Nostalgia: What Was the First Cookbook You Ever Bought?

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Do you remember? This is the very first cookbook that grabbed your attention and that you took off the shelf. It’s the one you bought with your own money and took home with the express intention making something delicious.

My first cookbook was called Recipes from the Night Kitchen by Sally Nirenberg. I pulled it off the shelf because I thought there was something romantic about the title and was surprised to discover that it was a cookbook entirely about soup. I was just starting to get into cooking at the time and I remember thinking, “Soup! I like soup! I can do soup!”

And so I did. The first recipe I made was “Chicken with Rosemary” and I remember it being a brothy soup full of tender bites of chicken, bits of soft vegetable, and plenty of chewy pasta. It was excellent, and the book went on to provide me with many other standby recipes like Spicy Black Bean Soup, Minestrone, and Artichoke with Lemon.

What memories do you have of your first cookbook?

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