Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Seven 2

My 7 most favorite cookbooks and 7 reasons that make them important to me:

People who like to cook (like me) usually have shelf after shelf of cookbooks but truthfully I find myself pulling the same ones off the shelf.  I also find I tend not to use my hardcopy cookbooks past these 7 because of the wealth of recipes and ideas to be found online.  

My First Seven Favorites:

1.  Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash

2.  Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker

3.  My Own Cookbook by Gladys Taber

4.  Heartland by Marcia Adams

5.  The Pioneer Lady's Country Kitchen by Jane Watson Hopping

6.  The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini

7.  The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime by Ree Drummond

Seven Reasons Why a Cookbook becomes my Favorite:

1.  Often has a story of how or why the recipe is used by the author

2.  Love the history of how foods used to be cooked and why

3.  Has several tips on choosing the ripest or best and how to cook as well as freeze

4.  Lots of technical steps

5.  Really easy with few steps

6.  As many photos as possible

7.  Someone very dear to me used it or gave it to me as a gift or both

Have any cookbooks you love or a reason you love them?  Leave a comment, ok?


  1. I love the title for #6, The Vegetable Butcher. Is it safe to assume that's a vegetarian cookbook? I'm not vegetarian or vegan myself, but I regularly include those type of recipes in my diet for both health and taste reasons. I've also always loved eating fruit and almost any kind of vegetable. They often take up the lion's share of my plate!

    Oh, and I couldn't agree with you more on wanting cookbooks that explain everything clearly and concisely. A recipe doesn't have to be complicated in order to be delicious. :)

    This is my Saturday Seven for this week.

  2. Lydia, glad you stopped by. The Vegetable Butcher is very like the "Victory Garden Cookbook" (except newer). It has every veggie in alpha order. Recipes are there but so are how to cut them and cook them. However, there is no better cookbook like that than the Victory Garden Cookbook. It went out of print but I did see them again on Amazon. If you can get it you'll love it. Lots of photos, tons of ideas and ways to cook a veggie, use up a veggie and store one. Neither book is vegetarian as a whole. They are both just my favorite "go to's" for veggies.

  3. I love Pioneer Woman, but would you believe I've never looked into her cookbooks? I absolutely love the idea of the Vegetable Butcher--there are so many veggies out there I don't know what to do with them (though I'm learning quite a few because I've become a fan of the TV show "Chopped").

    Thanks for the list!!

  4. I LOVE "Chopped".
    Not sure if that says a good thing or a bad thing about us :)

  5. Wow, those are a lot of books I'm going to need to investigate! The only book on your list I actually own is the Joy of Cooking. I've had that since my marriage over 30 yrs ago.

    I love finding antique cook books where people have written little notes about what they liked or didn't, and what they changed. It's so cool because it's like they're passing on their cooking wisdom to me.

    Thanks for a yummy post, Kathy! :)

  6. Somehow my mom's notes in the cookbook she used always make me feel close to her although she's been gone many years. My hubby's mom gave me many of hers and she has notes in them too. Seem like treasures.

  7. I love cookbooks... I would hate to have to count up just how many I have. I will sit down and just browse through them, more to get ideas than to actually use the recipes as they are written!

  8. I love them to browse through too. Almost like a magazine. And...ideas are exactly what I get since I am more of an experimenter than anything.

    Thanks for stopping by.


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