Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How Many Cookbooks.....

....do ya need??  In my kitchen, I believe I have last counted close to 300.  Do I use them all?  Actually, yes, at one time or another.  Now my favorites that I turn to most of the time would have to be the Gooseberry Patch collection.  So many to look at, and they are all so cozy! 

The fall collection of the GBP cookbooks are
full of wonderful recipes that are sure to
be comforting and cozy!  Fall & Christmas
cookbooks are among my favorites with GBP.

I also enjoy looking at antique shops and
thrift shops for old cookbooks. The "Recipes
From Old Virgina" is dated 1946, and the "Homemade
Bread, Cake and Pastry" is dated 1937.  I want to get back
up to Riverfront Antique Mall in New Philadelphia, OH and
look for some more sometime soon.

I'm a fan of the Andy Griffith Show, so when I
ran across "Aunt Bee's Delightful Desserts" at the
library, I knew I had to find a copy of this one
to add to my collection, and thanks to Ebay,
I found both "Aunt Bee's Delightful Desserts" and
"Mealtime In Mayberry".

Being the farm wife that I am, I have to add some good old
fashioned farm cookbooks. 

This is the complete collection, for the most part.  Does not include magazines and the small booklets that you can pick up at the checkout counter at the grocery store. 
Amazing, when Al and I were first married, one of my first "meals" I cooked for him was tomato soup (from Campbell's) and grilled cheese.  Now don't get me wrong, that is a wonderful lunch, and we still love it from time to time, especially on a chilly day, but that was just about the extent of my cooking knowledge.  Then I discovered how much I loved to cook, and started out just getting books at the library and jotting down favorite recipes out of those books.  But, one Christmas, our local gift shop had a sale on Gooseberry Patch, and that was the beginning of my cookbook addiction.  After the first 3 books, Cozy Home Cookbook, For Bee's and Me and A Pinch of This, I was determined to collect them all!  And I have almost accomplished that, and have even had a few recipes published. 
With the holidays coming up, I have found that my attention has turned to my cookbooks more frequently.  I've been sitting back more often, and picking out what I should fix for Thanksgiving, and which cookies would be best for Christmas gifts. 
I will try to include some of my favorite holiday recipes in future blog posts! So keep checking in!


Julie said...

Hi Renae! Thanks for your visit! I love to meet new foodie friends--sounds like you have a wonderful life on the farm--hope to see you again soon!

Mardell said...

Hi Renae,
Wow, at least your books look organized compared to mine. I have nowhere to put them & they're ALL over the place. I dislike being unorganized. Makes me wonky!

I imagine you're in quite a few of those GBP books (insert wink here!) I have two. T.W.O. Gooseberry books. That's a shame in itself! Sigh.

Your family is really lucky to have such a wonderful cook & baker!
I bet your house always smells good.

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