|My first cookbook|
I share with you my very first cookbook. I still have this 1957 edition of Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls that I must've received on some birthday in the early 60's. My favorite recipe was the Whiz Cinnamon Rolls ("sweet and spicy and so pretty") and I made them every chance I got. Thus began my love of cinnamon rolls and the joy of cooking as a young child.
I have an odd memory about those cinnamon rolls. One Saturday, we went over to my dad's parents' house for breakfast. There must have been a special reason, because Saturday was not a day that we ever went over there, and never for breakfast. Sensing it was a special day, I got up extra early to make my cinnamon rolls to take along. I distinctly remember my dad apologizing for the cinnamon rolls, and I remember my grandmother being totally delighted with them!
This is a small picture of a great big generational change that happened during those years. For my parents' generation, there were wonderful new choices of new, packaged, ready-made things -- like cinnamon rolls -- that were more uniform and predictable and certainly easier than my modest home-baked offering. For my grandparents' generation, nothing was pre-packaged, not even the Bisquick that was the main ingredient of my "from scratch" cinnamon rolls.