Remember the days when cookbooks weren't so readily available, and you or your mother relied on only one or two different cookbooks for cooking all of your family's meals? I still have my mother's old cookbooks, as well as my grandmother's. Each one is worn from age and use--if you flip through the tattered pages it is obvious which recipes were turned to time and time again. These cookbooks will always number among my most precious treasures.
When our motherswanted to try new recipes, they most likely didn't run out and buy new cookbooks. They often didn't have the extra money to spend, and often there weren't very many to choose from. So where did they get new recipes? From each other.
My mother hasn't exchanged recipe cards with anyone in more than 20 years. I have very few of my own (although I hope to inherit hers someday!) but even to this day there is no better place to find favorite family recipes than in my mother's recipe box.
Twenty years from now, I look forward to going through my recipe box with my own daughter, telling her stories about where all of my different recipes came from. ~ by Rachel Paxton, the Creative Homemaking Recipe of the Week Club.
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