Twenty Dinners ~ Cookbook Review

Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor Wonderful Recipes! Amazing photography! Interesting dinner menus! This cookbook had me from the front cover to the last page. As soon as I opened it, I was hooked. Honestly, I spent the evening reading this cookbook. Thank goodness I didn’t have other obligations that night! I realize that intro sounds as if I’m overly excited about this cookbook. I probably am. But in my defense, you need to take a look at the book and decide for yourself. Two friends (one a band member, one a photographer) have been cooking together for awhile and decided they should make a cookbook. They share menus with readers for 20 dinners (that’s where the name comes from!) They offer cooking tips along with the recipes. What I really like: their easy going, not fancy, every day living approach to food. At one point, they even recommend just opening another bottle of wine when things don’t go according to plan in the kitchen. That’s my kind of dinner party! What frustrates me: The recipes are wonderfully easy to follow, but obtaining the ingredients is difficult for me. The authors are near New York City and have … Continue reading →

1972 The New York Times Heritage Cook Book ~ Vintage Cookbook

The New York Times newspaper has long been held up as an authority on all things. Even in times when they were not considered authorities on a subject, the opinions expressed by this paper are taken seriously. During the 1970’s the paper undertook an adventure in discovering the cultural differences defined that American cuisine. A journalist spent quite a few meals in church basements, American Legion halls and at kitchen tables sampling and recording the recipes we call “home cooking”. 1972 The New York Times Heritage Cook Book   Hardcover, 804 pages Condition: Very Good, no dust jacket, binding tight, inscribed on inside front cover to previous owner Price: 24.00 This collection of regional recipes is nearly an encyclopedia of culinary habits in the United States. The recipes were collected by a New York Times reporter who traveled the country, eating in church basements, local diners and grandmother’s kitchens. Each recipe is considered a local tradition and captures the spirit of the area. Regions: Northeast South Midwest Mountain/Northern Plains Southwest Northwest   Recipes and instructions cover every part of a meal from appetizers, side dishes and main dishes to desserts and after dinner drinks. You’ll learn “How to Prepare a … Continue reading →

1973 The New Joys of Jello Recipes ~ Vintage Cookbook

Jell-O was a staple at family gatherings when I was a girl. We often had red Jell-O with fruit cocktail mixed in and Cool Whip on top. The fruit always sank to the bottom of the pan. We didn’t care. We always asked grandma for seconds. We considered ourselves lucky when our serving included the red cherry in the fruit cocktail. 1973 The New Joys of Jello Recipes Vintage Cook Book Copyright: 1972 Condition: Fair, slight tear on top of spine, mild wear from use, writing inside front cover Price: 6.00 Synopsis: Hardcover book with two tall glasses of gelatin and one mold on the front cover. 128 pages. Lots of full color photos throughout the book. Many photos show families enjoying the great recipes. Pages are a magazine type paper with a gloss finish.   Table of Contents Nice Easy things to do with Jello Start with Jello Family Desserts Bring on the Super Desserts Centerpiece Desserts Salads that Help Make the Meal Sociable Side Salads Salads for the Slim Life Salads for Special Events Especially for Junior Cooks Things You Never Thought Of Basic Preparation Hints Serve it in Style I have to admit. Jell-O still amazes me. … Continue reading →