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Columbus Cookbooks – FREE

by Maureen McCabe on December 17, 2007

Free to cookbooks to good Central Ohio homes.  There will really be no way to screen the good homes for cookbooks from bad homes for cookbooks… anyway I have some old HER Cookbooks if anyone is missing some from their collection.  If anyone still cooks.  If anyone still uses cookbooks.  I look at cookbooks… but I also find recipes online and I don’t cook much anymore…  Times have changed.

In one case the cookbook published by “HER Realtors” is a ”Celebrity Cookbook.”  

The celebrities in the Celebrity Cookbook No. 9 are not just local celebrities… national celebrities… international celebrities submitted recipes but the cookbooks are from Columbus.  HER Realtors did cookbooks for years… the last cookbook was produced for the companies 50th Anniversary in 2006. 

I don’t have any of the 50th Anniversary cookbooks but I do have a limited number of cookbooks …

Cookbook 17th Edition-  2002

Cookbook 15th Edition – 1988

and a very limited number of  Celebrity Cookbook No. 9.  

 I inherited the issues of  Celebrity Cookbook No. 9.  from someone, sometime because that edition was published loooooong before I was with HER Realtors (the company is now Real Living HER) or lived in Columbus…  They are old.  Collectors item?

The HER cookbooks don’t have a year published on them but I can tell the 17th edition was published after February 2002 from the “Message from Harley E. Rouda” inside the front cover.  I bet the 17th Edition Cookbook was published in late 2002.

The 15th edition…of the HER Cookbook was published  in the 42nd year of the company so that would have been 1998? 

On an introductory page of the 15th Edition the founder of the company, Harley E. Rouda says the first HER Realtors cookbook was published in 1975… the year of the Celebrity Cookbook Number 9 has to be at least 1984 then…. 

When that cookbook was published Ronald Reagan was president, Nancy Reagan shared “Baja California Chicken”  and … “President Reagan’s Favorite Macaroni and Cheese” with Central Ohio residents.

Vice President George Bush (or maybe his staff) contributed a Lemon Bar recipe. 

There are recipes from senators,  congressman and governors in the Celebrity Cookbook No. 9.  There are recipes from Central Ohio mayors, newscasters and politicians as well.  There are recipes from teachers and principals at local schools mixed in…. There are recipes from Central Ohio restaurants some that I have never heard of.  There are recipes from local business leaders.

There’s a recipe from Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister of Great Britain and one from Prince Rainer III of Monaco.

Other celebrity recipes… 

Willard Scott’s “Cheese Grits Souffle” recipe Willard Scott of The Today Show

“Ed McMahon’s Roast Turkey and Dressing” recipe – The  Tonight Show sidekick of Johnny Carson. 

Pete Rozelle’s (the football commissioner) recipe for “Onion’s Rozelle (for barbecue) an there’s  a recipe from Roger Staubach and a recipe “from the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders” for Taco Salad.

Recipes from Art Linkletter, Carol Burnette, Brent Musburger (he was with CBS sports back then…) , Jerry Lewis, Connie Chang, Bruce Jenner and other 1980′s celebrities are throughout the book. 

Ed Koch was the mayor of New York City when the book was publishd and shared a recipe for gazpacho, Senator Gary Hart submitted “The Famous Senate Restaurant Bean Soup Recipe” to the 9th edition of the HER Realtor’s cookbook.  Wonder if it was pre scandal or post scandal?

Closer to home Eldon Miller was the OSU basketball coach and shared a recipe for ‘Brocolli Dip.”  The Celebrity Cookbook No. 9 from HER Realtors has a recipe from Doug Adair and Mona Scott Anchors – Newswatch 4  (WCMH - TV)…  a recipe for a cheese log. Jimmy Crum has a recipe in the book. Mel Dodge, the President of the Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau shared “My Mother’s Nut Bread.” Sherrod Brown was the secretary of state at the time and his wife Ellen is credited for providing a recipe for “French Puffs.”

Anyway if you are in Central Ohio and want a copy of any of the three cookbooks contact me and we can make arrangements for you to pick up cookbooks from the front desk at my office on High Street in Worthington. 

I’m not mailing cookbooks… I blogged about cookbooks once on the original Columbus Best Blog and heard from people who had lived in Columbus but had moved away… nolstalgia…  Columbus Cookbooks free to good Central Ohio homes…

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1 Chris Shouse December 17, 2007 at 07:40 pm

Sounds Nummy Maureen and a nice thing for you to do.

2 Maureen McCabe December 17, 2007 at 08:39 pm

thanks Chris… I have been hording cookbooks too long.

3 Pam Louis December 24, 2007 at 10:02 pm

I am looking for a Dobish Torte Recipe that was in one of the old HER cookbooks. I do not know what # book or year. I have been looking for this recipe for 12 years. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have looked through the HER books I have which are: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 & 10. This is a cake which has many layers with a chocolate frosting.

