Thursday, February 16, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Cookbooks on NORMA's shelves.

Here are 13 cookbooks from my kitchen and office shelves, all with family ties. (I should be a better cook with all this help from my relatives.) I have some newer ones, but these are sort of like old friends and they are nice to visit with even if they don‘t stay for supper.

1. Mary Margaret McBride Encyclopedia of Cooking. 1960. Gift from Mom. She bought a section a week the summer before I was married. The covers have fallen off. This is where I found my “Sweet Sour Meatloaf “ recipe, and new brides get a copy from me. (If you go to the link for the recipe, scroll down, because I start out on another topic.) I've checked on the internet, and a perfect copy of this is going for $170!

2. Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book. 1950. My mother-in-law’s copy. Love seeing her handwriting, which was beautiful (her son’s is unreadable, however).

3. Favorite recipes from country kitchens, fruits and vegetables. Washington County Extension Homemakers Council, Fayetteville. 1970. Gift from Mom. Old fashioned home-cooking--2,000 recipes. I’ve used this one frequently. Nothing fancy, and I usually have the ingredients on hand. Fried squash surprise. Cranberry-fruit loaf. Green tomato relish. Good index.

4. Better Homes and Gardens Meat Cook Book. 1960. Wedding gift. Haven’t used it much, but it’s obviously been looked at to see the condition. I think I used it for standing rib roast, which I never had growing up. Has recipes I'll never use like fried rabbit and squirrel.

5. Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery. 12 vol. 1966. My purchase, one each week at the grocery store when we lived in Champaign-Urbana. Nice photography, great color, and the paper has held up well. Individual replacement volumes are going for about $16 each on the internet, but you often see them at book sales for $1 or $2.

6. Taste of Home magazine subscription. Christmas gift from my daughter about 2-3 years ago. I’ve also purchased occasional older copies at library sales, and keep 5 or 6 at our summer cottage. Must be good because many of the contributors seem to enjoy their own cooking to look at the photos. I also have this in my premiere issue collection.

7. Favorite Recipes from the One Dozen Mums. 1974 (my mother-in-law’s Indianapolis mothers club). Spiral bound index cards with the names of the 12 women who were members of this group. I don’t know if they used it as a fund raiser or just gave copies to friends and family. Just a guess, but I may have the only copy still in existence.

8. Our Favorite Desserts compiled by the Mt. Morris Woman’s Club. Wedding shower gift. Collected by the ladies of the Illinois town where I graduated from high school. I also have the companion, Our Favorite Salads compiled by the Mt. Morris Woman’s Club.

9. A heritage to celebrate, a vision to share (1992) Recipes from the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren for the Anniversary Committee (1867-1992). I've never used this, but enjoy looking at the names of the women, some of whom are now deceased, and some I knew when they were babies. This is most likely my mother's copy, or she gave me a copy. Church lady cookbooks must be the most fattening in the world! Banana split cake. Asparagus and shrimp au gratin. Peach-a-Berry Cobbler. Also, the ladies of the church made the communion bread, and there's a recipe for that.

10. Abington Neighbors Cookbook, by my son and his friend Josh Tarpy. A project I thought up to keep 2 little boys busy interviewing our neighbors in the 1970s. I typed it up from their notes, duplicated it at the library, covered the pages with pieces of vinyl wallpaper. I think I own one of two extant copies--my son has the other (I hope).

11. Taste the memories, family reunion cookbook. 1993. Compiled by me with contributions from four generations beginning with my grandparents (they were deceased but their daughters and granddaughters filled in for them with food they remembered). My grandparents’ wedding photo is on the front and a photo of their nine children is on the back cover with them at their 50th wedding anniversary. When I feel a touch of homesickness, I can always get this one out. Even the men contributed. My sister Carol's Deep sea Chowder. My mother's Orange Beets. Aunt Dorothy's Taco Salad.

12. Granddaughter’s Inglenook Cookbook. 1942. Gift from Mom in 1960. This is a Church of the Brethren imprint. I believe my grandmother had the original Inglenook (1901) which was published the year she got married. If you can find a 1st ed., it can bring $150. 5,000 recipes were submitted for the 1942 edition, but I don’t know how many are in the book. Many of these are old stand-bys if (gag) you like jello tuna salad or open face bean sandwiches. Reprints of the 1942 edition are available from the Brethren Press for about $15 in spiral bind. Mind is hard cover.

13. 50th anniversary cookbook. Ogle County Homemakers Extension. 1989. My mother’s copy. Although she could have written the book on homemaking, she joined this group after all her children were grown. I don’t think I’ve ever used this--I got it when Mom died and remember it being in her kitchen. The Ogle County Illinois Home Bureau was organized in 1939 to give rural homemakers an opportunity for continuing education. While Hitler was invading neighboring European countries, these young mothers learned cooking, sewing, freezing, farm safety and gardening, not realizing that soon they’d be sending sons, brothers and husbands off to war, collecting scrap metal, using ration stamps and making "victory gardens."

Not a cookbook, but treasured--my mother’s metal box jammed with index cards with recipes handwritten by her and her friends and neighbors, most of whom I knew. She died in 2000. Some recipes are clipped and pasted from magazines, with little splatters of egg and batter, and her notes in the margins. I also have a small red mixing bowl of hers that I use if I want something to turn out right.

This week's visitors: 1. Carol was first 2. Eric 3. Darianna 4. Uisce 5. Kimmy 6. Jane 7. Lisa the poet 8. Lisa 9. PJ, 10. Lazy Daisy , 11. Sherri, 12. Jade, 13. Kelly, 14. Courtney, 15. Joan, 16. D. 17. Killired, 18. Rough Draft, 19. Wendy, 20. Jen, 21. Mama B, 22. Anne, 23. Krisco, 24. Ardice, 25. Karin, 26. Emily, 27. Eph2810 28. Ocean Lady 29. Chickadee 30. M.O.M.
31. Joe Norman 32. Shelli, 33. Kdub, 34. JK 35. Colleen 36.Phoenix, 37. Susie, 38. Novelist


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37 comments:

Carol said...

