Favorite Cookbooks, Part 2

Favorite Cookbooks, Part 2

Yesterday I showed you some of the first cookbooks I used.  One of them was the Fannie Farmer Cookbook.  That is STILL my go-to cookbook, even after all these years!  Mama has–and still uses–the 1965 edition.  I bought a copy before I got married, and then later I upgraded to the 1996 edition.


Even if you have never cooked in your whole life, you could pick up this book and cook successfully.  The directions for the recipes are clearly explained, and the recipes run the gamut from scrambled eggs to sugar cookies to broiled lobster, and everything in between!

I go to my Fannie Farmer Cookbook when I need really solid, helpful information about food/cooking and when I need recipes for normal, everyday food.  Some of my favorite recipes are Chicken Tetrazzini, Cornbread, and Old-Fashioned Beef Stew.

Bonus Information:  Fannie Merrit Farmer, known as the mother of level measurements, first published her cookbook in 1896 as The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook.

For more trendy recipes–and olden goldies too–I go to Southern Living magazine.  My goodness, can these people cook!  This is the only magazine I subscribe to right now, and I look forward to getting it every month.  I grab a glass of tea and snuggle onto the sofa for a nice, long read!


I shared my most favorite Southern Living recipe with you here.  I’m having a blast with their fall baking recipes, and I just got the November issue which is chock full of Thanksgiving recipes!  The Thanksgiving recipes aren’t on their website yet, so get thee to the supermarket and buy a print copy of this issue, pronto!

Bonus Information:  Rick Bragg’s article, the last thing in every issue, is just the BEST!  It’s funny and heartwarming and just a really satisfying read.  I make myself wait and save it for last!

What are YOUR favorite cookbooks or sources for recipes?  Please share in the comments below!  I love follow-up conversations after a blog post!

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4 thoughts on “Favorite Cookbooks, Part 2

  1. I was named for my mother’s high school home ec teacher. (My middle name.) When I graduated from high school Mother wanted me to send her a graduation announcement. She wrote me a very sweet note telling me that several babies had been named after her, but I was the first! And she sent me a brand-new (1983) copy of The Fanny Farmer Cookbook. I still have it, but by now it’s well worn. You’re right. It’s the go-to manual for basic cooking methods.

    I love Rick Bragg’s writing! I hadn’t realized he was a columnist for Southern Living. Shows how long it’s been since I’ve read that magazine.

    1. Karla, you really do have the BEST stories! The Fannie Farmer Cookbook is a great gift for graduation or a wedding. I’ve given it before and wrote in a few notes on certain recipes.

      I just recently found out that Rick Bragg writes anything other than the column for Southern Living! LOL! I need to scope out his other stuff.

  2. I am only vaguely aware of the FF cookbook. My mom had the Betty Crocker CB when I was growing up. I learned to bake out of that book. (Mom wasn’t much of a baker.) I was thrilled to receive one as a wedding gift and the Better Homes and Gardens one! I still use both and will often compare a recipe in both books.

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