Cookbook Keepers: Page 22

Cookbook buys seldom travel. Two fates await a cookbook.
It reposes on a collector's shelf, or, it becomes part of an estate and handed down to next-of-kin.

Dave Liske
Luna Pier Cook
Project: Defining Michigan Cuisine

Tech Writer/videographer
Luna Pier, MI

Teaser: This gent is a literate food blogger writing about familiar subjects. What a concept?

Sad post herein...the Luna Pier Cook again missed the annual muskrat near his home...

Here's a classic cookbook keeper's response:
"I only have a little more than a couple hundred cookbooks. Probably 15 or so are Michigan specific. A few are from the 1940s, such as the "Ladies Home Companion" cookbook. My mom had three copies and gave them to us kids. I also have a hard cover copy of Margaret Rudkin's Pepperidge Farm cookbook. I paid five whole dollars for that one. Others on my shelves: Amy Vanderbilt's "Complete Cookbook" from 1961; "The Seven Centuries Cookbook" covering 700 years of recipes from the UK, and a few others that might be somewhat unique to some people."

Dave Liske owns Frog Leg Productions. He provides audio and video services, web design and consults on software development. That's his tech life. Over his adult years he has used his cookery skills at the highest levels in commercial kitchens, yet insists that he is "just a cook." Regardless, Cook Liske lives a life centered around a food culture of his own design.

When asked about his oldest cookbook:
What's the oldest cookbook I own? I have a copy of the "Pictorial Review Standard Cookbook from 1931. Pictorial Review was apparently a monthly magazine, as this is, 1,000 recipes from their pages including "Porto (not Puerto) Rican Pot Roast, Hamburg Cakes (today we put them between buns and add cheese and condiments), Jellied Chicken made with gelatin, all this with instructions for chopping ice for maintaining a freezer. The last chapter is some of their information on sewing and how to use a line of patterns they offered.

A Liske favorite:
Anthony Bourdain's
Les Halles Cookbook

Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of
Classic Bistro Cooking

by Anthony Bourdain with Jose deMeirelles and Philippe Lajaunie
Bloomsbury USA
c 2004

A Liske runnerup from his oldies:
Woman's Home Companion
Cook Book (1955)

by Dorothy Kirk (Editor)
P. F. Collier & Son Corp.
c 1955

As a magazine WHC magazine first published in 1873. Editors of the magazine put together their first cook book (two words in those days) in 1942. It became a standard for thousands of American kitchens. Today it is a collector's prize. There were more than 2,000 recipes in the 987 pages...2.7 pounds of a Keeper.

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