There’s a game called Desert Island. The basic set of rules state: “You’re stranded on a desert island. You can only have three (or one or two) books with you. What are they?”

The rules can vary and one of the variations I’m doing is Top Three Books. I chose to do a themed version of it and choose my top three cookbooks

My First Baking Book

My First Baking Book (1)

Author: Helen Drew

Copyright date: 1991

Amazon Link:

Why: Purely sentimental reasons for bringing this book along. I did a whole post on this book. You read it here [insert link]. I fondly remember reading through this cookbook multiple times, childish fantasies filling my head about making the cookies within. To date, the only recipe I’ve actually make from this book is peanut butter cookie recipe. (My dad’s favorite!)

TM 10-412 War Department Technical Manual: Army Recipes, August 1946


Author: War Department

Copyright date: August 1946; post-WWII, and one year before the War Department became the Department of Defense; possibly the last version of this book.

Why: I’m fascinated by the quantities: Apple Crisp for 100 (40 lbs. fresh apples; 1 oz. nutmeg; 3 lbs. sugar, granulated; 7 ½ lbs. sugar, brown; 4 lbs. of flour; 4 lbs. butter).

I’m also fascinated by the hardware use: Mess Kit Spoons, No. 56 dippers, and No. 10 can. I wonder what the equivalent sizes are. I’ve been researching by haven’t found much. This book is very interesting to look through. It gives you an idea of what the food options were for soldiers during World War II. If this book could be converted to modern measurements, it could really work for a caterer. And my husband made a good point: if I was stranded on a desert island, there may be recipes in here for the tropical fruits I would find.

More information from the Library of Congress:

The Taste of Home Cookbook: Timeless Recipes from Trusted Home Cooks: from the World’s #1 Cooking Magazine


Editors: Taste of Home editors

Copyright date: 2006

Amazon link:

Why: This is a wonderful beginner’s cookbook! It would make a great gift for newlyweds or anyone who is interested in learning how to cook and bake. It has substitution charts and equivalent charts on the inner front and back covers, Kitchen Basics chapter, and each chapter, especially the meat ones, contain cooking charts and helpful hints. Lots of variety in the recipes! This would also be a good book to study.

© Cori Large Feb 12, 2016


28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Candy
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 09:40:47

    A person can never have to many cookbooks.


  2. Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 10:03:12

    The army recipes book sounds like it would be interesting to look through.


  3. Carol Cassara
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 10:27:08

    These cookbooks are all new to me. I’m glad to learn of them. And of course, since I lived near Polk, always interesting to read your posts!


  4. Angela Tolsma
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 11:18:58

    Apple Crisp for 100! Wow that’s a big apple crisp and a lot of peeling!


  5. Dia All The Things I Do
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 13:52:41

    Hahah that is awesome that you did a cooking twist on this. I want to see the army one, I’m sure this has some good ones.


    • caendicott
      Apr 14, 2016 @ 18:36:39

      You’re the second reader to express interest in the Army cookbook. I will plan on post on this cookbook!


  6. lauren | talk of the trains blog
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 16:37:33

    That baking cookbook looks super cute!


  7. chloe | boxwood avenue
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 17:40:59

    My favorite cookbook is Gweneth Paltrow’s – it is full of delicious healthy options! You’ve listed some great ones too!


  8. Jill @ RunEatSnap
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 20:22:23

    If you’re stranded on a desert island, I’m not sure you would need a cookbook as most of the ingredients wouldn’t be available! LOL. But I rarely use cookbooks unless I got one with recipes that all have less than 5 ingredients, then I might use it!


  9. Bree Hogan
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 00:19:29

    Hmm, if I were stranded on a desert island my top 3 books would be something on surviving on a desert island (not that I know what this would be, but I know I’d want one!), something on plants (eating and medicinal) and something junky like a rom-com to help take my mind off the fact that I’m stranded on a desert island!


  10. Amber Starr
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 09:07:51

    The first baking book looks like it would be so fun to do with your kids!


    • caendicott
      Apr 14, 2016 @ 18:42:10

      It is! The peanut butter cookie recipe was the one my mom and I used for years, because my dad’s favorite cookie is peanut butter.


  11. Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 09:31:09

    Great books! I’ll have to try!


  12. Jennifer Corter
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 11:03:53

    The my first baking book would be great for me and my little one!


  13. Liz Mays
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 07:48:33

    I have that baking book from DK too, but forgot all about it until you just mentioned it! I need to pull mine out as well.


  14. Victoria Stacey
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 09:25:32

    The Army Recipes sounds so interesting!

    What are you fav recipes from them? (other than the first one with the peanut butter cookies hehe)!


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