The Good Home Cookbook (Collectors Press, Fall 2006) is a landmark cookbook that compiles tried and true American favorite recipes. Key to the book's success is the more than 1,000 people currently participating in the first ever national public recipe testing campaign.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

About The Good Home Cookbook

The Good Home Cookbook was inspired by the tattered, hand-written recipe books —grandma’s notes if you will, long lost only to reemerge at an estate sale, antique shop, or online auction. It is these traditional, tried and true family recipes that I wanted to make accessible to the public.

Identifying the classic recipes has involved a lot of information gathering. Our huge collection of vintage cookbooks, recipe encyclopedias, food pamphlets, and thousands of advertisements serve as our main resource. We also, of course, call upon people just like you.

Along the way I have been asked “Who is putting together The Good Home Cookbook and where do the recipes come from?” Well, I’m Richard Perry, and have two totally different backgrounds: one as an antiques dealer; the other a classically trained chef. This combination has led me to collect food-related memorabilia from the 1940s through the 1970s. I just love nostalgia and food! My collecting passions led me to found Collectors Press in Portland, Oregon, in 1992.

The Good Home Cookbook team consists of Andrea Chesman (author and co-author of many cookbooks including The Garden Fresh Vegetable Cookbook, The Great American Dessert Cookbook, and Mom’s Best One-Dish Suppers.), who takes our recipes and transforms then into a user-friendly style. Andrea also researches “heavy hitter” recipes (as we refer to them) — those not to be overlooked classics. Once the recipes are agreed upon, the recipes are sent out for testing. After I have made any necessary recipe tester changes (timing, available ingredients, etc.) they are sent to H. Abigail Bok, (professional cookbook editor for Bon Appetit Magazine, among others), who proofreads the recipes.

Other key players on The Good Home Cookbook team include Laura Bartroff, who launched the national recipe testing campaign; Jennifer Weaver-Neist, who helped shape the book’s outline; Lindsay Brown, who manages the recipe tester feedback forms; and our circle of chefs and friends whose valuable feedback continues to shape and ensure we stay true to our mission.

It’s been such a wonderful experience so far – and I look forward to keeping in touch!


Anonymous food said...

Hi Richard Perry
I never realised that so many different types of blog would show up if I did a search on something like kitchen utensils. I'm still not sure how well About The Good Home Cookbook fits into that category, but I've enjoyed visiting :0) Adios Amigo.

10:39 PM

Anonymous home cooking said...

I think I've found a search engine with a sense of humor - I was actually looking for articles on publishing cookbooks, and here I am on a site called About The Good Home Cookbook. There's probably an electronic explanation for this and I have enjoyed the experience, so no harm done. Have a nice day Richard Perry - if that's your real name :0)

10:46 PM

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