Cookbooks Galore…

Since Beaux with Holy Poached Eggs was talking about cookbooks, it reminded me of how many I actually do have.  It seems to be a thing in the South.  We love to share recipes.  We also love to collect church cookbooks.  The best cookbooks always tend to be ones from the little ol’ church down in the valley.  A lot of our cookbooks have stories.  It could be one our Grandparents always used to cook out of.  It could be one that they have a lot of recipes in (which would be my case in one book).  It could be one we remember our Mom or Dad cooking out of growing up.  The cookbook where you knew if it was pulled out, that you were going to experience a completely edible meal (of course anything Mom cooked in our household was edible). 

This brings a thought to my over-thinking brain…I go to the internet a lot these days looking for recipes.  Why must we go to the internet when we have tried and true recipes right in our cookbooks on our shelves or in our cabinets?  It’s kind of sad.  Most of our good used cookbooks have our families fingerprints on them.  They took care (in most of them) to not spill ingredients on them.  And, if they did…you know that huge splatter on one page…you know it was probably a troublesome recipe and you might not want to try it.  We all have cookbooks that were passed down from the last generation or maybe even generations past.  If they were good enough for our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, why aren’t they good enough for us? 

Why do we have to go electronic all the time?  I want to feel the paper as I turn it between my fingerprints.  I want to find that random crumb stuck between the Pound Cake and Bishop Bread recipes.  I want to find that splatter that has a story to it.  I want to put my fingerprints all over the book and leave my own mark with my own splatter for goodness sakes. 

The internet is great to find recipes you may not have, but nothing can replace a good ol’ hand-me-down, a cookbook bought for a fundraiser, or that good Southern cookbook from the church down in the valley…

Here is a list of a few that I have…

  • Cooking with Pat (the copy of my Maw-Maw’s cookbook)
  • the Tillamook Cheese cookbook
  • Cooking with Grace – Shiloh United Methodist Church
  • Recipes from Home – Belleville East Dance Team – 2010-2011
  • Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade desserts
  • Quick and Healthy Recipes and Ideas (love this one!)
  • Sauces: Classic and Contemporary Sauces
  • The one that came with Nyxie – Kitchenaid
  • Build a Better Burger
  • Eat to the Beat! – The Needham B. Broughton High School Band
  • 2011 Taste of Home Annual Recipes
  • Cook’s Country – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008  (These are the annual publications with all of the magazines combined into one outstanding cookbook!)

Of course, there are many more to inherit I am sure, and more I didn’t mention!  I can’t even begin to name all of the Weight Watchers ones I use…sometimes….. 

Take a second and thumb through an old cookbook of yours…do you feel your heritage?


  1. I love cookbooks and I love this post! Cookbooks are the culmination of years of trying to provide for your family, please the palate of all, and to share love. That is what being a Southerner is all about: sharing and showing our love through food. How many times has someone received the fresh, new cookbook from the community or their church and secretly thumbed through it to see their name beside their most cherished recipe. How many times have you looked through an old cookbook, saw a familiar name, and relived happy memories shared through food? Cookbooks are a collection of love. Guess who gets to inherit all my cookbooks?


  2. I’m finally getting a chance to catch up!

    First, I want to say your new layout is perfect, perfect, PERFECT for your blog. I can’t imagine a more perfect theme!

    Second, I want to say that you’re so right about the cookbooks. I see that you have the Tillamook Cheese cookbook, which sounds divine; I can’t wait to get a-hold of some of it. I’ll blog about it when I do.


    1. Yes! I see you catching up! Funny how life gets in the way, eh? And, thanks! I’m enjoying the new layout as well. It seems to load faster, which is what I was going for. I need to send you some cheese it seems…..


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