I have bunches and bunches of cookbooks and I read them often. I do use recipes as written for baking and canning. Once in a while I find a recipe for a main dish that I will make "as directed", and love it. Usually I look at the pictures - read the recipe - then go off and make something 'similar'. Go figure. I do the same thing when watching cooking shows!
I would say at one time I had over a hundred cookbooks (yard sales and thrift stores). In the past year I got rid of many. I mean how many books do you need on chili recipes - especially since I always make it the same way!
I often make a dish and G will love it and he will tell me "you have to make that again". Uh-huh - if I can remember what I did. I am notorious for just throwing things together and experimenting.
Please tell me I am not alone! I also like to use leftovers and make something completely new with them.
Here are some of my favorite cookbooks.
The old one was my moms. Well worn and well used for many, many years. The Gooseberry holiday book is not just holiday recipes. There are many good ones in it. I love my Amish cookbook - lots of simple recipes (basics) and recipes for gatherings and many good tips. My zucchini book has been my Bible for zucchini for many years (.50 yard sale find). Meals in Minutes has lots of quick and easy recipes.
The one the sun is shining on is Dining on a Dime Cook Book. (upper right corner). It is by Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper. I got mine on a special they had (they do it about once a year), and got I think 4 different books from them for just about the price of the cookbook alone. The have the website Living on a Dime.
If someone told me I could only keep ONE book, as much as I cherish moms, I think the one I would keep is Dining on a Dime. It has good, yummy, inexpensive, and easy recipes for EVERYTHING! Meals, beverages, sweets and desserts, breads, breakfast, soups, veggies, pasta & rice, salads, gift recipes, kids stuff, and cleaning recipes. You name it and it's in there. It's like 475 pages!!!!
It also contains a lot of good tips throughout. There is even an index for recipes using leftovers. YEP, I think this is the most well rounded book I have.
**(Not promoting for them - I just love the book).
I have made up some recipe books of my own.
I also have a couple go-to recipe books for making jar mixes - whether for gifting or just for having on hand for the pantry. These are good ones to have on hand.
I would hate to lose any of my books. I am rather obsessed with them! I have many, many others including about 15 of the Quick Cooking 'yearly' hard back books.
I would sure love to have the room to be able to have ALL of my cookbooks out on display for easy using and reading. Right now they are in about 5 places throughout the house. I put them where I can.
Now one thing to remember - OLD cookbooks can be quite beneficial in the frugal kitchen. Back in the day - folks used what they had, got inventive, and the recipes found in may of the old books are quite economical and frugal. They had to be, as the women had to cook that way. So if you get a chance to acquire some older books - do it!
I just thought I would share a bit of my passion and love for books (I like all kinds). I hope maybe you have one or saw one that may keep you on the frugal wagon.
Do you have any cookbooks that are extremely special and well used at your house? If so - please tell!!!!! I may need another one - LOL.