Minnesota Cooks: Collecting Old Cookbooks
Old cookbooks have a certain, unarguable charm. With today's fast food environment, it sometimes is shocking to know that people used to cook their own meals at home. It's hard to believe, but it is very true.
Some people like to collect old cookbooks to learn how to get back to the basics. It compares to buying an old record player and playing LP records instead of CD's. It's just better all around. Better flavor, better quality ingredients and you can control the portions a little better. Perhaps it is cheaper, perhaps it is not.
Cooking or Creative Uses for Cookbooks
If I look on Pinterest, I am quite certain I will find that people are using cookbooks for cooking and for craft projects.
A retro project would be decoupage. A nowadays project would perhaps include making a scrap book using the pages of an old cookbook.
Cooking Requires Tools
As with any vocation, tools are required. Cooking is no different. A simple dish might involve a measuring cup and spoons, a stirring spoon, a pan to cook it in, and a baking dish.
Preparing your food for cooking might involve a few tools, perhaps a mixer, blender, electric knife, or a food processor.
You may have to learn some terms you don't already know. Basting, caramelizing, frying, baking, simmering.
You may learn that many recipes are tried and true, meaning you can eat the finished product and make it again and enjoy it just the same. Other recipes, no matter how you try to change the original, just are not as good.
Cookbook Collecting is Fun
I enjoy collecting old cookbooks, more than I enjoy cooking. Although, I have a lot of cookbooks, I may have to start selling them just to regain some closet space.
Perhaps you should start collecting cookbooks, instead of me?
I may have some you could use.
New Versus Old
Perhaps you do not know the difference between an old cookbook and a newer cookbook.
The newer cookbook that I have is hardcover. It has clear, beautiful photographs. The older cookbooks, are different. Some are just pamphlets. The pictures are drawn, or black and white photos. The clothing is different. The paper is different. Perhaps it's not glossy. The following recipe uses a sifter. People used to have to sift their flour before they baked with it.
Even the language used, even though English, is different.
I just think that the older cookbooks are cool.