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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 - oldcookbooks.com, vintagecookbook.com....and 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 http://www.bookfinder.com/

              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....."

                  1. I found this website www.bookshoparoundthecorner.co.uk - they have a book finding facility and found a book that I'd lost hope I'd find again.

                    1. I sometimes have good luck at Alibris.


                      1. Another really good source for old, antiquarian, and out-of-print books is http://www.abebooks.com It's a consortium of several thousand independent booksellers, so even if no one is listing the book you're looking for right now, someone may well have heard of it, sold it in the past, etc.

                        1. I don't have an exact location, but thought you might try this. I had the great fortune of attending the Sunset Books festival one year and during the tour we had an opportunity to purchase any of the books that were published. The prices were great and I think I bought several for 2 or 3 dollars.

                          The festival is coming up and anyone that may be in the area should definately try to attend. It is a beautiful place and to tour the test kitchens and the beautiful gardens is truly a wonderful day. The following link will explain further and also may be helpful if you wanted to contact them directly regarding the particular book you're looking for.


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                          1. re: othervoice

                            Unfortunately, the evil Time Warner business unit that runs the Sunset label discontinued ALL Sunset cookbooks in 2005. The last Recipe Annual book is for the year 2004. IIRC you can download the magazine indexes from their website.
                            The used book sources listed above (Amazon, abebooks, alibris) are the best way to find them.

                            Here's a good site for local book sales: http://www.book-sales-in-america.com/

                            I have about 50 of the thin Sunset cookbooks but no Japanese :-(.

                            EDIT - the recipe for Szechwan Fish Rolls on page 56 of the Chinese Cookbook sounds like what Quine was looking for.

                            Quine - if you email me (see profile) I can get the recipe to you. BTW I'm impressed that someone in NJ knows about Sunset.

                            1. re: DiveFan

                              Their books have been widely distributed - I knew of the books for over 20 years before I heard of the magazine!