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I have just mailed off a little Vegetarian cookbook to my newly-wed ( one week ?) second daughter. True Californian that she is, she's becoming Vegetarian.

When I married in England, the cookbook I was given was, of course, Mrs Beeton's Cookery and Household Management.

In that 1344 page volume, which I still use, you get useful information about the duties of a Lady's Maid, the Butler, considered the "Master of the House" ( I thought that was the husband)..the Footman, the Parlourmaid and the Housemaid (poor thing).. and though my European mum actually grew up with this sort of staff, she NEVER spoke of it to us, in the simple life she chose in another country.

So reading this was new to me, and not particularly useful for the wife of a Grad student in America.

My American friends assured me that I'd only need one cookbook..."The Joy of Cooking" and I've used that a lot too. Then I fell in love with Julia Child's cooking revolution...

And life has funny twists.

In England my husband was a know, one of those bewigged guys. Then he came to America and changed careers.

In his corporate life my husband was involved with a lot of the Betty Crocker cookbooks.

Later he was responsible for all the Sunset Cookbooks, and had indirect contact with Southern Living becasue Sunset and Southern Living ended up in the same ownership.

So we have a LOT of cookbooks. Unfortunately I can NEVER follow a recipe..I'm a bit-of-this and bit-of-that sort of cook.

Wow...TMI. I send a vegetarian cookbook, and go back 45 years and ramble....

What cookbooks did you all start out with? I'm curious. Have your meals changed over the years?
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