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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.

          2. oh. . . i opened my copy of the breadbaker's apprentice on tuesday. dh had given it to me as a present when it first came out.

            "to (soupkitten's real name),
            the bestest person in the whole wide world.
            love (dh)."

            soooooooooooo incredibly sweet to see the inscription a few years down the road. . .

            i think you should write in the book if you want, and it's so much more important to say something you really mean with your heart , than to try too hard to be witty.

            1. May your lives together be as sweet as the Creme Brulee (page 57..)
              As spicy as the salsa (page 133)
              As complex as the no knead bread (page 211)
              And as delicious as the smell (but not the taste) of bacon!!
              (all these page #'s & recipes are made up.... choose what works.....) just sayin'. adam

              1. What are your personal thoughts on this couple. Write those. I cannot tell you one word, it should come from your heart and mind.


                  1. Without food, without wine, what use is love?

                    French proverb

                    1. May your marriage combine all the elements of a great dish. Enough heat to keep it interesting. A blend of other seasonings which will deepen the complexity of your union. Stir it up with challenges and laughter. Finally, serve each other with love, caring, tenderness and patience.

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                      1. re: Servorg

                        i love books with inscriptions.

                        i got this here from a thread about a reading at a wedding:

                        It's an excerpt from the introduction to Volume One of Mastering the Art of French Cooking:
                        Pay close attention to what you are doing while you work, for precision in small details can make the difference between passable cooking and fine food. If a recipe says, "cover casserole and regulate heat so liquid simmers very slowly," "heat the butter until its foam begins to subside," or "beat the hot sauce into the egg yolks by driblets," follow it. You may be slow and clumsy at first, but with practice you will pick up speed and style.
                        Allow your self plenty of time. Most dishes can be assembled, or started, or partially cooked in advance. If you are not an old campaigner, do not plan more than one long or complicated recipe for a meal or you will wear yourself out and derive not pleasure from your efforts.
                        If food is to be baked or broiled, be sure your oven is hot before the dish goes in. Otherwise soufflés will not rise, piecrusts will collapse, and gratinéed dishes will overcook before they brown.
                        A pot saver is a self-hampering cook. Use all the pans, bowls, and equipment you need, but soak them in water as soon as you are through with them, Clean up after yourself frequently to avoid confusion.
                        Train yourself to use your hands and fingers; they are wonderful instruments. Train yourself to handle hot foods; this will save time. Keep your knives sharp.
                        Above all, have a good time.

                        1. re: pigtails

                          Some of that sounds like what my loving wife tells me every day, especially the part about "cleaning up... "


                        2. Being safe, inscribe it in a straightforward To/From manner, and with the date. Add Sentiment if desired. Don't worry about future resale or future breakups, as that's just borrowing trouble, and really not relevant to your Sentiment.

                          BTW, I don't mind in the least the inscribed cookbooks from husband 1.0. They make me smile, and the food is just as good.

                          Another BTW - just picked up a 1943 edition of the Joy of Cooking with an inscription from 1979. I like it better with the inscription. Writing in books may go away - how can you inscribe a Kindle or an online collection of recipes?

                          Tell the young couple what you feel and don't spare the ink. They may love it.