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August 28th, 2005

Passed Down Cookbooks

In our family, the cookbook Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans has been handed down/given to each generation for three or four generations (it’s still in print, its first edition being printed in 1948). It’s filled with great recipes for Pierogi, Plaki, and Chruscik as well as more disturbing recipes like Jellied Pigs Feet and Chicken Livers (those are two separate recipes).

Are there any favorite cookbooks (or recipes) that have been passed down for generations in your family?

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: snaily
DATE: Sunday August 28, 2005 -- 11:03:28 am
my friend had a cookbook with both real and (hopefuly) fake recipes like children stew, elephant biscuits, and tiger soup.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday August 28, 2005 -- 2:33:26 pm
"Betty Crocker's New Picture Cook Book".

Actually, it was not quite passed down. More that both of our sets of parents had a copy, so we hoofed it to a used bookstore and got one for some ludicrously cheap price like $2. Insanely useful. Good index.

We'll probaly inherit. But, to be honest, great cooks were not in either of our ancestry. My mom is one of those people who could burn water trying to boil it. She got cookbooks from my great-grandmother, but they sit on a shelf, rarely used. At some point I'll probably get them. I already got the china (that nobody else wanted)...

Old cookbooks from the 40s and 50s are a trove of information. Modern cookbooks seem to either focus on "truly authentic" dishes (ie, good luck finding the ingredients), or are health-conscious in some direction. Or are more full of anecdotes and stories than they are recipes.

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