Susie's heirloom

raw foodI'm particularly excited about our guest contributor this month.  Karen Solomon's whimsically titled books Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It and Jam it, Pickle It, Cure It explore the world of DIY cooking.  They'll be my guides this summer if my garden yields the extra required for putting-up (a first, but it's looking rosy).

But Solomon's piece isn't about that. It's about the cookbook she prizes most, an heirloom from her mother.  I have one like that from my mom, too.  It's The Joyce Chen Cookbook, broken straight down the spine and well-yellowed with age.  But I don't remember her using it much, and she passed away before she could ever teach me to cook.  (My own children, at least, will have many dog-eared treasures to choose from.)  I value it for even that tenuous connection, and envy Solomon her keepsake. 

What cookbook is your most prized bequest?  And which ones will go to your children, with stains, yellowed pages, and all your love? 

Read Karen Soloman's story


  • Jennifer  on  8/9/2011 at 4:39 PM

    I have a wonderful old spiral bound book that holds recipe cards which was my grandmother's. She died before I was born, so now that I'm raising children of my own, I adore thumbing through the very pages she touched when cooking for her own children/my father. And, this past year, I also made a contribution to the family-heirloom tradition that I hope sticks around's in the second half of this blog post: Love the site! Thank you for helping me use my favorite books in the house! :)

  • Deb  on  8/11/2011 at 12:22 PM

    my favorite heirloom cookbook is a WATKINS, one I scribbled in with crayon while watching my grandmother cook.

  • susan g  on  8/12/2011 at 4:08 PM

    For the content and the sentiment, a gift from my father to my mother, "Love and Knishes" by Sara Kasden

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