The downloadable, free, cookbook from KEDCO STUDIOS can be moved onto a high density floppy after you receive it to save room on your hard drive. This is a 300 page cookbook file with a .ZIP Extention, but it is NOT a zipped file. Simply copy it to a floppy and rename it with the line, A: REN COOKBOOK.ZIP COOKBOOK.EXE. The book runs its complete chapter menu and bookmarks, etc, on its own from any PC by typing "COOKBOOK" then press enter. It's a complete, self running PC file for IBM compatibles. With a few Macintosh machines you might be able to read this file by opening your own ASCII word processor. In that case, just retrieve the file into your machine to convert it and read the cookbook in standard ASCII format. THIS IS NOT A ZIPPED FILE. NOTE: IF YOU HAVE A MAC. or AMIGA and the PC file won't run you can also download the cookbook in a bare-bones HTML file and use it with any browser you happen have off-line. Transfer it to a floppy to unzip it with PK-UNZIP or some other program. Then start your browser without going on-line. Use the file menu - Open - choose the drive with the cookbook.htm file from the box that opens - click on readbook.htm then choose OK to read the book. All of the cookbook chapers are linked to read as one book. If you print it remember there are over 300 pages so make sure you have plenty of paper and ink in your printer. THIS IS A ZIPPED FILE OF A LITTLE OVER 133K. Click on the lower software button to download the HTML COOKBOOK.. It will work on all computers. If you have a provider like AOL that connects before the browser opens you can get a free copy of the NETSCAPE browser from YAHOO & www.netscape.com or the free Microsoft internet explorer program at www.microsoft.com. Then you can read the book offline. NOTE: Be sure and go to the freepage for the "BETTY CROCKER" COOKBOOK. I got mine in less than two weeks by UPS. It's packaged like a real book with an instruction manual and two hi-density disks etc. You'll be glad you sent for it.
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The pages of this book are exact copies of the columns as I submitted to the newspapers for printing. Some of the columns as shown in this book might be longer than those printed by the newspapers because of the space allotted for my column. You, my friends, are getting more than the readers did over the years..
What - Why - Where did "Food For Thought" come from. The what is a food column published weekly in the newspapers. It's an old fashion type of column with recipes for all kinds of food to feed the body and the column always closes with an old time saying to give you a thought to think on. The why is mainly because I like to write, the necessity of giving people a food column, the fact that I like people and then being retired, I had a lot of time on my hands and through the years that time and my hands had always been busy.
It all began in September 1985 in a small town on California's central coast, Lompoc. Lompoc is situated in the valley of the flowers. My husband Art had been transferred, by Lockheed, to Vandenberg Air Force base on our return from his tour in Saudi Arabia. Since Vandenberg is just outside of Lompoc we took up residence there. What happened after that was just a matter of being at the right place at the right time and with the right person and with the right product.
To keep myself busy, I started to write about foods and recipes and then it turned into a type of column. I was very proud of my handy work and wanted to share it with others. I looked for a special outlet for my thoughts and the recipes that I had collected for over 50 years. The where was the right place and that was in the office of the Lompoc Record's editor. The right time was their need for a food columnist and the right person was a very special young man, Dan Bolton. I made an appointment, went in and introduced myself, displyed my cookbooks written in 1978 and 1982, gave him my sample columns, let him weigh my talent, my credentials and me. He hired me right then. The title for my column came later and that was the genius of the valley life editor, Penny Starr who would be the person that would see that the columns were put into the paper. Food For Thought was her creation and as she explained it--- The column was food for the body and food for the mind. The relationship, from that day on, became one of business, friendship, respect and love. The people of that small town newspaper grew to be a part of me, just like my own family. After 20 months, Lockheed moved us again and we settled in Montclair California and my husband worked in Ontario, California. Dan, being that special person he is, wrote to the editors of the Ontario Daily Report and the Pomona Progress Bulletin recommending me and the result was positive. Both newspapers hired me to write my column for them weekly and now I have many, many more readers and new friends. These columns have appeared in the newspaper/newspapers weekly since that day in September 1985 and I pray they continue for many years to come, god willing...
