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Debbie has always enjoyed requesting recipes from those around her and sharing them with anyone who asked. “I’ve been collecting recipes since I was 12, getting them from family members, the cafeteria ladies, my friends’ moms and anyone else willing to share.”
While she can’t name just one favorite cookbook (“I love them all,” she says), it could end up being her daughter Kristina’s upcoming cookbook devoted to Finnish cuisine. “Our love of cooking is like a family legacy,” she says. Debbie’s mom, grandmother and great-aunt regularly entered cooking contests. Now she and her daughters carry on the tradition.
Fewer than 100 cookbooks from Debbie’s original collection of 4,000 made it back to the bookshelves.