Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday's Treasures "Cook books"


When I was looking around my home for today's Tuesday's Treasures I discovered my favourite cooking books in one of my bookcases. I have many books but not many cook books.

These are 4 of my favourite cook books. The first 2 my oldest brother gave me in the late 1970's when I was a teenager. My brother has since died but he loved cooking and wanted me as his youngest sister to love cooking too. I use these books the most especially "The Commonsense Cookery Book". It is a great book with very simple recipes in it especially suitable for new cooks. I have given it to my nieces as presents. I know Bec uses her's, not sure if her sisters use their's.

When I was shopping last week I saw the new Margaret Fulton Cookbook. I looked through it but felt it wasn't as good as the original one that I own so didn't buy it. Margaret Fulton is the best known chef in Australia.

The last 2 books are a cookbook from the local community of the small town where my sister lives and of course "The Country Women's Assoc of NSW Cookery Book". I also use these a lot as well.

My favourite book is a compliation of recipes that I wrote in an old school textbook when I left home. It has all Mum's recipes in it that she used to cook when we were growing up. My mum rarely used a recipe but always cooked great food. When I left home I wanted to be able to cook the same recipes. I asked mum to write them down and as most of them were made from memory she would cook a different one each time I was home. I would write the steps down while she cooked them.

Don't forget to check out all the other Tuesday's Treasures on Clare's blog.

10 comments:

BubzRugz said...

Good to see your Treasured cookery books.... I found a Margaret Fulton in an op shop the other day and got that... really just because I wanted an Australian Icon's book in the bookshelf - I haven't tried any of the recipes yet - I also like mum's recipes best - maybe it is because it conveys memories?
Hugz
Fiona

Janice said...

We used the Commonsense Cookbook in Home Science at high school. It is still the one I refer to for the basics of cooking. I too, have a folder with many of Mum's staple recipes, which I refer to all the time. Where would we be without them.

Melody said...

I love the good old fashioned recipes you get in books like this, especially the cakes. Thanks for sharing.

Liz said...

I have the CWA cookbook. It is just fabulous. I love your collection of books-some treasures and lovely memories.

clare's craftroom said...

I still have my commonsence book from highschool too and yes I still refer to it .
Thanks for showing us your cookbooks and playing along .

Judith said...

Cooking is not one of my gifts and I admire folk like you that can cook!! old books of anykind are indeed treasures..

Sue said...

I'm sure Margaret is treasured by many. She taught so many of us to cook something different from our mother's recipes.

Sheila said...

Cookbooks are indeed treasures but the one you have that is compiled of the recipes your Mom made would be the best of all .

teresa said...

I still have my Commonsense Cookbook from Home Ec in high school too!! It is a terrific book. I love your other ones, and can't believe you still have the Margaret Fulton one. I think, though, the best one is with your Mums recipes. That's so special. I still have a few recipes that my Nan wrote out for me ... and I just love that they are in her hand writing as well! Thanks for sharing xx

DAWNIE said...

Oh I love your quilt - you are doing an amazing job. As for the treasures - can you believe I have three of these too!!!