Recipe Books - Marking the (Canadian) Kitchen Trail of My Life
I was looking at some of my recipe books this morning, and I thought about the recipe books that over the years 'came and stayed' in my kitchen - each in their own order and becoming the recipe books I used most. ..
Growing up, Saturday was the day of the week when the cookbook was pulled out because it was the day baking was done. Baking was the only thing that needed recipes - all cooking was this and that and add a few things until everything looked about right.
The Purity Cookbook was the one in our home - and the first cook book I bought along with the Five Roses cookbook in 1965 when I got married - or maybe they were shower or wedding gifts. I still have both original copies. The Purity cookbook was my favorite of the two.
Also as a wedding gift from my husband's cousins, I received the Mennonite Treasure of Recipes. I I wore out two copies of that one, my own original, then my mother-in-law's that I kept after she passed away.
My husband being a picky eater - "if its not Mennonite cooking, it is suspect" - I almost predominately used the Mennonite cookbook, with the Purity and Red Rose cookbooks allowing me an occasion 'outside the box' food preparation. Finally, now with my granddaughters growing up and loving a wide range of flavors, and my husband becoming more willing to try different foods, I am having fun exploring new recipes. (does Google count as a 'recipe book' ??)
The next recipe book fad that hit the shelves was in 1980 with The Best of Bridge series. Everyone was talking about them and they quickly became runaway sellers. They were the gift of choice and I received two of them as birthday gifts.
Close on their heels came the Company Coming series, starting in 1981 (200 books published at present) that were enormously popular. I bought the first book - 150 Delicious Squares - because I LOVED the cover, I didn't even open it until after I bought it, but it allowed me to please many palates. Jean Pare, the author, grew up with the Purity Cookbook - a detail I found interesting. Another interesting detail is she was 54 when she published her first book. (a new life-purpose can begin at any age !!)
Then .... there came the Mennonite Girls Can Cook series ... I would never have guessed, as an 18 year old, in the kitchen, trying to please her new husband, that one day I would be part of a group that would put its mark on the historical recipe book trail.
I was sitting at the breakfast table as I shared my thoughts for this post and my husband said ... "You need to ask your readers to vote on which cookbook series they liked best !" I said, "I don't think so, that would be a loaded question." And he said .. "Well, of course the MGCC books would be first so you could just ask them which one is second !!" I just smiled and shook my head.
BUT ... I would be interested in hearing what your Recipe Book Life-Trail looks like and which cookbooks were always on standby in your kitchen - on any day of the week!