I love buying cookbooks.
I love looking at the photos - those gorgeous, tantalizing, mouth-watering picture.
I love going through cookbooks and placing sticky 'postit' notes on recipes that I would like to make, but never do. What is fascinating about cookbooks is that people like me may never even make a single recipe from a cookbook, but will still enjoy the book and experience a sense of pleasure simply by looking through it.
I have a bookcase full of cookbooks (around 100) and I don't use most of them. But I do have a few favourites that I use regularly, the rest just sit quietly on the shelves patiently waiting to be read. The list below are some of those favourites
- The Complete Middle East Cookbook (by Tess Mallos)
- Jewish Traditions Cookbook (by Marlena Spieler)
- Nigella Express (by Nigella Lawson)
- Soups and Breads (Family Circle)
- Cooking Moroccan
I also collect old cookbooks, those written before the 1960's - earlier the better. I don't generally use these for cooking, just for reading - they are a great social history of our times.
I must say I am using the web a lot more to find recipes and when I find one I really like, I copy it to a word document. I do think twice before I buy any now and check first to see if what I want is available on-line. Cookbooks are expensive, so if I can find what I want on-line (which is free) I am quite happy. I also buy one cooking magazines each month and the recipes I like are removed and placed on the fridge door. I do tend to make these, but then these slips of paper go missing into a pile of other slips of recipes!!
So, does this mean the end of the cookbook? I don't think so. Women love cookbooks, I am not alone.
When my son moves out I plan to give him a bunch of my cookbooks (he already has a few of his own), so maybe one day I will only have cookbooks that I use regularly.
Are you a bit mad when it comes to buying cookbooks?
What is your favourite cookbook?
Do you read cookbooks as therapy? Curled up in bed with a recipe book?
"Cookbooks hold within them little dreams for the reader." - author unknown