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Recipe Books
Sun 7-Mar-10
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Shereen
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This is my recipe book.

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I have Hugh F-W this, Nigel Slater that, and Gordon Ramsey the other books all neatly stacked in a kitchen cupboard. But when it comes to the crunch this is The Book. My Mum gave me this book when I got my own place 17 years ago. She wrote in it some family recipes, as well as sticking in some recipes she'd saved up from magazines because they looked like the kind of thing I'd like. Here's her recipe for soup, complete with spelling correction.

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I've carried on with her habit of collecting recipes, only mine come as much from the internet and TV as they come from magazines and news papers. I cut them out or print them out and store them in the front and back of the book until I get a chance to test them out.

 

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And when I've finally tried them out once or twice they get written into the book. In biro. A lesson I had to learn the hard way, but at least G showed me how to cleanly slice a page out of the book with a Stanley knife. I write the source of the recipe on the bottom of the page so I can keep track of places to go for food inspiration. These pages show Fiona's duck in apricot sauce, as well as a hobnob recipe I picked up in another forum.

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I love sitting reading all my "proper" cookbooks, looking for inspiration, help or just treating them as idealistic foodie porn. But I love my little recipe notebook most of all.

 

What about you lot? How do you organise your recipe collection?

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Sun 7-Mar-10
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Love the idea your Mum had, my kids just nicked some of my recipe books instead. THE book for me is the Dairy Cookbook Ok

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/090054341.....nkCode=asm

I once saw a copy for sale in a charity shop and really regretted not buying it for when mine does eventually drop to pieces Doh. All the recent recipes I keep are usually on the internet and so I just keep a record of them in a recipe section on my computer. Cheers

Sun 7-Mar-10
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Crikey Joanna I have had that cookbook for years and yes I have used it lots of times as can be seen by the grubby  pages and the fact is is not too attractive any more.  Do you know I have just realised if I am stuck and can't find a recipe I eventually look there. ( You have no idea how many cookery books I have!!!)

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Oops meant to say, I too have a recipe folder on my computer.Doh

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Sun 7-Mar-10
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I got that cookbook from my gran along with a load of others, she was a great cook and loved cookbooks. I have loads of cook books too, actually I just have loads and loads of books, I think I could rival our local library.Eeek

Sun 7-Mar-10
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JoannaS said:

Love the idea your Mum had, my kids just nicked some of my recipe books instead. THE book for me is the Dairy Cookbook Ok

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/090054341.....nkCode=asm

I once saw a copy for sale in a charity shop and really regretted not buying it for when mine does eventually drop to pieces Doh. All the recent recipes I keep are usually on the internet and so I just keep a record of them in a recipe section on my computer. Cheers


Ohhh you so need to check out Abe Books. They're a webshop for independent secondhand bookshops all around Britain and the US. I've done a search for your Dairy Cookbook and they've got a fair few "very good condition" copies from a few pounds on offer from UK sellers.

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?bt.....me+Cookery

I replaced my worn-out copy of Floyd on Fire thanks to Abe Books.

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Sun 7-Mar-10
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Shereen, I think you are the first person ever to master the art of publishing multiple images in a single post on the forum! Fantastic article.

You got everything spot on. Spacing, symmetry etc. Ok

Weirdest of all is that we had duck in in apricot sauce for supper this evening - Fiona cooked the main dish - I did the veggies. It is one of our all time favourites. Laugh

We rely totally on the Internet for our recipe book. Even when doing a dish that Fiona may have posted previously on this site. That is an interesting phenomenon in this day and age. We just search and copy to Notepad, then print it. Not saying that is good or bad, just different..

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Sun 7-Mar-10
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Danny said:

Shereen, I think you are the first person ever to master the art of publishing multiple images in a single post on the forum! Fantastic article.

You got everything spot on. Spacing, symmetry etc. Ok


*oops*  I've outted myself as a bit of a geek. That was quicker than I thought it would be.

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Mon 8-Mar-10
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Thanks for that Shereen, I may just do that. I used Book depository which I think is the same company for new books and was impressed with the price for posting to dear old Latvia so hopefully they are the same

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Danny:

We rely totally on the Internet for our recipe book. Even when doing a dish that Fiona may have posted previously on this site. That is an interesting phenomenon in this day and age. We just search and copy to Notepad, then print it. Not saying that is good or bad, just different..

Veronica:

I do just the same, Danny. In fact the only reason I started my blog was so I would always have my favourite recipes to hand 🙂

Tue 23-Mar-10
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Just like you, Veronica, it is having the recipes to hand. There we are, with ingredients at the ready, and what to cook - aha, let's have a surf.

Yet, I have a cupboard so full of recipe books, that they have spilled over to stand soldier-like on a worktop, too. Some of them haven't been opened in a very long time ......

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Wed 24-Mar-10
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I use a mix of internet and cookbooks; one of my favs for jams etc is HFW's cottage slmallholder preserves book.  Also love the dairy book, which my dad gave me last year.

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This is my little book, had it many years and copy bits in, stick bits in.  As it's only diddy though (4″ square) I also have A4 ring binders with all the various recipes I've printed out found on line in them.  These need to be expanded from 2-3 files now!

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An early page, I remember asking my father how to do roast parsnips just before I went to uni.  Smile

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A copy of the instructions my mother kept from a paper late 70's / early 80's instructing how to make onion strings – very useful!  Afraid I have no idea what paper it was now.  Laugh

Thu 25-Mar-10
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I love your book Ruth!


I'll try that again!

Thu 25-Mar-10
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OMG - love your book cover! Smile

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