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Jan 20, 2008 06:12 PM

Help me find lost cookbook, please.

Back in the 80's I had one of those "sunset" type cookbooks that was all about Japanese cooking. While I had literally hundreds of cookbooks on my bookshelves, I liked the recipes from this one. Unfortunately, in a move, the new place burnt down and I lost all. And while many books I miss, this one I really miss! And I can't even find a reference to it!

WHat I am mostly looking for, is a recipe in it that made eggrolls. Thin egg omlettes, rolled and filled; just like "NYC eggrolls" dipped in a cornstarch (as I recall batter)that made the most heavenly dish! I have other recipes I want to have again from this book...Anyone know of it????

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  1. So sorry for your loss.. But thanks for the entertainment as I went to my bookshelf to see if I had it (and looked through some of these books... no wonder our Mom's hate to cook!)

    Have you tryed looking at the library? I went to a library for the first time in decades, and they have lots of cookbooks.

    Any idea if this is the book: Sunset Oriental Cook Book (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)?

    1. A month or so ago, I posted on here a similar question for a neighbor who was missing a soup cookbook that was loaned out to someone, and never returned. My friend thought the name of the book was 'Soup's On', and that there were 2 women who wrote the book. I had a bunch of responses, which gave me information on some sites to find old cookbooks. Sure enough, I was able to find the right cookbook. I found a used copy, and it was delivered to NJ for less than $5! My friend is thrilled to have her favorite cookbook.
      In fact, this weekend I ordered a used copy of The Frog-Commisary cookbook that I misplaced a few years ago. The total cost was $4.54, including shipping. What a great find. Here is a link to the site, and they do appear to have a Sunset book on 'Oriental Cooking'. Don't know if it is the same one; maybe you could email with some questions.

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      1. re: mschow

        Thanks to you both, but, no it was not the Oriental Cooking one. I still have that one.

        1. re: Quine

          As a great collector of cookbooks, one my favorite places to find cookbooks EBAY, also they have used books on Amazon as well. Sometimes it takes me a while to find the book I want, but just a few weeks ago, I found a cookbook, that was a favorite of my mother's and her copy from 1967 was being held together by rubberbands, I got her a really good used copy on ebay and I am very pleased

          1. re: Quine

            I second the vote for Abebooks, which I've used many times to find old books to great results.

          2. Here is a link to an e-bay search on Sunset Cookbooks. Don't know if the one you are looking for is here.

            1. There are other old cookbook sites -, I think there's another one that I've used several times (located an old pasta book, and the
              old Farm Journal cookbooks - and will probably go looking for another called The Haphazard Gourmet sometime soon) - I think the old cook book sites might be faster/easier than ebay, but you could get lucky there, too.

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              1. re: Alice Letseat

                There is also an excellent general used book search engine at

              2. Is this part of the recipe?

                ".....Egg wrappers. Whirl 7 eggs, 1 table­spoon each water and salad oil or sesame
                oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon white pepper, and 1 teaspoon cornstarch
                in a blender until smooth. You should have about 1 3/4 cups.

                Heat a 12-inch frying pan over medium heat; add 1/2 teaspoon butter or
                margarine and swirl to coat pan bottom. Pour in 1/4 cup egg mixture and tilt
                pan to coat bottom evenly. Let cook until top is dry but bottom has not
                quite started to brown (about 20 sec­onds). Remove from pan. Repeat, using
                1/2 teaspoon butter and 1/4 cup batter for each wrapper; you should have
                7round wrappers. Cut each wrapper in quarters to make 4 wedges each. If
                made ahead, cover and refrigerate....."