I love going through them and getting ideas - then I kind go off on my own. I do follow recipes for baking (for the most part).
We just love food, I love easy and yummy recipes and if I can add frugal in there too - it's a win-win recipe for me!
I have several books that have long been my go to books. Now I do have my Mom's very old and fat (and well worn) cook book. I do several baking recipes from it - as they are sure fire favorites of the family. There are even sweet little notes and suggestions written in the margins in her hand writing. Many of those recipes have been past on by myself to many of the younger generations in the family. Those are just special.
Here are a few of my favorite books - that get used often.
I like simple. The one on the top right that is hard to see is 500 Recipes Using Zucchini. My MIL found it at a yard sale and thought of me years and years ago. It was put together by a garden club in Southington, Ohio. Copyrights are 1968-1988. I have tried to find information on it, as many others have wanted one as well. Goodness, my brother actually copied the entire book himself on his home printer. It cost a small fortune in ink!!!!!
The things we do for our recipes (and our zucchini)!!!!!
I love Amish recipes as they are pretty straight forward. That book also has a lot of other types of tips and hints and stories as well. The other books are pretty self explanatory.
I was going through the bookshelf in the other room this week, trying to do some de-cluttering. There are many books that have been read - and won't be again. I will keep all my cooking, medical, gardening, herbs, and crafting books, as well as G's books on mechanics, guns, and home fix-it.
There are so many self help books that just may come in handy someday.
If I have read a novel - it really needs to go.
OK - I have veered off path here.
I found these 2 books tucked away in there - and I think they are very wise keeps as well. The hamburger book is dated 1960 and the other 1980. Good and easy recipes never go out of date!!
The Amish book I purchased new in the late 80's at an Amish 'fair' of sorts. All the others came from yard sales for pennies.
If you don't have any simple and frugal cooking idea books - you might think of getting a couple. They are just fun, but they may give us some super ideas in days that we have little money or variety of pantry goods to work with. We can't always depend on having a computer to fall back on. I want good old fashioned hands-on books as well.
Do you have any good basic, easy, fun and FRUGAL books that you tend to use a lot?
I am sure there are many, so please spread the word on ones that are good.
Let us know if we need to be looking for some new ideas.