Cookbooks: A Relic of the Past?
by, 11-26-2008 at 07:41 AM (596 Views)
The other day, I went through my cookbooks and Freecycled all the ones I haven't touched in a while. The stack included my entire collection of Kraft Food and Family Magazines, my whole Cooking Light Magazine subscription, and various specialty cookbooks, like ones devoted to nothing but a wok, or nothing but barbecue, which I never crack open. As you can see, although I pared down my collection nearly by half, I am still rich in cookbooks.
But I seldom use them.
I have recipes stored in my internet favorites. I have sites I frequent for good, frugal recipes. I have access to every recipe ever written (almost---I even have PDFs of very, very old cookbooks from the Feeding America site). So why do I cling to these seeming relics?
I like the way they look in my kitchen. I have them arranged atop my cabinets, with my two black bear statuettes flanking them, and it looks nice.
I do use a couple of them every now and then. My Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook and my Taste of Home Cookbook are two that I use most frequently. By frequently, I mean two or three times a year.
Yet, I can't bear to part with my cookbooks. I could definitely find every recipe I'll ever need online, but there's something special about opening a wrinkled cookbook page, with food stains and special instructions scribbled in the margins.
I'm not quite ready to let go of my collection. Who knows? Maybe the power will go out and I won't have access to my online collection, and I will have to revert to the reliable relic, the cookbook.