The Fanny Farmer Cookbook has been around for a long, long time I was given a paperback copy by my mother in 1972 and its tattered cover barely holds the contents of this excellent cookery manual My mother s favourite cookbook, a thick hardcover, the source of waffle batter, baking powder biscuits and the best dumplings for a beef stew, I remember learning how to use our cast iron waffle maker in the 1960 s with Fanny Farmer s directions THAT cookbook was left with my father after my mother s death in 1980, after I hastily gathered vintage memories of my mom, the other cooking bibles of a life, so that her Pineapple Upsidedown Cake and Shortbread cookies would belong to my own family as part of their history too The deal was, I told my father, don t under any circumstances throw that FANNY FARMER COOKBOOK out Ok I want it It is Mom s In 2015 my 89 year old father had downsized The woman he had lived with for twenty years was now in care near her own sons in another town three hundred miles away He was surrounded by tschokes from his travels and own taste, unfamiliar to me He d had a fall, fainting because of anaemia and knocked himself out and was checked into the hospital for a few days, and I flew in at an unaffordable expense to see him Demure in the hospital, grateful for the attention and even gentle, I relaxed with this old and frail man On our last day there, he was back home, shuffling cantankerously and cursing the physiotherapist who insisted that he get a walker with wheels and a brake He was calling into question my political beliefs, scorning my lack of bigotry as a sign of ignorance, discounting my ongoing didactic pursuits with his assured superiority He was well again Sidestepping, I asked about my mother s cookbook I asked you to keep The Fanny Farmer Cookbook for me He snorted I threw it out I didn t remember THAT It was out of date, I wasn t using it, it wasn t any good to ME I don t have that one, published in the 1960s, with it s fine paper and sturdy cover I keep my own When I hold my tattered paperback, it holds a lifetime of Cookbook stories scenes lived by women in a time before microwaves and easy mixes held the ingredients of lives, and I remember my mom. What a fabulous reference cookbook This would be a great gift for a new home. The Fannie Farmer cookbook by Marion CunninhgamAlways trying to improve on our healthy eating habits so thought I d listen to this book on tape about the Fannie Farmer cookbook.So much information about measuring and how different ingredients react to liquid, heat, etc Also entertaining ideas and even beverages are discussed.More than 30 hours to listen to the whole book So much information, treasured the vegetable section and how to cook them differently.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD Braille Audio Reading Device. I received this cookbook as a wedding gift in 1979 The marriage didn t last, but the cookbook has remained my closest kitchen ally Recipes are altered with every publication, and so although the cover has fallen from it and the binding is failing, I put a big rubber band around it when not in use I have a lot of cookbooks, but this is the one I reach for still. Fanny is a good staple, especially for someone rather new to the kitchen not too new, you have to at least know the basics as there are no pictures and few drawings If you only owned one cookbook, this would be a decent choice as it contains all the major categories However, if you love food and you love to cook, you will outgrow Fanny.Drawback My edition doesn t have any nutritional information, which dates any cookbook. This is my 1 standby cookbook I refer to it for almost everything, for various ways to prepare literally any vegetable I can think of, to baking cakes, cobblers and many old fashioned delights that I have never heard of It is comprehensive enough that I cross reference all recipes against it My great grandmother used this book, and she was an amazing cook, so I trust it for pretty much all basic recipes I must note, if you are vegetarian leaning, it is worth it to pick up the latest edition as over the years many recipes have been added that do not require meat But if you are vegan, you will need to make the substitutions on your own as many recipes have dairy I cook vegan a lot though and have had no problem making subs with the recipes herein. Marion Cunningham writes cookbooks the way I would informative, but dull all head and no heart.The recipes are reliable and simple, but uninspiring and unspectacular.I d say skip this one, and get How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman For some historical perspective and to see why Fannie Farmer herself was so important to cookbook authors everywhere, you should also have a look at 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook. Here is the great basic American cookbook withthan 1,990 recipes, plain and fancy that belongs in every household.Originally published in 1896 as The Boston Cooking School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer, it became the coobook that taught generations of Americans how to cook Completely updating it for the first time since 1979, Marion Cunningham made Fannie Farmer once again a household word for a new generation of cooks.What makes this basic cookbook so distinctive is that Marion Cunningham, who is the personification of the nineteenth century teacher, is always at your side with her forthright tips and comments, encouraging the beginning cook and inspiring theadventurous She knows what today s cooks are looking for, and she has a way of instilling confidence and joy in the act of cooking.In giving the book new life, Mrs Cunningham has been careful always to preserve the best of the old She has retained all the particularly good, tried and true recipes from preceding editions, retesting and rewriting when necessary She has rediscovered lost treasures, including delicious recipes that were eliminated when practically no one baked bread at home This is now the place to find the finest possible recipes for Pumpkin Soup, Boston Baked Beans, Carpetbag Steak, Roast Stuffed Turkey, Anadama Bread, Indian Pudding, Apple Pie, and all of the other traditional favorites.The new recipes reflect ethnic influences Mediterranean, Moroccan, Asian that have been adding their flavors to American cooking in recent years Tucked in among all your favorites like Old Fashioned Beef Stew, New England Clam Chowder, Ham Timbales, and Chicken Jambalaya, you ll find her cool Cucumber Sushi, Enchiladas with Chicken and Green Sauce, or a layered dish of Polenta and Fish to add variety to your repertoire Always a champion of old fashioned breakfasts and delectable desserts, Mrs Cunningham has many splendid new offerings to tempt you.Throughout, cooking terms and procedures are explained, essential ingredients are spelled out, basic equipment is assessed Mrs Cunningham even tells you how to make a good cup of coffee and how to brew tea properly.For the diet conscious, there is an expanded nutritional chart that includes a breakdown of cholesterol and fat in common ingredients as well as in Fannie Farmer basic recipes Where the taste of a dish would not be altered, Mrs Cunningham has reduced the amount of cream and butter in some of the recipes from the preceding edition She carefully evaluates the issues of food safety today and alerts us to potential hazards.But the emphasis here is always on good flavor, fresh ingredients, and lots of variety in one s daily fare, which Marion Cunningham believes is the secret to a healthy diet Dedicated to the home cooks of America, young and old, this thirteenth edition of the book that won the hearts of Americansthan a century ago invites us all as did the original Fannie Farmer to cherish the delights of the family table. I read my mom s 1960 copy of Fannie Farmer over Xmas break from front to back as if it were a novel All the really neat parts of that edition are missing from the newer editions Bummer I would have liked to see a trend of old fashioned coffee made with eggshells and yolk or cookies made with chicken fat. This is really a hands down best go to guide for cooking really anything you can think of It gives the basics as well as complex recipes I find myself reaching for this again and again It would make a wonderful gift for a newly married couple or any person starting out in the kitchen.