I talked a bit about my love of cookbooks in last week’s column and I thought I would expound on that topic this week. In this technology-driven age, it’s so simple to look up a recipe on the internet, and I do that quite a bit. If you have a smartphone you can even look up a recipe while in the grocery store and make sure you have all the right ingredients. Nevertheless, I still think you can never have enough cookbooks.
There’s something about holding an actual cookbook in your hand, especially the locally-produced ones where you likely know some of the folks who shared their recipes.
I was recently gifted a very special cookbook by Johnsie Hale. Her family got together to create their very own cookbook of family recipes along with pictures and stories. What a wonderful keepsake. I think this is a great idea for any family to do. It doesn’t have to be an expensive project either.
I have another friend who simply compiled their family’s recipes in a computer document and printed them out. This could be a great project to help the younger ones in the family connect with the older generation. Have the computer savvy teens in the family “interview” grandma and write down all her recipes then type them up on the computer. Even better, have them take pictures of grandma’s meals to include in the cookbook.
One of my favorite cookbooks at home was compiled by my Mamma’s coworkers when she worked at Jostens. They did several cookbooks over the years. I love to look through this book and find my Mamma’s recipes and those of her friends. Many of these recipes are ones we use often.
I also have several Junior League cookbooks from throughout the south that I inherited, so to speak, from a dear family friend. The Junior League cookbooks always seem to have a bit of glamour to them that you don’t necessary find in other cookbooks. One of my favorites includes little stories about special events where each of the dishes were served. Food and stories always seem to pair well together, don’t they?
What are some of your favorite cookbooks? I’d love to hear about them, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple and The Elkin Tribune, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.