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Komorebi

Cookbooks

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I'd gotten into the habit of relying on Google to discover new recipes / food combos, so decided to turn once again to the library and placed a bunch on hold- Picked up about half a dozen, mostly Alice Waters, one Jeremiah Tower- Last night I made green beans and beets with my own version of aioli that I made from olive oil, roasted garlic, capers and Dijon mustard- I made enough for two nights but wound up eating all of it ..

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I've been collecting cookbooks since my teens. When xH and I became engaged (over a Christmas holiday) his mom gave me the new edition of The Betty Crocker Cookbook (the red binder style)...I seriously learned to cook out of that book...I hauled it out recently to double check an old favorite...it's stained and ragged, but continues to persevere. xMIL still has her 1950 edition that her future MIL gave her the Christmas before she married. I did the same for xDIL when she & DS were engaged...apparently she didn't give it enough love, he took it in the divorce. 

I have volumes & volumes..all different. Some are cult classics, some practical and some just because they caught my eye. 

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I had a small collection years ago, nothing special- I've pared my entire collection of books to about a bakers dozen -- only one cookbook out of the bunch- Fannie Farmer- It contained what I though the best recipe for pancakes, so I kept it- The only step it doesn't include is separating the eggs and gently folding the whites in after beating to stiff peaks- Fluffiest pancakes I ever had ..

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My mother had a chocolate cake where the whites were beaten separate and folded in...best cake I ever ate, and she lost the recipe.

I have some cookbooks I bought in high school and still use recipes out of.  They are falling apart.  I want to scan the pages and put them in sleeves and make "MY" own book of favorites.

My waffle recipe calls for the egg whites to beaten and folded into the batter.

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Several years ago I did a kitchen redo. The shelf I used for cookbooks was taken out replaced with a larger window. The books were never brought back into the kitchen. Except for a few I really liked.  I still have the books in boxes, many old ones(1900-1930) purchased in flea markets, and some from my grandmother. When I was a young cook I started  purchasing  books that had recipes I wanted to try, probably right up to my redo,  so I really do have a large collection. Today I usually use the internet. Wide variety of recipes, usually with simple instructions.

I agree using egg whites beaten makes pancakes and waffles much fluffier. I guess it's an old trick.

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12 hours ago, Komorebi said:

I've pared my entire collection of books to about a bakers dozen -- only one cookbook out of the bunch- Fannie Farmer-

I have a Fannie Farmer. Also a couple of "sentimental" cookbooks - one DM collaborated on w/ other moms from my school years ago & another a dear aunt contributed, put together by some ladies in her church. And a "one-pot-wonder" recipe book that's especially delightful in the summer.

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When I was a kid, less than 10, I was invited to eat dinner at a friends house- I noticed that the mom was using the red a white checkered Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook- She served ham steak and raisin sauce, which was nothing remotely close to anything my own mother would have made- Once grown and out of the house I got myself a copy and made it myself- I don't recall the addition of jelly to the recipe, perhaps I tried to duplicate how my friends mother made it- Anyway, that cookbook didn't survive, the pages began pulling away from the binder rings one after the next until it became a mess-

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