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Before we had the internet.

It really wasn't that long ago.You might have gone to the library or a bookstore to find a recipe you needed. Writing the found recipe on a scrap of paper. Or watching cooking shows on PBS for some new ideas.Finding a restaurant you might like when out of town.It's so much better now with the internet. So what did you do to search a recipe,get ideas, or find a restaurant before you had the internet?

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    1. They were called cookbooks. I bought them in places called bookstores.

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        1. re: Jay F

          Self-edited because I decided I sounded too snarky!

          1. re: Chatsworth

            Oh. Well, thanks for telling us.

            1. re: Chatsworth

              It's ok. I shared your snarkiness on that.

            2. re: Jay F

              Yes, and useful recipes could even be found published in something called a "newspaper," which contained features as well as news. Although usually published daily, typically a food section was included once a week.

              1. re: GH1618

                Sometimes I'll find a recipe I clipped long ago in a cookbook from that era. My favorite beef stew recipe is from an article in the Sunday Washington Post Magazine, and I keep it in Mastering the Art.

                What did we *ever* do before the internet?

                1. re: Jay F

                  I love my old recipes and even more, I love seeing the old ads on the back, with 1970s prices.

                  1. re: coll

                    I was going through some old Bon Appetits the other day, c. 1978. It turns out I paid around $79 for a 7-pc set of Le Creuset.

                    1. re: Jay F

                      ::::thunk::::: If *only* we all knew then what we know now......

                      1. re: Jay F

                        To think I sold my entire, hardly used, Le Creuset 10 piece set at a garage sale for $20 to make way for the new and 'better' stainless steel.

                        1. re: latindancer

                          My MIL started me off with Farberware stainless steel and I still use it as much as my LeCrueset. Each are good/better for certain things.

                          1. re: coll

                            :). I agree. I wish I'd been wiser then before giving it all up.
                            Live and learn.

                          2. re: latindancer

                            I used my Le Creuset so fiercely, they replaced it for free 20 years later.

                          3. re: Jay F

                            I paid around $100 with free shipping sometime in the 1980s, have added a few pieces since then but a great starter set.

                  2. I did the same as the other two. There were a few times I call mom, but really most of the time I looked up cookbooks and even now I do. Unlike Jay, I usually just flip to the recipe of the dish I want to make and try to memorize it without buying the books.

                    1. Besides cookbooks, ( I read Joy of Cooking cover to cover when I was a kid. I don't mean I flipped to interesting stuff. I mean i *read* every page. Learned a LOT.) magazines were a great source. I remember liking Family Circle (I think it was Family Circle) because they would do a "month of menus" feature that I found fascinating.

                      Oh, and PBS for sure. I learned a great deal from Jeff Smith, the Frugal Gourmet. Of course that was before we found out he was what he was.

                      1. Magazines and newspapers.

                        For both cooking ideas and researching restaurants.

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                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I still have an entire file cabinet of recipes I clipped in the 1970s and 1980s, either the Daily News (Burt Greene mostly), Craig Claiborne in the Times and lots of local recipes from Long Island publications. The Happy Cooker in the Pennysaver was amazing! Magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and Good Housekeeping, there weren't too many "gourmet" publications then. I still go through my files periodically and pull a few out for future consideration!

                          Oh and family recipes from friends at work, every time I make them to this day I think of happy, younger times past.