Is it possible to have too many cookbooks? I hope not.
I’ve been accumulating cookbooks and food writing for many years, but lately the acquisition rate seems to have stepped up a bit, partly due to the discovery of Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks in Vancouver, and partly to the relocation of a local used bookstore which is now walking distance from where I work. Oopsy.
What makes a cookbook worth buying? I look for great photography, lots of personal essays, or just a feeling that the subject is really being treated thoroughly and with love. I usually need to find one recipe that really grabs my attention before I will take a book home; of course, I almost always do.
And for those who ask, “Do you really cook from all of these books?” the answer is, mostly, “Yes!” Sometimes we have to make a special effort to pick something out of a new book, but I try not to have a single book on the shelf that hasn’t been utilized in some way. When we’ve made more than a handful of recipes out of one book, or we keep going back to a particular recipe, I know that book was a successful purchase.
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