent's who were both deceased.  He had let me borrow it one day to look for a special recipe and knowing how impressed I was with it, he gave it to me that Christmas.  I remember sitting at my desk just crying my eyes out because this was such a special gift.  It is sitting on one of my shelves still in the Christmas wrap with the bow attached!

By the way, I live in Washington, IA.  I see that you have TWO sets of twins?  Wow!  How old are they?

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 7:40 AM ET
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2 years and 1 year- they are exactly 12 months apart. :-) I am typing before I get them all up! I email during naps and at breakfast.

I bet then you have the Tasha Tudor cookbook? I have that one on my wishlist.  Actually, I have several of her books on my wishlist, because her lifestyle is fascinating.

Thats really something- the gift from your doctor friend. I mean, that nearly made me cry it was so thoughtful. What a nice family, and what a nice man. The one searchlight cookbook I have I bought from a 90 year old man. He also gave me a box of his wifes recipe clippings. And I bought some BHG cookbooks from him, all from the 60's and 70's. Some of those crack me up!!! But some good recipes, too. Anyhow, I kept wondering why this man would be selling his deceased wifes cookbooks instead of handing them down, and come to find out they were unable to have children... something about this made me sad, and I have taken care to honor her cookbooks, since I know she must of longed at one time for someone to pass them on to. Not that they are on some weird shelf or anythiong!!! I just take time to think about her when I look at them. That probably sounds silly...

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 7:49 AM ET
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Can I get the ISBN on the First Lady's Cookbook? That one sounds nice... if you can think of others like this- wonderful on presentation and a bit "uppity" as you say, let me know. Heck, I just remembered a cookbook I meant to order and didn't. One of my magazines from the autumn advertised a cookbook for charity that I think was coming out from some of the "to do" families in the Hamptons? I saw this article right after my second set came home last year and I was in a newborn daze and forgot until now. Oh crud!

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 1:29 AM ET
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I found the ISBN for the First Ladies Cookbook (65-19167), however, it doesn't work on PBS.  I just tried to see if there was one available and there wasn't.  I looked it up online and found one that, without the dust jacket, was listed for $48.00!!  The inside cover of mine says $7.75.  I don't remember how much I paid for it on E-Bay but I know it wasn't $48.00!  I DO have my limits. haha. 

I don't have anything by Tasha Tudor but she does sound fascinating!  I am waiting on an e-mail from someone that listed 1500 Antique/Vintage books on Craigslist for $1.00 a piece.  He is going to send me a list of the cookbooks he has!  I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot imagine having four children under the age of two at one time - you must have the patience of a saint!  What state do you live in?

Take care,

Emilie

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 9:32 AM ET
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I wish I had known you wanted the first ladies cookbook.  I sold mine at my last yard sale!!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 1:55 PM ET
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Emilie, did you get your craig's list cookbooks?