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1ejj1955
Dec 19, 2009, 12:03am

Hello, all, I just joined this group after seeing it mentioned on the combining groups page . . . was unaware of its existence until then. I have 91 cookbooks listed, not quite all I own. Mostly not historical, but there are a few and I'm quite interested in this topic as research for writing a historical novel.

Looking at one of the threads already started, I've gone off to put one of the books on my Amazon wish list . . . thanks, Buddy!

2Rowntree
Jan 7, 2010, 11:40am

Hello,

Saw the group mentioned elsewhere, and wandered over to investigate. I seem to have 107 books currently in my Cookery, baking & brewing collection, so that's a start...

3TLCrawford
Edited: Jan 14, 2010, 11:35am

Ditto with #2 about joining

I have 157 of my cookbooks listed; most of my booklets are not entered yet. I am an over aged history student at Miami University in Oxford Ohio and some of my cookbooks I have just for what I see as their historical value. I heard that Famous Recipes by Famous people had a recipe contributed by Sinclair Lewis. I had to hunt it down because I could not see him knowing a recipe. I was wrong. Mixed drinks have recipes.

The New Hostess of ToDay is possibly my oldest cookbook, it was published in 1913.

Practical Italian recipes for American kitchens was published to raise money for relief efforts in World War I Italy. It includes a glossary explaining exotic ingredients used in Italian cooking, such as garlic. I was surprised that Americans needed to have something like garlic explained to them in 1917.

Time and temperature oven cooking was published by a stove company when they first put automatic temperature controls on cook stoves, sometime in the 1920s.

I tag my history texts with the decades they cover, for example, 1920s. I tag my cookbooks the same way only according to when they were published. If I didn’t think it would sound too obsessive compulsive I would admit that all my music on iTunes is also organized that way.

edited for touchy touchstones

4ejj1955
Jan 7, 2010, 3:05pm

>3 TLCrawford: I think historians find date order especially interesting. There are always questions about whether X caused Y or affected Y or is just coincidentally before Y.

And it's useful to keep in mind that Elvis came before the Beatles, the Yardbirds before Led Zeppelin, etc.!

5TLCrawford
Jan 7, 2010, 4:15pm

Yes, Elvis took R&B and made R&R

Louis Jordan took Swing and made R&B

Fletcher Henderson took Jazz and made Swing

Louis Armstron took Jazz out of New Orleans Storyville District and turned it loose on the American music industry which Stephen Foster created.

The American music industry could only exist because Pope Gregory wanted to preserve some of his favorite chants for all of history and developed a method to write music down.

It is snowing I am bored. Can you tell?

6ejj1955
Edited: Jan 7, 2010, 7:01pm

That is one of the many reasons that LT is such a wonderful virtual place--a refuge and distraction from boredom.

ETA: I went to add your library to my "interesting libraries" and discovered I'd already done so!