The side-car thread to the absolute worst cookbook you own -- What is your most obscure, weird or oddball cookbook.
- Firegoat Jul 27, 2013 02:21 PM
This kind of came up in the worst cookbook that you own discussion. In addition to actual worst cookbooks, there are "weird" cookbooks. Books that are pretty obscure or very limited in audience appeal. Doesn't mean they are your worst. But it does mean they are weird.
Here are my top two nominations from my cookbook collection:
"Bill Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices" by George Leonard Herter and Berthe E. Herter.
"A General's Diary of Treasured Recipes" by Brigadier General Frank Dorn.
I've never done this before, but let's see if I can link to an old thread. My coolest old cookbook is "Aunt Chick's Pies" from 1949. I'm sure it belonged to my grandmother and then my mother after her. I wrote a rather extensive listing of recipes here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8802...
George Leonard Herter was an eccentric dude from Waseca MN. He also wrote a book called "How to Live With a Bitch and Avoid Killing Her". His company, Herters Inc., was a supplier of outdoorsman equipment, and Sam F. and I used to enjoy the massive catalogs. We learned from George how to skin a squirrel in 60 seconds.
Most of those 'neighborhood' cookbooks, similar to church/JR League-especially if you live In a small neighborhood, & you're wondering why they did/didn't ask you for a recipe...