I am a cook-book-aholic. Yes I admit it. I am completely addicted to buying and reading cookbooks. I'm not addicted to cooking however, just flipping through pages and pages of recipes, drooling over fabulous recipes that I might prepare one day. So of course one of the first things I do in someone elses kitchen is glance over at their cookbook collection and see what they have that's new to me.
Southern Belle has a nice collection, mostly books of southern type recipes with that 'downhome' flair. Last night I noticed that she had the classic Joy of Cooking out on her table and so I picked it up and plopped myself down in her big comfy couch (yes she has a couch in her kitchen- I love it!). This was the newest edition, published just 2 years ago and I suddenly realised that I didn't have it on my shelves! I was sorely tempted to pull out my fabulous mobile phone which has the internet on it (I am not called 'Gadget-Girl' for nothing!), and point my browser at amazon.com and order one immediately. But I resisted, saving that task for later.
Then I noticed that SB had another copy of this cookbook on her shelves. An old one. And after glancing through it I knew I wanted this one as well, for it is completely different. All sorts of old recipes and information.
Like recipes for cooking wild game! Mmmmm delicious right? Think again. Haven't you always wanted to know how to cook....... well..... let's say..... squirrel for instance? Or woodchuck?? Or beaver?? Or porcupine?? Or possum????? Seriously did they or DO they eat those animals in America???? Did you know you have to slit the squirrels skin and stand on its tail and pull the darn skin off??? Or that you should CATCH a possum a week before you want to feast on him and feed him bread and milk??? Unbelievable but true! The original edition makes riveting reading and I've just discovered that you can buy a facsimile copy of the 1931 edition on Amazon. How can I resist? I'm off to order a cookbook or two. But I'll be back.
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