I know this is a long-shot, but thought it would not hurt to ask as cookbooks find ways to spread out across the country when given as gifts.
I am looking for a cookbook published for Veal Switch Missionary Baptist Church of Hughes Springs Texas in the mid to late 1980s. There are two dedications in the front of the book. One of them is to Dorothy Jordan. She is my son's grandmother. I gave him my only copy. He lost it in a move.
No one local has one that they will part with.
So, if you have one, please send me a PM and let me know how much you would like to get for your copy.
I have a friend with a well-used copy who will loan it to me to copy. But I would like to find the real thing for my son.
I've looked through my stash of old cookbooks and haven't one for Veal Switch. You might try running a small ad in your local newspaper. Not sure if Hughes Springs has a newspaper anymore, but anything local might get a response, even if it's Mt. Pleasant.
Niki - There's still a paper that serves Daingerfield, Hughes Springs, and the surrounding area. I had not thought of that. For a small local paper, they are definitely proud of their classified ads - prices are ridiculous. I will give work-of-mouth a bit of time...but will probably have to put an ad in the paper.
I have posted on my Facebook page as well as a garage sale-type group on FB. This past Friday and Saturday I dropped in on five garage sales looking.
I too, will be on the lookout. I'll be on the Highway 80 garage sale on Friday, going from Longview to Mineola, I might have some luck. The customers are going, but will the vendors do likewise?
KYIS - have you thought of contacting that C-hurch (or the local congregation if it no longer meets) and ask if anyone has one? Someone may have a copy from an estate or downsize that they might be willing to part with. Worth a try.
Niki - Hope the Hwy 80 sale is a good one!
Junk Collector - Yes, I have contacted the church. We are a small area and pretty much know everyone around. One of the clerks in the courthouse attends church there and she's looking for me.
I did contact my son's cousin...and asked her that if I did not find a replacement cookbook could I borrow hers to copy and promised to return it. The answer was basically ... 'Sorry,of all the things I have in my house that is the one thing that will never leave it. But I will copy Granny's recipes for him."
In other words, if the situation were reversed and I loaned her my cookbook, she would keep it.
Besides, Granny's recipes were in her head. I am the one who wrote them down and sent them to the cookbook committee.
Someone contacted me on Facebook and gave me the name of a woman who now lives out of state - she might have one. I've messaged her.
Several people are looking for me.
Glad to hear you have a lead. Out of curiosity, how long ago was his copy lost? It took me over three years to find a book that was lost in our last move. Gotta shake those boxes!
The out of state woman did not have the cookbook.
He's moved three times since he lost the book. He's pretty sure a roommate snagged it...probably 4-5 years ago.
I found a local church cookbook on eBay! But wrong church. I'll keep looking there too.
If you know of someone that has the cookbook, I would just ask them to copy it. If they won't let it out of their hands, ask if they would go with you to the copy place and copy it for you.
I think that would be the best bet.
Who knows one of these days at a rummage sale or something similar you'll find the book for a dime!
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Martha, I will just borrow a friends cookbook to copy. I can do that at home.
The nearest copy place is 25 miles from home and...well, you would just have to know the cousin and her mother...they are a 'trip' to deal with. Of course, I'm sure that they think the same thing about me. But...if the situation was reversed, I would make a copy of my cookbook and give it to them...This message has been edited. Last edited by: KeepYouInStitches,
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