An Impressive Look at the World of Cookbooks

Every time I go into Barnes and Noble I inadvertently find myself wandering to the cookbook section of the sale area. And then I go upstairs to the regularly priced cookbook section. I almost always leave the store with a new one, it's bindings bursting with possibilities. I don't know what it is about them. It could be the appetizing photography on the covers beckoning tome. Shiny three ringed binders. Hardcovers.Soft-covers. Many of them claiming to be Bibles, you know, for the food religious. Kits with cooking instruments in them AND a book! I mean, common, how is a girl supposed to resist?

I've learned over the last year to try and avoid them entirely and end our tawdry affair and ill tell you why the internet. Yes the internet. That playground of the technologically savvy has made the cookbook almost obsolete. With a quick bit of typing in the search engine of Google I can find a recipe for just about anything that I want and if there isn't one there are sites that will help you build a recipe from ingredients you have lying around! You can even go to YouTube and watch the lady herself, Miss Julia Child, from your smart phone, making some of her most famous recipes while you cook them right along side her.

But Lia, you say, what do I do with all of the cookbooks I've amassed all of these years? Aren't there some cookbooks that trump anything the internet can offer? What about my subscription to Bon Appetite? Yes, there are always exceptions to any rule. There are 2 cookbooks that in my opinion that I think every person should own.

1: Mastering The Art of French Cooking, vol 1 , by Julia Child and

2: The Joy of Cooking , byIrma S. Rombauer.

The reason I chose these 2 is that they teach techniques along with their recipes. French cooking is a skill that takes work, and Julia really show you in laymen terms how to do it. The book was groundbreaking for it's time as there we're NO other French cookbooks in English, or that had measurements and explanations of how to substitute American produce and cuts of meat in order to work the recipe.Julia loved Ms. Rombauers book. Ironically, there is a Joy of Cooking website.

As for what to do with the ones you have, if you love them and visit them often keep them. Why not? I open one of my vegetarian books at least twice a month because I can never remember how long I to cook acorn squash and I would be utterly lost without my one pot book. And don't even get me started on Macaron! Its not those books I'm talking about. Its the ones that have one and only one recipe in them that should probably go. I say take the recipe you love out, put it in a binder and make room on your bookshelf. The same goes for magazines. Read your mag, rip out the recipe and deposit it in the binder and then recycle that sucker. I'm not advocating this, but I am notorious for taking pics with my phone of things I like and putting the book back on the bookstore shelf! (Pretend you didn't hear that though. Its probably more than being in bad taste. lol.)

Check out sites like Food Network and print up recipes you love to create your own, ultimate cookbook.

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Posted in Home Improvement Post Date 08/27/2019






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