To give you some interesting reading and to share a memory or two, from the beautiful hills of West Virginia, I have included, on the next few pages, sayings, beliefs and remedies that I grew up with, lived by and believed in.
And you know what????? I still believe in
and live by some of them.
I guess it's true, when they say
"You can take the girl out of the hill country but you can't take the hill country out of the girl."
One of the most beautiful States in the whole United States is West Virginia, my birthplace. I was raised by a prim and proper Welsh mother and a serious but fun loving English father. My bringing up was a happy time. All of us, some time or other, have bad memories in our childhood, however, the good times and memories over shadow any bad ones left to remember in my growing up. Maybe that's why I grew up to be like I am.
With all my proper training I still had the rebellious fun traits of my father. He of course, encouraged me in some of the things I did. For instance, the Ohio River ran by our small town and it was a very inviting but dangerous swimming place. I was forbidden by my mother to go near that area where everyone I knew went swimming but my good old dad would let me go and then he watched out for my mom. If she started to question my where abouts he would send our dog, Guess, down to me at the river. When Guess arrived I would high tail it up the back alley, through the back gate and home. You know what--- I never got caught. Later when I told my mom what I used to do, she didn't believe me. There were so many things and times that I could go on forever and probably bore you all to death, but time moves on. I grew up a happy person.
A couple of marriages, 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren leaves me with a feeling of fulfillment. To add to my happiness, I have, throughout the world a great number of young people, who have been near and dear to me. They range from New Hampshire, to Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania to Iowa, Illinois, to Utah, Canada, France, Germany, Arabia, Egypt, to California and on back to Arizona. To most of them I am known as gramma Williams or gramma Ruby. I still hear from some of them by letter and by phone calls. To most of them I am remembered for my cookies. Can you imagine living a life and not be forgotten?
God has been good to me and somehow in my way I would like to give something back. I have raised my children to believe in god, truth, honesty and respect.
On pages in this book, I have written on my parents and my grandparents showing thier beliefs and thoughts. When you read their stories laugh at their sayings and sometimes ponder the depth of their thoughts and wisdom, you can understand why I am the person I am and why I bring you this book.
As you read these columns, you will note the old saying and some cliches at every end. Here are a few more that have been a part of my life and what I believe and what I feel. When you have finished reading them let me further say.....
I leave you everything I had in my lifetime: A good family, respect for learning, compassion for my fellowmen, and some four-letter words for all occasions---- words like - help, give, care, feel, and love.
I have never written to an author before, but now I am compelled to do so. I was visiting friends in Phoenix, Arizona and went with them to a Motorola Retiree lunch. I won a set of your cookbooks that were given as one of the door prizes. I can't believe the similarities in our lives. Your recipes, the sayings and your memories could have been mine. Before I left Phoenix I purchased 4 sets of your books for my daughter and three friends. They also repeat my feelings about your work. Would you please let us know when any others are published? We would all like to continue to add to our great collection.Mary Ciccarella, Forsythe, MO.
My friend Ruby has done it again. What a great idea to combine her cookbooks into a set. It's a must for any serious colletor. Recipes for cooking and living that come from the heart. The set makes a great gift, too. My daughters can attest to that...Delma Sled, Santa Clara, California
After reading and using your books "Food for Thought with Memories" I feel we have been friends always. I have books 1-2 and three. They were given to me as a gift from a dear old friend. I am 70 years old and when trying your recipes and reading your "Thoughts for the day" the memories of my childhood just poured in. I am from Kentucky and you can't imagine how much our lives and past have in common. Keep on writing. I am looking forward to more. I have bought 3 sets for my daughters. They have thanked me many times since they received them.
Thank you so much for writing the cookbooks. I love them and so does my husband. I have read them through once and Keith has checked them out a number of times. On Feb. 28th he made the "Poor man's Pecan Pie." He said he did it for his birthday the next day. It was very good. We liked it a lot. Once again Thank You. P.S. I'm glad you "did it your way."