Yea! You put your TT up early. I have mine written but was waiting til in the morning to post it. I believe I'll go post it right now! I love yourlist of cookbooks and recipe holders!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea...I've had fried rabbit (and have had it stewed as well)...it really isn't that bad. I've also posted my thirteen as well.

Anonymous said...

I also collect cookbooks and have approx 321 now. My favorite is a 1981 copy of Betty Crocker.

Happy TT!

Uisce said...

Food, yum! Don't make me start drooling... aww, too late! :) My 13 are up!

Kimmy said...

Great idea! My favorite cookbook is one I never use...It was my grandma's, but was her mothers before. It's a 1945 Watkins Cook Book. It's old and fragile and the pages are brown and falling out, but I love thumbing through and reading my grandma's additions or changes to recipes. I love looking at her handwriting. It makes me miss her so badly, but feel comforted at the same time. Thanks for the great list and great memories!

MY 13 are up, too!

Jane said...

What a marvelous collection. I have a lot of cookbooks, you would think that I love to cook....WRONG!
My 13 are up too!

Anonymous said...

We're 13 up at Lam(b) too.

Lisa said...

Wow! I love cookbooks as well...but don't have quite an exstensive collection!

My 13 are Up!

Unknown said...

I have a slew of cookbooks in boxes in the attic now. Better Homes and Gardens Meat Cook Book. 1960 is one of them. I have used the recipes for wild life in the past - engaged to an avid hunter once, but I wouldn't eat any of it myself.

My TT is up
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Lazy Daisy said...

Wow, Norma, I'm amazed! What a great collection and with such warm family ties! Seems like the only thing I collect is dust! My "Betty Crocker Cookbook Published 1972) is totally in rags and spatters. When my daughters married I found "How to Cook everything!" Cook book! (It didn't seem to help! ) My 13 are up and not nearly as clever!

Sherri said...

I like the Company's Coming cookbooks.

...my list is up!

Jade said...

Oohhh, I love me some new cookbooks!

Great list! Happy TT!

Mine are up!

Kelly said...

Don't ya just love Betty?

Courtney said...

Wow, that's quite a collection. I just have the ever popular red and white checked one ;) and Saving Dinner, and one or two others maybe.

My 13 are up
http://snaphappymom.blogspot.com

Joan said...

I love the way you introduced this list. Unfortunately my cookbooks, like yours, seldom "stay for dinner" I got my 13 posted a little while ago.

Just D said...

I thought we might have some of the same since 13 is a good number of books to have, but alas, I have totally different ones. Yours have such a fun history/story behind them all though - next you'll need to post 13 fav recipes!

Jennifer said...

mine are up too!
http://killired.blogspot.com/

Dale Challener Roe said...

I think I've SEEN 13 cookbooks in my life...

My 13: http://www.dcroe.com/blog.html

WendyWings said...

My husband is the one who collects recipes and cookbooks here :)

My TT list

Jen said...

My TT are up

Joan said...

Thanks for the chicken soup and sympathy, Norma! I am already feeling better. Have a great weekend.

Fern Bourrie said...

I love to eat but I'm not much of a cook. I like very simple cookbooks. My TT are up.

Anne Coleman said...

They all look wonderful! My last count was nearly 100...my mother topped out at 1500 before she moved and couldn't keep them all :(

Krisco said...

Wow! Now - have you made something from all of these books?

Anonymous said...

I have a small collection of cookbooks. I love to cook but I rarely use them. Thanks for visiting my TT. Have a wonderful evening. Take-Care...

Anonymous said...

I love cookbooks and I love my Taste of Home subscription...I always look forward to seeing what new and exciting recipes I can try each month. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Wow that is a lot of cook books. I only have 4 or 5!

My TT are up.

Anonymous said...

Wow - quite a collection of cookbooks. I have few myself. Several are from Germany - actually most of them. They have fallen apart already (not good workmanship I guess - lol, because I am not that old)...
My favorite cook right now is Rachael Ray - her recipes are my cup of tea - easy to follow...
Thanks for stopping by - adding you to my list :)

Anonymous said...

My husband does most of the cooking nowadays, since I'm taking classes. I have a nice cookbook that I do love called The Perfect Mix by Diane Phillips. :)

Anonymous said...

I think those cookbooks made by families, auxillary clubs and churches are THE BEST cookbooks.

Thanks for visiting my 13.

The notorious M.O.M. said...

Wow that makes me unbelievably hungry! You must like to cooks. So when is dinner? I'll be over!

My 13 are up

monica said...

I love to cook!

Cheers,
Kdubs :)

Shelli said...

Boy you have some real antiques and sentimental treasures there. That is really cool.

My 13

Unknown said...

Wow...I can't imagine having thirteen cookbooks. What a wide variety too! My thirteen are up. Happy TT!! ~joesjots.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I love old cook books. Have you noticed any differences in portion sizes between old cook books and new ones?

Cool list!

Happy TT, a day late!

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of cookbooks! Doesnt it take a lot of space? :)

Happy weekend :)

Norma said...

Note to JK: No they don't take up much space; some are very small because they are hand made or duplicated. Even the 2 "encyclopedia" style which are side by side measure only 10" of shelf space. Since I don't really collect cookbooks these take far less space than my reference titles, or my magazine collection. Books are my friends, so would you tell a friend, "You take up too much space in my life?"