I just looked; I have both versions of the BC cookbooks, AND all the others! A legacy from Mom, who loved cookbooks. Thanks for the reminder.1. Cooking, especially from scratch. Keep a sharp eye for good older cookbooks. My short list:
- 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook (I have the reprint in binder and lay open flat)
- early 1980s Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook (found mine for $5 in a thrift shop)
- 1962 edition Joy of Cooking (I paid $15 at a used book store for mine, in excellent condition and worth every penny!) - this is like a textbook on how to cook with many example recipes
- 1968/72 Betty Crocker Cookbook - apparently a "collector's item" and tends to be frustratingly expensive unless you can find one in a garage or estate sale. I am still looking for a copy for me, but a friend up the highway has one (absolutely no cover, torn pages, extemely dog-eared corners ... TRULY well loved)
2. Gardening. If you need to start out with container gardening, it is still a learning curve especially if you move to a different region.
4. Sewing/mending/knitting/crocheting ... textile fun. Otherwise known as "It's faster to learn how to make my own than to actually find good quality, durable clothing items!"
That is enough to keep you busy for a couple years.
Ok, here's one more: the Fanny Farmer Cookbook, originally published by the Boston School of Cooking in 1896. Hubby found me a nice leather-bound gilt-edged edition on the internet a few years ago.I just looked; I have both versions of the BC cookbooks, AND all the others! A legacy from Mom, who loved cookbooks.
Then you have plenty of time to learn a whole slew of skills! Find books, find informational websites, find teachers ... but most of all get as much hands-on experience you are able.I am 11