I have a large variety of cookbooks. I collect all kinds. I have a few by famous chefs, a few by celebrity chefs, a few that are more off beat, some serious, some educational, some new, some 'antique', some with sentimental value because they belonged to my grandmother, some themed cookbooks.
The cookbook that I am reviewing today is a cookbook that around here is known as a 'church cookbook'. I have quite a few of this type of cookbook. They are all pretty similar in that they almost always have a paperback cover and a spiral type binding holding the pages together. They rarely have pictures of any of the foods, no glossy pages with foods artfully arranged by food stylists. These cookbooks are always a collection of recipes contributed by a group. The group might be the ladies of a congregation, hence the nickname 'church cookbook'. But they could also be some other group. I have cookbooks published by an elementary school and a nursing home. Sometimes they are a group raising funds for a cause. I have a cookbook published by a Relay For Life chapter and an Eastern Star chapter and I recently contributed some of my recipes to a cookbook being put together to benefit ALS. And sometimes they promote a region. My mom knows that I love cookbooks and between us we have purchased three copies of the Wall Drug cookbook. One more trip to Rapid City South Dakota and I will have enough copies for myself and each of my children.
The cookbook that I am reviewing today is one of those regional cookbooks. My younger daughter spent her college years at Kansas State. Go Cats! And adjacent to the campus is a six square block business district known as Aggieville. It is the oldest shopping district in Kansas. It is a great collection of bars, restaurants and shops. Before K State was the Wildcats it was the Aggies and the name stuck. You can read about Aggieville on Wikipedia and a quick Google search finds 82,000+ hits. While on one of our visits to campus I purchased a cookbook published with recipes contributed by the merchants of Aggieville.
Aggieville Appetites has on its cover a photo of Varneys bookstore in Aggieville. The cover is edged in Wildcat purple and it has 250 pages of recipes. There is a nice recipe index at the back of the book and the dividers between the chapter contain black and white photos of Aggieville.
I have perused the cookbook and have a list of great looking recipes to try. I look forward to sharing them over the next year.