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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

I have one that is close to my heart - amongst others.

The Woman's Institute of Northern Ireland circa 1955!! No pics. Been handed down complete with written notes and food stains!!
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

My American OH gave away about 50 cookbooks a few years ago, so now she's down to about 130. Plus boxes with grubby notes, many of them from her Sicilian and Polish grandmas (her mom was more into TV dinners and Wonder Bread, thinking that cooking was waaayyy too "Old World").

I have about ten, and I hardly ever use any. I sometimes read recipes just for the inspiration and then cook my own versions. She says my cooking is better than hers, more creative.

I keep telling her that reading too many recipes causes overweight. I'm not kidding.
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

I have no more than 15 and most of them are really old and full of notes. For holidays I often make classic items from them. The family just expects these traditional items.


I use the internet to look up recipes.
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Old 17.07.2017, 11:16
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

Just one... the one I wrote years ago

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Old 17.07.2017, 11:27
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

I have a few but mostly cook without. I also think our brains work better if we do not rely too much on measurements. Love cooking and people make it a tradition to come for dinners to us..but I like cookbooks as a source of inspiration, really, same with travelling and eating new meals.

The ones I like now is a photo guide - some 5€ Cooking without an oven, and Low budget food, it is under 5 ingredients (while the ingredients are quality and actually expensive). It is a strip down to basics, that my kid understands too, fun to cook together.
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

Have a Madhur Jaffrey curry one, but if I really need a recipe or rough idea then just 'ok google' it
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

I probably have far too many cookbooks. I love cooking though so can't bear to get rid of any of them. Some I hardly look at. Some I use on a weekly basis. Nigel Slater are the books I go to the most. They're the best you'll find for everyday cooking. Well written and full of ideas of things to make with very few ingredients.

A tablet with internet access does make the cookbook rather redundant though.
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

I have about twenty here in Switzerland, and another forty that I 'donated' to my mother back in the UK.

Admittedly, most are 'coffee-table' books that I enjoy perusing of an afternoon. There are a handful of recipes that I have adopted in to my repertoire, although I have cooked them so many times, I no longer need the books.

The most thumbed-through and used books are my Christmas cookbooks, which are by far my favourite. At that time of the year, the diet gets flung out of the window, and the top shelf in my fridge is just butter and cream!
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Old 17.07.2017, 17:39
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70 or so, in all four Swiss languages plus English and Norwegian.

I use them for reference, as I do my motorcycle and electronics books.

Very rarely do I actually follow a recipe more than 80%

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Same here.

I have several that used to belonmg to my grandfather who was a chef. One of them is in Fraktur and bloody difficult to decipher, but has some pretty amazing stuff.

But I find google more useful when I want to find something quick.

I tend to use written recipes more as a source of inspiration rather than a guide to be followed strictly.

I often don't have all the right ingredients anyway as I only really buy veggies as a last resort. The starting point is usually what's in the garden needing to be harvested and what can I do with it that I haven't already done recently.
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

I have several, from very simple, down-home cooking, to more elaborate recipes. For the day-to-day cooking, I often cook without, especially when cooking my own food (Northern Italian) - I use my handwritten notes from watching/talking to my grandma back in the day, or from my dad.

I like to buy a cookbook everywhere I go, so I have a collection from all over the world. Cooking the recipes is a good way to remind me of a place and the good memories associated with it. Also, good for inspiration, relaxation (I like to browse through the pictures), and such.

Currently enjoying: Who's Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make A Roux?
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

I keep some of my most used/favourite recipes on old fashioned filing cards in a small container so they're safely stored and easy to get at. Saves having to get the book whichever recipe came from out.
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I have about 30 veggie ones, which I couldn't use because I couldn't find the ingredients here
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I have one that is close to my heart - amongst others.

The Woman's Institute of Northern Ireland circa 1955!! No pics. Been handed down complete with written notes and food stains!!
Beat me to it. I have my mum's tattered copy of the Farmer's wives cookbook from 1953. It's a real time machine - lots of "no egg" recipes, due to post war rationing as well as how to make blood pudding, starting from a just-strung-up pig .
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

I have four.

The first is How to Boil an Egg, given to me when I first moved out on my own. It's full of cook times, temperatures, conversions, substitutions, and general tips such as the best way to poach an egg. It's been a wonderful resource over the years!

The second is a family recipe book that my extremely large family all contributed to and had bound and copied at a family reunion a few years ago. It includes original scans and photos from my grandmother's and great grandmother's recipes. I love it, but in reality, most of the recipes are not something I would make.

The third is a french cookbook which has recipes that one can make entirely from scratch. I find this one helpful as many of the US recipes I used to use call for canned pumpkin for example, which is not available here, or fennel seeds etc., which I have yet to find.

The last one is mine. Several years ago, I wrote down all of my favorite recipes into a gorgeous Paper Blank book and only add to it when I know it's a family favorite, like my mom's lasagna, or something I make all the time. I plan to give this to my daughter when she moves into her own home (hopefully a very long time from now!).

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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

What is the best way to poach an egg then? I've tried so many tricks and hacks only to once peek behind a kitchen to find them making poached eggs in very shallow pots (deeper pans).
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What is the best way to poach an egg then? I've tried so many tricks and hacks only to once peek behind a kitchen to find them making poached eggs in very shallow pots (deeper pans).


Fill a 10- to 12-inch skillet with 2½ inches water, add 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Break each egg into a small cup and add to the water one at a time. Cook the eggs until the whites are just set, about 1½ minutes. Carefully remove the eggs with a slotted spoon.


It has never failed me and I'd tried every other method with miserable results.


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What is the best way to poach an egg then? I've tried so many tricks and hacks only to once peek behind a kitchen to find them making poached eggs in very shallow pots (deeper pans).
I like poached eggs, but now I find doing soft-boiled eggs to be similar enough and much more convenient.
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I like poached eggs, but now I find doing soft-boiled eggs to be similar enough and much more convenient.
With toast, I agree. But my favorite recipe is salmon with spinach and a poached egg on top. Not so simple with a soft boiled egg, me thinks.
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Re: Cookbooks - How Many Do You Have & How Many Are Used?

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Now THAT is a thread right up my street, but I almost don't dare posting....

Since I was a wee lass of 6-7yrs (as family lore tells it) I started to become a keen cook. Round that time, I bought with my pocket money my first children's cook book (which I still have), this was the foundation stone of my cook book collection, which grew constantly over the past 40+ years..

It consists now of over 400 cook books and booklets, I think currently it's 403 and there are a few folders with my handwritten or otherwise collected recipes too, as well as a few years collection of the SAISON Küche magazine.
Covering a really wide range over the centuries as well as from all over the world, from Iceland to AUS/NZ/TAS to the South Americas to all over Europe including Eastern Europe, all over Asia etc etc. and the languages range from german to english to french, italian and spanish

Anything to do with food, food history and customs around food (mainly Swiss and British), growing your own food, food to heal ailments, foraging for food etc is my one and only real and proper passion.

I quite like to play a little bit at being a mini Hyacinth Bouquet (WITHOUT SINGING!!) and love to have guests round for simple to multi course meals and dinners.

My books serve mainly as inspiration for dishes and to assemble menues, but I also try out and follow recipes from them. More often than not, I make something once according to recipe and then create my own variation of it.


Now you know why EE is always chirping up and in any food related threads
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I must try the wide shallow pan method - do they spread, do they need a lot of space between each one?

I've been using the restaurant method of deep pot, strong boil, stir a vortex and gently drop the egg in it. It works fine, but I find it quite stressful and you can only do one egg at a time....
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