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Old 08-05-2010, 12:13 AM
 
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Rez... I'm PROUD to say that I have a very worn out copy of your masterpiece on a shelf in my kitchen.. When people drop in around suppertime, its the first thing I reach for.. ( but then I get hold of myself and realize that since its a pretty hefty book, it'll probably leave a visable mark no matter WHERE I hit them with it.).. It should be required reading for all serious cooks, and fundamental equipment in any man cave.

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Old 08-05-2010, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Default What's for dinner?

Glad to hear my tome is coming of some use. I hear it works well as a permanent headache remedy, too!

And then there's the question of what to feed the dog... and is it a good dog, a bad dog, or an owner too stupid to live??

Dog eats Rockford man's big toe, saves his life | MLive.com

 
Old 08-05-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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Default "The Settlement Cook Book" beats all others

I've found that "The Settlement Cook Book", sub-titled "The Way To A Man's Heart", (1965 ed.), published by Simon and Schuster, NY is the best cook book that I've encountered. (Note: later editions were changed so much, that they declined rather than improved!)

First issued in 1910, it's the creation of The Settlement Cook Book Company of Milwaukee, WI.

Its breadth of recipes and clear, straight instructions can not be beat.
 
Old 08-05-2010, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I've found that "The Settlement Cook Book", sub-titled "The Way To A Man's Heart", (1965 ed.), published by Simon and Schuster, NY is the best cook book that I've encountered. (Note: later editions were changed so much, that they declined rather than improved!)

First issued in 1910, it's the creation of The Settlement Cook Book Company of Milwaukee, WI.

Its breadth of recipes and clear, straight instructions can not be beat.
From the info I find, it's even older than that -- the first edition under its current name and major authorship was in 1903, based on a 1901 edition by someone else. I see that the 1965 edition is widely available in usedbook stores... I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

The mid 1960s seems to be the greatest era for cookbooks -- many reached their peak of usability in 1960s (and some early 1970s) editions. Betty Crocker, Better Homes and Gardens, The Joy of Cooking, and probably others that don't spring to mind -- this was a time when cooking was simplified by broad availability of modern tools and ingredients, yet hadn't yet been yuppified, since people still mostly did their own cooking. Recipes revised in the 1960s reflected that by becoming simpler and more straightforward without losing any of their historical goodness.

As you say, later editions of many cookbooks seemed to lose something, while older editions were often needlessly complex (given modern tools like power mixers). The 1960s editions got the balance just right.

Maybe that's a lesson for all of life.
 
Old 08-05-2010, 12:06 PM
 
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For those who cook pork, there is another concern when using older cookbooks: today's pork is much leaner and, I've been told, both cooking times and cooking temperatures have to be changed to reflect this change.
 
Old 08-05-2010, 03:55 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Seven is proud to have so many neighbors who like to cook!
I try but I am better outside in the yard

Of course this one is easy and impossible to goof up, it seems that every activity around here request a type of bar being brought. Not BYOB of course

Magic Cookie Bars from EAGLE BRAND(r) Recipe - Allrecipes.com
 
Old 08-05-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Actually, I hate to cook, I want perfect food to just magically appear. This is why simplified cookbooks are a good thing -- less work figuring out how to make something that at least won't poison myself.

Now all that's needed is a good recipe for crottled greeps.
 
Old 08-05-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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This is why simplified cookbooks are a good thing -- less work figuring out how to make something that at least won't poison myself.
Then, you'll really like the "The Settlement Cook Book".
 
Old 08-06-2010, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Then, you'll really like the "The Settlement Cook Book".
From the reviews hither and yon, I think you are right! I see used copies around for as little as $5. Must get one next time I order books.

Considering its age, I wonder how many of those "lost" recipes it has? That wonderful stuff your grandmother used to make but that has fallen out of today's kitchens.

BTW a good usedbook search agglomerator:
BookFinder4U - Compare book prices at 130 bookstores & Book finder for cheap books, discount books
When it "checks prices" most of the finds will be AbeBooks vendors, but this seems to bring up more complete results than AbeBooks' own search does.
 
Old 08-06-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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We don't buy or use cookbooks, We just wing it or get a recipe off the internet to try out.
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