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Apr 8, 2009 02:56 PM

Quick - need an inscription for a cookbook (wedding present)

I've purchased Bittman's Vegetarian cookbook as a wedding present for a lovely young couple and am now trying to think of something witty and heartfelt to write inside it. Help! (Thanks!)

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    1. I would suggest enclosing a note rather than writing inside since many times books are duplicated as gifts and cannot be exchanged if written in.

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      1. re: marti

        I agree with this wholeheartedly. I can't stand having anybody write inside my books. Other than the author, if I'm so lucky.

        Here's a good quote, from chef Michel Richard: "Cooking is caring, cooking is love, cooking is respect."

      2. "Hope you are still married for the years it will take to try all these recipies"

        1. One of my fave foodie quotes and one I've used numerous times for similar gifts is:
          Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
          ~ Harriet Van Horne

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          1. re: aussiewonder

            Oh, I love that quote.

            I also LOVE the idea of writing in the cookbook. So what if they get two? The one without the loving inscription can be returned or passed along to a dear friend. My family tradition was gifts of books with dated inscriptions, and I can track my entire childhood through my books. That is the best kind of sentimental IMHO.

            And this is coming from a divorce lawyer...So what if they end up broken up? Give the gift with your whole heart. You think that they won't have a household of belongings that will remind them of their wedding day?

            1. re: Vetter

              I love buying used cookbooks WITH inscriptions. It's sweet..and I can imagine the people, the love, hours in the kitchen. I love it more when the pages have food and/or grease spots on them.

          2. I also agree with those who say not to write in the cookbook. Hopefully this won't happen, but marriages do break up. I have a few cookboks that my ex-boyfriend got me as a present in the past. I still wince when I pick it up and read the inscriptions in it and hope that my husband never sees them. I've actually thought about blacking them out.

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            1. re: Miss Needle

              Tear that page out...or put a sticker over it...or just cover it with something!

              Don't put the names before the inscription...just the inscription and your name.