My latest Cookbook!

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Sometimes I buy myself presents. I tell myself I deserve the occasional present because it’s hard to be THIS awesome, ALL the time. (I am clearly full of BS, but you knew that already.)
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So, as I mentioned before, B and I flew to DC to help celebrate our friends Nick and Siobhan getting hitched (and by “celebrate,” I mean we partook of their open bar in the most varsity manner, and ate our weight in wedding cake. We’re such gracious guests.) I decided to fly to DC a little early, since my cousin Amelia lives there and I never ever get to see her. Amelia had to go to work on Thursday (LAME) so I spent the whole day by myself, whizzing about on the Metro, drinking hipster coffee, taking pictures, and stalking used bookstores. (Don’t worry, I remembered my hipster scarf. I know some of you were worried.)
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After a delightful extra-foamy cappuccino at Tryst, I stopped next door at Idle Time Books. I’ve only recently started to like used bookstores, but now I can’t get enough of them. I’m always going in to used bookstores to see what kind of cookbooks they have. I like the regular books, too, but I really just want to see what they have in the cookbook section!
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This time I felt I was really lucky. I found a copy of the New York Times Cookbook, the 1961 edition. The binding is FABULOUS. I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was. I took a flip through the book, and the last sentence of the introduction reads:
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This book is a collection of nearly fifteen hundred selected recipes that appeared in the pages of The New York Times between 1950 and 1960.
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There are so many things that I love about old cookbooks like these. I like the idea that the recipes are a sort of time capsule, a representation of what was popular to cook at the time. I love the physical aspects of a used cookbook; the battered binding, the randomly folded pages throughout, the notes in the margin.
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And then, of all things, I found a bookmark in the middle… and not just any bookmark.
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A card with directions to a house on Old Gun road in Midlothian, VA. Old Gun Road is no more than 5 miles from my childhood home. Crazy, no?
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I was pwned. OF COURSE I had to buy the book. And it was only $12!
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It remains to be seen what I will cook from this book. I need to devote quite a few nights to browsing through it. But I can guarantee you it will NOT be this:
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Yeah… no.
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The Golden Dogs / Permanent Record
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7 thoughts on “My latest Cookbook!

  1. Fantastic! I bought an old copy of Harold McGee’s “On Food and Cooking” and found a letter inside FROM Harold McGee to the previous owner! I also bought a weirdly wonderful American cookbook (this in the wilds of Northumberland, England) containing the favourite dishes of all of the First Ladies of the USA up until Kennedy. Goodness knows how it ended up there but I did actually cook something – a kind of tomato pudding, much adored by Dwight D Eisenhower…. but not by me :-)

  2. Hey, don’t knock cow tongue till you’ve tried it! I happen to LOVE lengua tacos. It’s super tender, kind of like the best pot roast you’ve ever had, and has a very mild flavor that adapts well to different spices/ sauces.

    • word. me amo the lengua too. dood….see how i got all spanglish?? clearly i rule. but srsly, it’s really delish, if you can get past that on some strips you can see taste buds.

      and, yes, used bookstores are the best. remind me why we DIDN’T go to some whilst in Austin?? Oh yeah, we were in music mode.

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