Monday, October 06, 2008
Copy Number Four
I didn't really need another, not at all. The fact that I have three already should have been enough to keep me from purchasing a fourth, but I had to. The Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook was the first cookbook I ever used; the one I still turn to, and the one for which I am relentlessly seeking a specific edition.
My mom had this cookbook, of course, just like every other 60's/70's mom in the United States. When I wanted to make sugar cookies (which was quite often) it was the book I opened. When I baked my first loaf of bread, it was the recipe contained in those food-stained pages that I was drawn to.
When I taught in-home cooking lessons, it was the book I recommended to anyone just starting out. I still think it's the best book for beginning cooks. Every edition is different, updated, modernized, revamped. Each edition has a section or recipe or tip that I find I can't live without, so I keep them all.
My mom's copy is gone and I don't have any idea what edition it was, but I will keep searching until I find it, and until then, amassing as many editions as possible is just fine with me.