Cookbooks: Are They a Thing of the Past or Still a Valuable Tool?
I have spent plenty of money on cookbooks and that’s not hard to do. These recipe-filled volumes are not typically cheap. It would seem like you need to invest in some cookbooks if you are going to build your repertoire like I suggest in my menu planning section.
Well, I don’t think that is necessarily true. While I have spent a ton of money over the years on cookbooks, I rarely use them today. The internet is too full of free recipes for me to ever have to pay money for another cookbook. Check out my section on online recipes.
There may be a few exceptions to that rule. If you are looking for specific diet recipes, they may or may not be readily available online. If you have a favorite such as Betty Crocker or Joy of Cooking, I doubt they are available, in their entirety, online. You may be able to come up with some exceptions of your own, but the point here is to ensure you don’t spend too much money on something you can get for free.
If you do feel like you just have to have a cookbook, you can resort to the internet anyway. Try Amazon, eBay or Craig’s List for starters. Used books are a ton cheaper than new books. Our local library has a book sale every year. We pick up books for $.50/ea at this sale. I once bought a culinary school textbook for $.50 on eBay. It was an old edition and the current addition, new, was more than $200. BOOYAH!! I like that kind of savings!
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