Years ago, I got the idea to put a cookbook together because of my wife Ann. After the passing of her Mom, Mary Paule, Ann took all of her Mom’s recipes and entered them into a Cookbook program. When she was done, she had the recipes printed and bound and gave all of her brothers a copy as a Christmas gift. It was really cool, so I thought that I would take my recipes and do the same thing. There was however a very large obstacle in the fact that Ann typed, and I didn’t. It was a slow process and as I pecked away at the recipes, I realized that most had come from other people, so I started to tell little stories of where and when I met the person. I then got the idea to reach out to some of my friends that were really good cooks and ask for some of their favorite recipes. I have now revised the book for a second time, made the pages smaller, and added an index.
The criteria for them to send me a recipe is that it had to be simple and it had to be one of their favorites, had to have been served many times, and gotten great reviews. I never intended to sell the book and at first, just gave away copies to the people who had submitted recipes. I then started getting calls asking if I was the guy with the Cookbook. Someone had been to someone’s house and had dinner and asked where the recipe came from, the host produced a copy of Mike’s Cookbook. The calls became more frequent and got to the point where I decided that I better get some professionally printed and have a supply on hand.
I have already collected another 10 or 15 new recipes and will someday come out with volume 3. If you have a favorite that you would like to share, please make sure to get in touch.