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Introduction

 

We are all recipe collectors.

 

The trouble is that we don’t always remember where those recipes are, whether scribbled on a scrap of paper stuck into the middle of last summer’s beach read or on a computer print-out stuffed between many like it on the cookbook shelf. I know my grandmother’s recipe for brownies is somewhere in my house. Is it in a drawer in the kitchen? In the “Letters from G-ma” file? Or did I lend it to my sister? We need some order to the madness of our recipe collections, and that is what I hope to provide for you.

 

In The Omnivore’s Recipe Keeper you’ll find not only space for cutting, pasting, and storing your favorite recipes but also useful cooking resources such as measurement conversions and roasting guidelines. Scattered throughout are wonderful food images culled from my personal library of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-, century cookbooks. I’ve mined the depths of food books in my collection to show you some of my favorite color lithographs of rich Victorian cakes, turn-of-the-century Dutch poster stamps, matchbox covers from hip 1940s-era Japanese cocktail lounges, and much more. What I found delights me and reminds me why I collect these books in the first place–there’s both a whimsy and a charming seriousness to vintage food books, as you’ll see here.

 

In short, this is a collector’s Collector–a mix of utility and art, sprinkled with handy charts and resources, plus personal recipes from culinary luminaries. The sturdy folders are a place for you to store the recipes you use most, and the blank pages should set free the recipe creator in you. Don’t you hate it when you want to remember how you made something off the cuff six months ago, but you didn’t write it down? The day you improvised that incredible pasta sauce from what you had in the pantry? Now you can’t remember a single ingredient, except the oregano. I made a mind-blowing salsa last summer. God knows what went into it.

 

It’s time to start writing our recipes down. After all, how many of us wish our grandmothers had done that? I hope you’ll use this book to preserve the recipes you treasure most, be they your own or from others. Maybe some day your recipe keeper will end up in the hands of someone who cherishes it dearly.

 

Best,

 

Celia Sack

Owner, Omnivore Books on Food

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fibermiss, October 12, 2011 (view all comments by fibermiss)
This is a real keeper. I love my recipe keeper. filling it with stray recipes I have on pieces of scrap paper - which I put in the pocket and there is lots of empty pages to write new recipes. It will be great to pass on to my daughter one day. What really makes this book is the Design by Susan Fleming it is perfect beautiful, thoughtful, carefully designed for the cook, and full of amazing images. It has a retro 50's feel with a 21st century smartness. Like the reference pages at the back. The color palette, the images (she must have spent hours culling from recipe books) are inspiring and make the whole book a delight to look at and have. I almost didn't want to write in mine at first because it is so stunning to look at each page. the spiral binding makes it easy to use while cooking and is so smart. The design alone is really what makes this book a keeper. (It also makes great gifts! I am buying one for all my friends and family. it makes Christmas easy! you won't be disappointed with your purchase!)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781607740285
Author:
Sack, Celia
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Subject:
General Cooking
Subject:
Cooking and Food-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
SPIRAL
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
10.05 x 8.35 x 1.17 in 1.5 lb

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