Do you own a Cookbook?

United States
February 20, 2009 1:42pm CST
I used to have a cookbook when I was younger. It was a the Betty Crocker cookbook. I havent owned a cookbook since. I either create my own recipes or I will look them up online. How about you do you own a cookbook?
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Hi money mommy. I do have several cook books. I don't use any of them very much. I don't do a lot of baking but it's nice to have them when I do. I have recipes that have been in the family for years that I tend to use. I have gotten so that I look recipes up on line too. I can get a better variety that way. I have recipes sent to me through my email from both Betty Crocker and Pilsbury. I like to look to see and get some new ideas. I also have a cook book from Nebraska that has recipes from the very early days. It includes stories to go along with those recipes. It's a fun read.
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
hello, deebomb. i like the way you talk about your collectoin of cookbooks. the one that holds my interest best is that which you described to have also provided information about stories to go along with the recipes. my mind is now thinking as to what type of stories has been provided for each recipe. that is a very unique type of cookbook, really. well, they do that in nebraska, huh? that's interesting how they even bothered to do that. much effort there.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
20 Feb 09
the cook book is called "Nebraska Pioneer Cookbook" by Kay Graber. It talks about the life and cooking of the pioneers as they lived in sod houses and not just the recipes but going out to pick the wild fruit and how they used molasses instead of sugar with sugar being expensive and scarce. There are also stories about the grub on cattle drives. i haven't read it for a while but if I remember right there is a story about a girl turning 16 and her father taking her to see a tree for her birthday. Most of Nebraska only had trees along the rivers during the early days..
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@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
20 Feb 09
hi moneymommy, i don't cook but its something i want to learn so i was thinking of getting one of those "Cooking for Dummies" books LOL or one of those easy 5 ingredients only kind of cookbooks. im 24 and i'll be moving out with my boyfriend soon so i figure i should start learning so im not eating take out every night or frozen dinners LOL
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• United States
21 Feb 09
I never really cooked until I moved out on my own. It will be a lot of fun to learn. You can get a lot of neat recipes online and you can try that Cooking for dummies that might be good.
• Israel
21 Feb 09
There are also cookbooks for kids. The recipes are usually really easy. Also books like meals in 30 minutes or less. Nothing complicated. Just fast easy cooking.
@jwfarrimond (4474)
20 Feb 09
I have several cookbooks including my mother's old cookbook which is now a bit tattered, but as it's more than 70 years old, I suppose it's entitled to be a bit the worse for wear. But I don't often refer to my cookbooks, and when I do, I'll generally modify the recipe in some way. I'll quite often look things up online as that is quite fast and there is a huge amount of information available online.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
Wow, I wish I had my Mothers old cookbooks.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I have a collection of cookbooks. I do use them, more around the holidays. They are all different kinds of cookbooks. I have been saving them. Theres a big drawer in my kitchen that is full of cookbooks!
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• United States
21 Feb 09
Thats a lot of cookbooks!
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I have several cookbooks. One of my favorite ones that I use the most is belles best. I just ordered the biggest loser family cookbook. I'm really looking forward to it. I've been trying to find some healthy and cheap recipes that the whole family will enjoy.
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• United States
20 Feb 09
I've got several with great recipes in them. So many of them I intended to to try that look sooo gooood. But I haven't opened them since I got them. I make a better collector than a cook anyway.
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• Philippines
20 Feb 09
yes, i have some cookbooks at home. this is because i love to cook. my collection kept on adding and adding in numbers when my elder son enrolled in hotel and restaurant management. it is a four year full college course also. they do a lot of cooking. thus, we were forced to keep on buying cook books on various types of cuisines there is in this world. indeed, these cookbooks are very helpful in develop among us a good ability in cooking. by now, everyone in the family cooks well an good. having some cookbooks at home is really a plus for the family members. i am among those who believe that it is a good influence to everyone if a cookbook is always around for consultations when cooking.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I have several cookbooks. I just like researching new recipes. I purchased most of these before I got the computer. Now I can pull up any recipe I want on the computer. I like Betty Crocker recipes to I subscribe to her recipe newsletter. I also have recipes that I have printed out and saved from other forums that I visit. I subscribe to Campbell soup recipe newsletter. It has a lot of recipes that deals with their product.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Feb 09
i have a bunch of cookbooks. i have a betty crocker that i brough w/me from my mother's when i first married in 1959. i don't look at them too often but have them if i need them.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
I wish I still had my old cookbook.
