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Old 09-10-2018, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I would like to write several, but really, there are so many cookbooks and blogs and cooking websites already. I don't need to see my name in print that badly. I would like to write one one about truly easy entertaining. Not the kind of book that's called Easy Entertaining and then you look through and realize it's not that simple at all. I mean the kind of entertaining where you can work all day, come home and work around a toddler and still serve a delicious home made dinner to your friends. How you can take an ordinary menu and make it special by adding a homemade condiment or relish, or maybe roasted grapes or pickled blueberries or homemade fresh pickles or hot honey. What to splurge on and what not to.



I would like to write a cook book to all my coming of age kids, nieces, nephews and friend's kids who are getting ready to be on their own.

Good idea....
make up your own book with your special recipes for the coming of agers...
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I have a hand written cookbook that belonged to one of my great aunts, who lived her life on the coast near Machias, ME. I have fond memories of her kitchen with the wood-burning cookstove and meals around the table looking out over Holmes Bay with the lighthouse flashing at night. This 'cookbook' is around 100 years old, the pages are fragile and crumbling, and the ink is fading. I have been trying to [carefully] go through it and transcribe recipes...someday, I'd like to publish it...

(And I'd *really* like to find her recipe for pickled crabapples, which accompanied the beans on Saturday nights, but I haven't run across it yet.)

How special! And such good memories...
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:25 PM
 
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Funny you should mention this. I'm currently writing a cookbook concentrated on baking.
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Old 09-10-2018, 10:26 PM
 
Location: The World
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I'd write a beginner's southern recipe cookbook.

True southern recipes can be found online, of course, but the market isn't quite as saturated.

Lots of aunts and grandmas don't want to share their recipes, don't know the measurements or don't even consider their way of cooking things to BE a recipe.

I'd have recipes for main dishes and lots of side dishes. I'd have sections to help guide the reader on seasoning things without a recipe, etc.
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Old 09-11-2018, 05:36 AM
 
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I would like to write several, but really, there are so many cookbooks and blogs and cooking websites already. I don't need to see my name in print that badly. I would like to write one one about truly easy entertaining. Not the kind of book that's called Easy Entertaining and then you look through and realize it's not that simple at all. I mean the kind of entertaining where you can work all day, come home and work around a toddler and still serve a delicious home made dinner to your friends. How you can take an ordinary menu and make it special by adding a homemade condiment or relish, or maybe roasted grapes or pickled blueberries or homemade fresh pickles or hot honey. What to splurge on and what not to.



I would like to write a cook book to all my coming of age kids, nieces, nephews and friend's kids who are getting ready to be on their own.
Why do you not start with a thread here? A lot of posters work, have a family and still enjoy sitting down to a meal with friends and family. Small things can make a big difference.
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Old 09-11-2018, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I'd write one that focused on delicious food with only 3 ingredients (water and spices don't count).

example:

Cheesecake

1 cup sugar
5 eggs
3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese

Mix, bake, and enjoy.
that would be a best seller I bet!!!
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Old 09-11-2018, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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For those who would write a book on recipes from days past, I think the secret would be to include a one of two sentence filler for each recipe explaining why the recipe is important to you or where it came from You know something like, This is something we had every Sunday for dinner when I was growing up or this is a recipe my favorite aunt made on the farm for the workers. Something like that.

Actually our bride group did do something like this about 2 years ago. If we bought a recipe to our monthly pot luck and everyone liked it, we would type it and pass it on to the gal who put it together for us. With it we would tell the story behind the recipe if there was one. After about 5 years of contributing many recipes we put it together. It is very special to us now, some of us have shared the book with other friends or family members and the wonderful part, we now have good memories. I will add, the group has since fallen apart as a few members have moved away of moved on to heaven. We have since formed another group.
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:04 AM
 
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I would totally love to write a cookbook containing my favorite recipes season by season. Because the weather affects my appetite greatly! Certain foods are far more comforting and satisfying during the different seasons. What I crave in Summer is so very different from Winter. Also - to include all recipes minus "canola oil" which turns out to be full of a poisonous chemical they use during processing which is why it has always made me ill.
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I would totally love to write a cookbook containing my favorite recipes season by season. Because the weather affects my appetite greatly! Certain foods are far more comforting and satisfying during the different seasons. What I crave in Summer is so very different from Winter. Also - to include all recipes minus "canola oil" which turns out to be full of a poisonous chemical they use during processing which is why it has always made me ill.
Good idea...

What are you using in place of canola?
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:04 AM
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Location: Here and now.
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Mine would be entitled "Conversations with my Poh-poh (maternal grandmother in Cantonese) at the Kitchen Table".

My Poh-poh's life was centered around the kitchen table. I would do my homework at the kitchen table waiting for dinner to be ready. When she made sticky rice dumplings wrapped in lotus leaves, she would have an intricate mis en plas set up with about 12 bowls of little bit sized ingredients that would all be wrapped up in the pliable overnight soaked lotus leaves with twine. She would sit there in a meditative state and make what seems like a hundred of them. Never did any of her dumplings ever leak ingredients after they were boiled. I would marvel at her cutting a salted egg yolk in fourths with a piece of twined pulled by her teeth at one end and deftly by her hand at the other end. Of course I would sneak a nibble of some of her ingredients and she would shoo me away always claiming that she only had enough ingredients. As I would walk away, I always saw a smile in her face seeming to let me know that she of course had more because she knew of my upcoming thievery.

So the book would be memories of how integral my Poh-poh was in the culinary history of our family - the matriarch and her recipes and the traditions that were connected to them.
Do it! I will absolutely buy a copy.
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