Americans, more than any other culture, are cookbook cooks; we learn to make our meals not from any oral tradition, but from text. The just-wed cook brings to the new household no carefully copied collection of the family’s cherished recipes, but a spanking new edition of Fannie Farmer or The Joy of Cooking. – John Thorne
Whenever I get married, I start buying Gourmet magazine. – Nora Ephron
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Interesting. I’ve recently been looking at a lot of vintage 70s and 80s cookbooks and noting how incredibly rudimentary some of the recipes are (on the level of, really, you need a book to tell you that?). It strikes me that food got really stupid for a while before some TV chefs got people thinking again…
On the other hand, at least in the Jewish households I’m most familiar with, handwritten family recipes have been just as valued as professional recipes, and are frequently hotly debated (no, my aunt has the best brisket! etc etc). Collections of family recipes printed and bound for Temple Sisterhoods are always top sellers.
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