You Never Have Your Last One

Years ago, I worked at a Public Relations firm up in San Francisco, CA, where we had mostly food clients.  Because most of our clients were selling food products, we actually had out own test kitchen on the premises.  Being the kitchen manager for that kitchen was my dream job, only it never happened.  I learned a lot from the person who was the kitchen manager though.  One of my most memorable things I learned from her was that you can never have too many cookbooks, although my husband would seriously disagree with that statement.  At the time, she had over 3000 cookbooks, and her collection was always growing.  She is the one who told me “you never have your last one”, and I took it to heart.  I don’t have near as many cookbooks as she did, but I do have quite a few.  My collection is only at slightly over 600, so I guess by her standards, that means I have some catching up to do.  I have wide variety of cookbooks.  I have all different kinds of ethnic books; books on baking; specific books for just breads or soups, and many, many more.  My favorite ones are the ones with detailed pictures.  I can figure out the ingredients on my own, but I like to see how the finished product is supposed to look so I can use it as a guide.  Even though there are some really great recipes on line, and now even some of mine are on line, there is nothing better than a new book in my hands.   I am very proud of my wall of cookbooks, and even though my shelves runneth over, I am trying my best to live up to my kitchen manager’s words of wisdom, and hope to “never have my last one”.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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