An email from everybody’s favorite weenie dog owner expressing satisfaction with the biscuit recipe I had posted got me to thinking about cookbooks.
First I explained that the recipe was not my recipe, but the product of someone else’s hard work, and probably someone else before that. For that is the nature of recipes that are successful. Generally they are the product of generations of evolution and development and travel through different hands. It is a wise cook who passes their recipes on, for what good is the mother of all Pot Roasts in a dank pine box?
Then I continued my thoughts about cookbooks…….
My absolute Top 5, desert island, cannot live without them, cooking publications would be as follows and in no particular order:
Necessities and Temptations – Published by the Junior League of Austin Texas in 1987 (and I abhor the fact that a Junior League cookbook made into my all time Top 5).
The New Orleans Cookbook – Richard and Rima Collin 1975.
The El Paso Chili Company’s Texas Border Cookbook – Park and Norma Kerr 1992.
Cooking Across America – Bernard Clayton 1993.
The Dairy Hollow House Cookbook – Crescent Dragonwagon and Jan Brown 1992.
Meals Tested, Tasted, and Approved – Good Housekeeping Institute 1930. ( I just tossed that in there because I have a first edition and am elitist like that).
I think I could survive on reading and expanding upon the recipes listed within for the rest of my life as a castaway.
Any favorite cookbooks out there? I’d be curious to know……..