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Aug 31, 2006 11:02 AM

Cookbook gift - inscription inspiration

I have given a few cookbooks as gifts, lately, to beginning cooks. I'm having trouble with my inscriptions - i.e. "May all your meals be happy ones." What do you write?

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  1. Not quite on point, but if I'm giving a cookbook that I've used (not a used cookbook), I like to note somewhere recipes that I've particularly liked.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Yes, I do that too - on a separate sheet, of course!

    2. May all your juices run clear? :-P May all your toothpicks come out clean?

      OK, I'm in too silly of a mood to do this. So I'll give a practical solution.

      Go here: and search for "cooking," "cooks" or "food," and pick one that strikes your fancy. :-)

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      1. re: Covert Ops

        That's an interesting site, thanks!

      2. I was given a book from a restaurant as a going away present, and the inscription written was "Happy eatings and drinkings!" I thought it was a fun thing for her to come up with on the fly.

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        1. re: Pei

          This weekend's cookbook gift is going to a college student - maybe too close to the truth?!

          1. re: mirage

            If only all the eatings and drinkings on college campuses were happy...

        2. My noncooking sil gave me a cookbook once inscribed with
          Please continue to cook for me.

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          1. re: LaLa

            My friend gave me a cookbook an inscription suggesting recipes she'd like me to make for her (and it worked!)

          2. If it's a cookbook I've cooked from myself, I like to flag recipes that have turned out well. Otherwise, I write in quotations related to cooking/eating/dinner parties/etc.

            I had "Sunday Suppers" signed by Suzanne Goin, and she wrote, "Don't wait until Sunday!", or something along those lines, which I rather liked.