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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

My new bible

If you would have told me that a day would come when I would be the proud owner of The Joy of Cooking, I would have thought nothing of it. I would have figured that it would sit, unused, alongside my other cookbooks.

If, however, you would have told me that a day would come when I would refer to The Joy of Cooking on an almost-daily basis, I would have had you committed.

Seriously.

Besides the sheer heft of this culinary tome, I had always found the title completely off-putting.
The Joy of Cooking? Joy? Really?

But in my new role, as The Reluctant Balebusta, I have begun to uncover an interest that either (a) is completely new or (b) was extremely well-hidden. For years. Like forty of them. Approaching this new interest in the same manner I approach everything, there’s going to be books involved. Which is how this ubiquitous volume has become my new bible.

Would you believe that I made pancakes from scratch today??

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, 24 January 2012 5:41 pm

    I am impressed! EnJOY!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 25 January 2012 7:57 pm

      Thanks. Still can’t get over the fact that I read this daily…making notes…checking for cross-references…

  2. rabbiisa permalink
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012 5:52 pm

    Joy of Cooking is my favorite source for figuring out how to do things in the kitchen that I don’t know how to do (like how to blanch peanuts)!! Or how to cook things I don’t know temperature/time for, even if I’m not using a recipe (like salmon).

    I also refer to it more often than I ever imagined I would.

    Welcome to the world of kind of loving to cook.

    And yay for homemade pancakes!!!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 25 January 2012 7:58 pm

      It really is very comprehensive.

      Blanch peanuts??

  3. Crys permalink
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012 6:03 pm

    I feel the same way! The 20 something me laughed at the thought! Now I love cookbooks, finding great recipes and cooking.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 25 January 2012 7:58 pm

      My 30 something self was still laughing 😉

  4. Tuesday, 24 January 2012 6:53 pm

    Yum! I’ll be by in the morning for breakfast then! 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 25 January 2012 7:59 pm

      Can’t wait!!

  5. Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:27 pm

    Would you believe that I made pancakes from scratch today??

    Do you want an honest answer. 😉

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 25 January 2012 8:00 pm

      Yes. Yes, I do.

  6. Wednesday, 25 January 2012 2:43 am

    Welcome to the world of happy cooks!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 25 January 2012 8:01 pm

      Merci

  7. Wednesday, 25 January 2012 12:51 pm

    We are truly kindred spirits. I was flipping through Good Housekeeping yesterday when it hit me–How did I become this person who reads Good Housekeeping? And tears out recipes and decorating ideas? Aren’t I 16???? Seriously, I’m writing a blog post about this and linking back to you!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 25 January 2012 8:02 pm

      I have a Good Housekeeping story that I’ve been meaning to put onto paper. Thanks for the reminder.

      And I have no idea how I went from being a “Cosmo” girl to a “Good Housekeeping” wife…

      Looking forward to reading your post.

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