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Sunday, September 24, 2006 

My Cookbook Haul

As I mentioned, I managed to drag home several cookbooks from the annual Planned Parenthood booksale. Look what one can find when rummaging around a local booksale! (must make mental note...stay away from anyplace selling cookbooks for awhile....)

Centenary Favorites from the Centenary United Methodist Church (1986) - $3
An interesting cookbook printed to raise money to help fund a new church in Little Tokyo. From another site I found, it mentions that this cookbook is actually a Joy of Cooking for Japanese Americans! It is chockful of Asian recipes and techniques, mixed in with the usual "scaloppine" recipes.

Celebrate Chicago! A Taste of Our Town - Junior League of Chicago (1996) - $6
Junior League. Can't go wrong. Lovely typeface. Gorgeous photos. Terrific layout. Delicious looking recipes.

The Spice Islands Cookbook (paperback 1967) - $1.50
I have it in hardback already...at this price, had to get the paperback. Incredibly informative.

Ojai's Bounty (2001) - $4.00
The cover is spectacular. The recipes very interesting. Who knows if Ojai will even be in existance after the Day Fire.

Wait a Minute...I'll Get You My Recipe - (1974) - $1.00
Handwritten recipes from a woman named Carol Brandon Bergeron. Don't know who she is. The previous owner has written "delicious" near several recipes.

Charleston Receipts - Junior League of Charleston (23rd printing - 1981) - $1.00

Easy Recipes of California Winemakers - (1970) - $1.00
So completely 70's. Orange and brown. Classic 70's illustration. ALL 500 of the recipes use some sort of wine. Even the desserts. Over 900,000 Copies Sold! This is a cookbook by 200 dedicated California winemakers, their wives and colleagues.

Main Line Classics II - Junior Saturday Club of Wayne (1996) - $5.00
Any Tabasco Cookbook Award winner at this price deserves to be in any collection.

Northern Italian Cooking by Biba Caggiano (1981) - $1.00
Anyone who has gone to Biba in Sacramento knows why any book by Biba is a must have.

Yes....there's more...but I'm tired of typing right now. Besides, have to warn Danno how many New Orleans cookbooks I picked up!

I absolutely love to read cookbooks that are from a fundraiser or community group, especially if they have information about the recipes' sources. I love imagining what their lives were like, from their recipes.

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