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Best cookbook for RV needs?


We are in supply mode for our Full time adventures and I'm realizing my favorite old cookbooks may be no help. I am also leary of counting on my Pinterest boards for all of my Instant Pot and other Recipes I have been gathering As I can't count on always having wifi. 

I have always loved my Farm Journal Country Cookbook most of all but just went looking through it and realized it will likely be a waste of space 😕  

Does anybody have a favorite cookbook that they consider invaluable In your RV?



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My wife hit the road with a whole file box of recipes. She condensed that to a loose-leaf notebook a few months later and has been thinning out ever since. What she has ended up with is a bunch of Word documents on her PC with recipes from various sources. (I would guess many hundreds arranged in folders by types/cuisines.) We have a Verizon hot-spot and have never been more than a day or two without wi-fi in the past 20 months. Still, with the Word documents saved to her laptop, she always has them to refer to. While her mom's family is Italian, she was born and raised in south and central America while I'm originally from New Mexico. You'll find things from almost every part of the world mixed in with favorites from both of our families in her "library." She also "invents" a lot of stuff (she's a world class cook...).

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We purchased a few of our hard-copy cookbooks in electronic form (i.e., for our Kindle and Kindle Apps), as well as scanned or typed in recipes into an electronic recipe system (Living Cookbook). But we find that we typically just look up recipes online; it is easiest to search for new recipes or find a recipe that contains specific ingredients. Our first approach (i.e., Kindle based cookbooks and/or electronic recipe system) would work best if we wanted to regularly make the same things, but I do find the electronic recipe system helpful to capture new recipes that we might make again in the future.



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You could always search for a used copy of the RV-Dream cookbook, http://www.rv-dreams.com/rv-cookbook.html



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I have a Betty Crocker cookbook in the coach - not sure why because I never use it. For 'new' recipes, I use the Kidney Smart website and look under their receipes since Dave has moderate kidney impairment as well as diabetes, his diet is really just variations on kale and cardboard. biggrin   But once I've cooked something 2 or 3 times, I don't need the cookbook and can just wing it. There are lots of apps out there, take a look and see if you can find one you like.

Barb



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Barbaraok wrote:

his diet is really just variations on kale and cardboard. biggrin   



-- Edited by Barbaraok on Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 10:00:09 AM


 Kale and cardboard.....🤣

I'll probably bring Betty along to. Just in case, of what...not sure. Kindle is a great suggestion. And the electronic files gave me an idea to snap pics of my favorite recipes from books and put them on my laptop. I'm probably over thinking it, since 99% of the time I wing it figuratively! And literally, as long as I can do wings in the air fryer, hubby will be happy 😊 even if it's every day! 



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I didn't get certified as a chef until I was in my mid 50's, so I was pretty set in my ways when I began going to culinary school. I am an avid vintage cookbook collector and was previously always proud of how I could recreate almost any dish by faithfully following a recipe in a cookbook. When I really learned to cook all of that changed. Do I still appreciate a good cookbook recipe? Sure. Do I still follow cookbook recipes when I'm cooking? Not so much.

What I find as I cut back and scale down to prepare for our great rv life's journey, is that cookbooks (as I learned in culinary school) are mostly just good reading for foodies and if you know how to really cook you don't need one. Be adventurous. You know what ingredients go well together and you know what you like. You've got more time now since you don't have to care for your s&b anymore. So go for it! Be creative! 

And there's always the internet for a good recipe for those that still need to follow one and are stuck on the question. "What's for dinner?"

 

 



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Call me crazy, but my favorite cookbook is from Prejeans Cajun Restaurant in Lafayette, La. I don't think any cookbook can offer any more "RV-friendly." It depends on what you want to eat. I love many kinds of food - Mexican, barbecue (not burgers n dogs, barbecue). Indian, Thai, Italian, Greek, Afghani, American breakfasts (mama's cream gravy and chicken-fried steak...), almost anything. But that Prejeans cookbook, you can gain 1000 pounds if you eat that stuff every day.



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On the rare occasions I need a cookbook…the internet is usually the best one. If it's something I haven't cooked before I'll google it and see more or less what goes in it…but since I never actually measure when I cook a specific recipe isn't all that required.

Actually…I do measure I guess…only it's just by eye. After looking at the recipe for what goes in it…even for baking where people say you have to measure everything…I just do it by eye. After 50+ years of cooking my eyes know how much a tablespoon or half a cup is.

For recipes that we happen across on random internet surfing…if they look like something we want to try we just email it to me with a specific starting part in the subject line…then I have an email rule that filters it into a Recipes mailbox for looking at later.

 



-- Edited by Neil and Connie on Tuesday 13th of February 2018 03:43:58 PM

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Neil and Connie wrote:

For recipes that we happen across on random internet surfing…if they look like something we want to try we just email it to me with a specific starting part in the subject line…then I have an email rule that filters it into a Recipes mailbox for looking at later.

 



-- Edited by Neil and Connie on Tuesday 13th of February 2018 03:43:58 PM


 I like your recipe email process ... I am going to try to remember that when I come across recipes.



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We have some old cookbooks but most of the time we use the internet to find new recipes.

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