• United States
20 Feb 09
I used to have a Betty Crocker cook book when I was young too!I don't own a cook book. I do as moneymommy described, I make my owne up and get them from online. I have a 3 ring binder that I keep them in, so I guess I do own a cookbook afterall!!
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• United States
21 Feb 09
You can find just about anything on the internet.
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Hi..everyone. Yes i have cookbooks, hundreds of them. I collect cookbooks. A Lot of the ones that i have are from the late 1800"s and the early 1900's. If i am looking for something specific i look it up, but i use a recipe as a guide, and i usually end up adding things, or not putting thins in.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
I do own a few cookbooks. Most of the time I use my own recipe book though. I have gathered my favorite recipes, and ones I would like to try in the future and re-typed them on the computer. I printed them and put them in a 3-ring binder. I labled them and organized them by section. This way I know where to go when I'm looking for a recipe and I do not have to search through many cookbooks to find it. I also look up recipes online. I can simply copy and paste and print them out for my own cookbook. To make it more interesting, I typed everything in pink (maybe thats just me being a girl lol).
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
20 Feb 09
We have two cookbooks in our house. One is an Indian food book and the other is one for cakes. I think you are right, a lot of people don't use cookbooks anymore as the internet has any recipe you could ever want.
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
20 Feb 09
hello moneymommy too funny about you not having any cookbooks. as a matter of fact, i have a collection of cookbooks. i have bought new cookbooks before as well as used ones at a yard sale that were in good shape, and some of the cookbooks that i have, have been gifts from either family members or friends. i have gotten to see Emeril LaGassee before off of FoodNetwork at a local bookstore here in town a couple of years ago. i have a signed cookbook by him. i guess that i have around sixty to seventy cookbooks in my collection of them if not more. and yes, i do read the recipes in the cookbooks that i have and that is one of the ways that i get new ideas for something for dinner. i always keep a sheet of paper in the front of the cookbook and i write down on that paper what recipe that i would like to cook sometime and also the page number that that recipe was on. cookbooks are awesome to have. take care and have a beautiful afternoon.
• United States
20 Feb 09
I have dozen of them. I have had my Betty Crocker Cookbook for over 30 years! It is a bit tattered now but I still use it. I have given my daughter and my granddaughter reprints of the same book . I also look on line and then print recipes for my own collection of favorites.
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@vera5d (4006)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I have one cookbook, but I don't read it ever, someone gave it to us in a box of books. It is full of recipes to use with cream cheese. I most of the time just look up recipes online. I am thinking something I will do eventually (maybe for Christmas presents this year) is compile a bunch of recipes and make up cookbooks for me and my family/friends. While its nice to get them all online, I don't exactly take my computer in to the kitchen with me when I cook, so then I have to either write the recipe down or print it :)
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@sandymay48 (2031)
• Canada
20 Feb 09
Hi moneymommy...I used to own tons of cookbooks...I had many Betty Crocker books and whole sets of cookbooks...Books on slowcooking, steaming, bread recipes, diet and low fat cooking.You name it and I probably had it. I have since gotton rid of all but a few that I wanted to keep. One was a cookbook put together by members of a community I once lived in and another I had bought while visiting in Tennessee, on southern cooking. Now I mostly make it myself or sometimes use the internet.
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I own a lot of cookbooks. I lik looking up new recipes. I also look them up online. I'm not one to follow a recipe when I cook but I like to get new ideas from them. Sometimes I just get bored with fixing the same old thing and I'll browse through a cookbook and come up with a new idea
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• United States
25 Dec 09
Kinda. I've been compiling recipies that we like into a lil index card book as we come across them, most are for baking though. I do also have a stash of cooking magazines I had gotten from a church rummage sale as well as my stash of Kraft mags. Otherwise I do have one my hubby got me that is ok, I haven't tried anything out of it yet though.... And yes I do look online alot for recipies. I like the idea of the sites w/ rating systems as I can't afford not to have a good meal and buy odd ingredients I'd never use ordinarily KWIM? So I love the ratings & look for the most highly rated one of a specific meal I'm hoping to make and adapt it from there.
• Philippines
20 Dec 09
Hi there moneymommy! We do have several cookbooks here at home. Most of them are owned by my father. Some are my own cookbooks. A couple are borrowed from my boyfriend. The cookbooks I own are either given by my friends or have been purchased by me because of interesting dishes on it. I haven't used them for quite some time as I use the internet now for more interesting recipes!