Finding Your Favorite Cookbooks in the Library

June 21, 2006 1 Comment

Finding Your Favorite Cookbooks in the Library

Libraries Are Filled With Many of Your Favorite Cookbooks

Summer is here and my girls are out of school on vacation. My 8 year old came home with a reading list for her summer reading so we took a visit to the local library to pick up a book.

I love libraries and I have to admit I don’t get to them very much, but that is going to change. On this trip I was wandering down the “Adult Isle” and what do I come upon but rows and rows of cookbooks. There were dozens of them, some new, some old. Many I already own, but many more that I don’t.

I have never thought to take out a cookbook from a library but why not? There are lots of good reasons to check out a library cookbook.

  • Gives you a chance to look it over before purchasing it.
  • You may just want one or two recipes from it.
  • You don’t want a bookcase filled with cookbooks.
  • You buy cookbooks and just let them sit on that bookshelf.
  • You want to save a couple of bucks.

I have a fairly good-sized cookbook collection that does fill a whole bookcase. I don’t think I ever met a cookbook I didn’t like or didn’t want to own. Although with the Internet so readily available, I find myself doing a lot more research on the Net.

I did happen to find a couple of cookbooks I have been interested in buying and checked them out for a couple of weeks. One is Susanna Foo’s Chinese Cuisine and the other is from the Culinary Institute of America called Cooking at Home.

Susanna Foo’s restaurant is here in Philadelphia and I have been to it once and sampled the remains of a doggy bag my wife brought home from a business meeting. It is the best Chinese food I’ve ever tasted. Even the leftover dumplings the next day were out of this world. So, I can’t wait to try a recipe or two and share them on this blog or on my website.

Cooking at Home just looked interesting. It not only had great looking recipes, but included a lot of “how to’s”.  As much as I like reading new recipes, I much prefer reading about cooking techniques with step-by-step instructions.

Again, I hope to translate and post a few recipes from these books in the next couple of weeks. What do I mean by translate?

Don’t you find a lot of cookbooks written by professionals not geared for novice home cooks? They either are written for other professionals or cooks with a lot of experience. I like to “translate” them so they make more sense to me and hopefully to anyone that visits my web site.

If you are interested in more of my favorite cookbooks, visit my web site and look under the “Tools” dropdown. There is also a page for my favorite cooking magazines and one for eCookbooks or electronic Cookbooks that you can download onto your computer and print out just the recipe you are working on.

And if you have a favorite cookbook you would like to share with the rest of my visitors, there is a blog entry called What Are Your Favorite Cookbooks?

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  1. Vickie says:

    Favorite cookbooks- where do I begin? Ten Talents is good for healthy choices, I have a honey cookbook I love but the cover is missing (loved to death almost), For reference I like Confessions of a Butcher-eat steak on a hamburger budget and save$$ and the newest version has recipes!!! Since our move, my recipe collection is still packed away but the internet is a good backup for finding something close to what’s in my collection. Joan

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