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Why Do I Do This?

My interest is really in old cookbooks. There's something about holding a cookbook printed in 1849 that I get a charge out of. A cookbook can provide a connection with an individual or community that may no longer exist. 'Without documentation there is no history', I'm interested in history, cookbooks provide documentation for me.

How I Got Here

Growing up on a dairy farm there was always a sturdy, well- worn Betty Crocker, Farm Journal recipes and women's magazines full of ideas. Later, cooking in restaurants for a living meant pouring over glossy copies of Gourmet and searching bookstores for the newest cookbooks by Waters, Heatter, Purdy, and Buscalia among others. Today, I look back, way back, to cookbooks that came before food proccessors, microwaves or even refrigerators.

CookBook Links:

Food Heritage Press
Serious Books for Serious Cooks
Cookbook Collectors Exchange
There are people out there into cookbook collecting even more than I am!
Betty Crocker
Better than Martha Stewart any day.
Jello
There's alway room for this link.
John Thorne, Outlaw Cook
Great Food Writing, Unusually Good
My Next Page
Cookbook Reviews With Pictures!

Martha Vining

vining@worldnet.att.net