4 Pam Louis December 24, 2007 at 10:06 pm

I am looking for a Dobish Torte Recipe that was in one of the old HER cookbooks. I do not know what # book or year. I have been looking for this recipe for 12 years. ANy help would be greatly appreciated. I have looked through the HER books I have which are: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 & 10. This is a cake which has many layers (7) with a chocolate frosting.

5 Maureen McCabe December 25, 2007 at 03:55 pm

Pam… I looked through the 11th, 15th and 17th as well as one that I can not find an issue number on… “HER Holiday Cookbook” No luck. Sorry! If I run into other issues I will look through them for you.

6 Joanna Roof May 25, 2008 at 09:37 pm

I looked through # 3 & 8 did not see this recipe. Maybe its in # 1. I was looking for the recipe for a Quiche I use to make, its in one of the earlier books really good & easy. I think I’ve mis placed some of mine. I have 3, 8, 9. I know what you mean by down sizing on the cookbooks!
Good luck to all.

7 Teri Gubsch August 31, 2008 at 04:48 pm

My mother in law left me several HER cookbooks and I’ve used them for many years. but I’ve seemed to have lost one of the very best; it had a recipie for ‘Peach Beehives’ which are fresh peaches, got to be BIG ones, wrapped in strips of pie dough and baked. They are served with a hard sauce, and that recipie was included in the book, AND NOW I CAN”T FIND IT!!!! If anyone has this recipie I’ll PAY YOU FOR IT!

8 Sharon Caldwell December 5, 2008 at 01:37 pm

I had one of these cookbooks in the early to mid 80′s. I’m not sure if it was #9 or not. When we moved in ’97 it somehow disapeared. I’m looking for the Tony Dorcett Peanut Butter cookie recipe from the book that I lost. If anyone has that recipe please let me know. Are there any free cookbooks left?

9 Lynette Blakeway December 23, 2008 at 02:35 pm

LOVE the HER cookbooks and would love any copies I can find. I had a flood and lost the ones I used for years…any help would be appreciated!

10 Maureen McCabe December 23, 2008 at 02:45 pm

Are you local Lynette? I have a bunch sitting at the front desk of my office for someone who contacted me who lives in Columbus. I think I came up with 5 or 6 for him.

My blog is not letting me open your comment.. to see if there is an email address.

11 BONNIE MILES February 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I WANT ALL OF YOUR BUT I WANT THEM FREE BECAUSE I CANNOT BY THEM YOU WILL HAVE TO MAIL THEM IF YO DONT MIND THANKS

12 Maureen McCabe February 20, 2009 at 03:44 pm

nope I do not mail them. thanks Bonnie.

13 JUDY OSBORN March 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I ‘M A DIETARY MANAGER AT COLS COLONY WESTERVILLE AND GO TO MEETINGS ABOUT FOODS. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY FREE COOKBOOKS YOU COULD GIVE ME. I CAN COME AND PICK THEM UP IF IT’S LOCAL. OR CLOSE ENOUGH. THANKS SO MUCH

14 Pat Melosh March 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I have been looking for my daughter. There home was in a flood and they lost all the cook books she had. I can’t find them anywhere and she use to use them all the time. If you still have some I could pick them up.

15 kim April 21, 2009 at 04:12 pm

My mother had Ed Mcmahon’s dressing recipe she had clipped from the nation enquire 15 years ago. It was made with orange marmalade and apple sauce. I lost it years ago and look for it every Thanks Giving, I would love to know what the original recipe actually was because I have over the years made my own veriation. Any help would be appreciated.

16 Karen Starbuck December 24, 2010 at 04:04 pm

Oh my goodness! I lost all my HER in our move to Charlotte NC 15 yrs. ago. I have been trying to find the holiday citrus salad recipe from one of the cookbooks from the 80s..maybe around 86??? Can anyone help? It is so tasty, pretty and perfect for the holidays. I miss Columbus!

17 Barbara March 3, 2011 at 03:32 pm

I’m looking for H.E.R. Realtor Cookbook #1, I used it all the time and it got misplaced in a house move.

18 Karen December 5, 2011 at 07:23 am

I too had the HER cookbook when I lived in Columbus. Ihave moved twice since then and lost the receipe for Ed Mcmahon’s Thanksgiving stuffing. Could you please send it to me?

Thank you so much.

Karen

19 Karen December 5, 2011 at 07:40 am

I also had the HER cookbook when I lived in Columbus. Ihave moved twice since then and lost the receipe for Ed Mcmahon’s Thanksgiving stuffing. Could you please send it to me?

Thank you so much.

Karen

20 chris Rader March 27, 2012 at 06:19 pm

I have copies of 1 through 13, plus many
multiple copies of several years. They are
not for sale, but will share recipes.

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