Some may think we have a slight problem with our collection of cook books. However, both Daniel and I love to eat, love to cook and and actually enjoy reading cookbooks. Each one of the cook books on these two shelves contains a favorite recipe or more.With Daniel's brother visiting, we've been preparing many of their old family dishes from their mother's recipes. There's a special comfort in familiar dishes from our childhood, isn't there?
That made me think of KJ's recent question on of of my food posts about my favorite cook book. And here it is:
It is my mother's handwritten cook book. My mother passed away suddenly when I was 21 and one of the things I always wished was that I had learned more of her cooking skills from her. No matter what was going on in her life, she cooked the most delicious meals - effortlessly!
I only have a few things of hers and this is the most precious to me. A cook book given to her by her mother with a few family recipes already recorded.
To those, she added her own,
and after she died, I added some more. I think there is something intensely personal and sacred in handwritten items and I love this page of recipes recorded by three generations.
And, of course, this book contains many memories, such as the day she cut this recipe from our local paper and made the apricot cake that has become one of my family's favorites.
Of all the recipes, I have to say that the cake and cookie recipes bring back the very best memories...
Do you have a family cook book? And if you do, do you still cook from it?