Sunday, October 01, 2017

Dreaming of France - Cooking in France

Thank you for joining this weekly meme. Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

I haven't cooked very much in France because I enjoy visiting restaurants while we travel, but once we live there, that will have to change.
Like many people my age and older, I have amassed a number of cookbooks but I can't imagine moving them to France. 
My friend Sheila pointed out that I probably rely on recipes on the web more than cookbooks anymore. And she's right, but there are some favorite recipes that I want to take along. 
That's why I came up with my solution of taking pictures of recipes and bringing them along in my computer. 
Last week, I started the process. 

This recipe has seen a lot of use. It's in a cookie cookbook that belonged to Earl's sister. 
My Southern Living cookbook is also well loved. 

The muffin recipe is hardly legible anymore, and it isn't even my favorite muffin recipe any more.

This apple cider and soy sauce turkey breast is surprisingly tasty. 
Even as I choose which recipes to capture, I'm wondering what I'll do with the cookbooks once I'm finished. I just can't picture throwing them out even though I'll have all the information I need.
I can't really expect one of my kids to take on these mottled cookbooks, can I?
It's another dilemma I didn't expect to face as we prepare for our move to France.

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Sim Carter said...

I don't have time to really read this tonight, I'll be back tomorrow but I LOVE your cookbooks, splattered with batter. That's what happens to cookbooks with our favorite recipes isn't it?
Here's my Dreaming of France post

Anonymous said...

I have a bunch of cookbooks like this, where you can easily find the favorite recipes because those pages are warped and coated with remains of the past.
You're smart to take along your recipes, in whatever form. Your new French friends will enjoy eating American specialties (and it's best not to compete with the locals on French dishes). And even though you'll be living your dream, there will be days when you're homesick, missing family and friends, and a taste from home can be very comforting.

Our French Oasis said...

Your favourite recipes in the book look just like mine, with marks all over them, often mine will also have comments and additional weights/amounts written in, certainly with cookies, as with a large family I always end up making a jumbo batch!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi Psulita , I think what you are doing is a great idea. (taking photos of your favourite ones) I personally would keep a couple of special books , (I had to get rid of all my books (kept my special ones :-) ) when I sold my house. Maybe , just maybe your children will want one or two , or see if any of your friends want them , IF not , do you have something like a charity shop that people would buy them. btw I am older than you and I did not amass a lot of Cookery books :-) ♥

Paulita said...

Sim, Thanks for playing along. I can always count on you.
Francetaste, Good suggestions from someone who has been there!
Our French Oasis, Yes, I have those too. My muffin recipe calls for so many tablespoons of sugar, but when I doubled the recipe, I thought it was ridiculous to dole out 12 Tablespoons of sugar so I had to figure out how many 1/4 cups that was!
Anne, Yes, we have charity shops, but I wonder if these are too well-used even for charity shops. Most all of my favorite recipes are baking. Hope I don't give up baking once we're in France where the pastries are so delicious.
Thanks to everyone for commenting.

Jeanie said...

Good idea on photographing the recipes. Books are heavy! But it would be hard to leave my cookbook collection behind. There's something about those slightly-spattered pages, the books that open right up to the correct page because it's been used so much, that would be tough. Still, look at all the French cooking you'll absorb!

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