cookbooks or internet?

United States
October 29, 2007 1:29am CST
Do you still buy cookbooks or go to the internet for recipes? I love to buy new cookbooks, but find that I am running out of space for them. I will buy a book even to get just a few recipes out of it and never use the rest of the book. There is something about leafing through a book compared to looking online. Same goes for cooking magazines.
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• Pakistan
30 Oct 07
Hi abby026, it is a famous and based on fact proverb that the practice makes a person perfect. In the light of this proverb let me say that practical is better than theory. The material published in a cook book or found in search results of search engines on internet relates to theories. If the methods found in written form are tested by some one, could be trusted. Once I tried to cook dumpling of eggs. But unfortunately I failed to prepare it well. I told it to my old aged relative and she came to my kitchen and she helped to cook it accordingly and she made me wonderer that, what a difference was their. Therefore I would like suggest you should have a teaching mate or friend with well skilled beside the cookbooks to help you.
@irene_27 (545)
• Philippines
30 Oct 07
I do both. I still buy cookbooks and at the same time search for recipes in the internet. If i plan to cook something, i try to find time to compare several recipes and see if i can make some variations. I like to experiment with the ingredients so i can create my own recipe out of it.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
30 Oct 07
My mum like to get new cookbooks, but she hardly cook from them.I have two and they are most about some bacis receipts and that's is enough for me.You are right listing in cook books are better ike on the internet, but it is very expensive to buy a book and also it takes a lot of spaces.Also I liek to cut some receipts from the magazines and just put them to the folder.
• United States
30 Oct 07
frankly speaking i always use internet for recipies.there are lots of sites that provide good recipies .no need to spend money on recipie book.
• United States
29 Oct 07
Well when I know exactly what I want to make ill used use the internet to get the recipe, especially if I am in a rush because the internet it faster and more convenient to me. I use cookbooks also but I usually only use them to get ideas on preparing something new that I may have never cooked before to keep from eating the same things everyday.
@darkaeon (466)
• Portugal
29 Oct 07
i go to the internet for recepies because that way i dont have to pay for them its a good way to save time and money!
@Violette13 (1048)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I use both and i use them often. :) I really like being able to sit down on the couch while i'm relaxing and pick out new recipes that i can try out and on the flip side, i like to browse around online and see what i can find. If i happen to have some kind of seasonal ingredient that i would like to use for something new i will search for recipes online featuring that particular ingredient. :)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I love both. You're so right, there's nothing quite like flipping through an actual cookbook. A lot of recipe sites or lists won't have pictures, either, and I like looking at the pictures! But... I'm running out of room to store my books, and money of course, is an issue as well. Cookbooks can get expensive. And really, it's sometimes so much easier to just get online and do a search. I do have a binder of recipes I really like, use often, or are for holidays, that I've printed off.
• Kuwait
29 Oct 07
Buying cookbook is good but internet is the nearest reach in terms of updated recipe. you can find all you want. cookbook content is specific and you cannot find the latest unless your cookbook is magic.
• United States
29 Oct 07
I like to use cookbooks. I also like to ask my parents for recipies. My dads family used to own a resteraunt and he can cook awesome!! Im always caling him asking questions about cooking. I dont know what Id do with out him. He taught me how to cook good food.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I rarely buy cookbooks and if I do I get them used. I usually look up recipes online or every once in a while get a cookbook or cooking magazine from the library.
@new_waver (199)
29 Oct 07
I like both, really. There's something about having a book, with all the recipes, tips and tricks, etc collected in one place that's nice. Plus, it saves a lot of time if you know where your favorite recipes are in the book. However, I am a big fan of cooking websites because it means I can experiement with different cuisines or dishes without having to buy a book that I may only use for one recipe.
• United States
29 Oct 07
I've never really had any cookbooks. I've just always used the internet to find what I wanted. There are several websites where you can put ingredients into the search box and find all sorts of ideas.
@nyumix (1661)
• Belgium
29 Oct 07
I don't buy cooking books anymore since I can find a lot of recipes on the internet. Of course a little bit difficult to find recipes on the internet since we need to turn on computer first, then browse for the right recipe that we need, but I think I like it this way. I can find so many collection of recipes around the world.
@Huying (389)
• China
29 Oct 07
Hi,abby026,I love cooking and reading cookbooks.When I were young,I always bought cookbooks and studied how to cook delicious foods.But now,Internet has become more and more popurlar,I can download many e-books about cooking,I never buy any cookbooks on the bookshop.That's ok.
@Pompon (1758)
• Poland
29 Oct 07
I don't search for the recipes in the internet. I have many coockbooks in my house plus I get many recipes from magazines. I thnk it's enough for me, I'm not a great cook after all xD
@talisman (1308)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I don't choose one over the other. We buy and use both cookbooks and cooking magazines for recipes, plus get recipes from online. I usually go online when I'm trying to match an idea to a recipe, when I'm trying to find a recipe based that matches what we have/want (when a cookbook isn't helping in this regard), or when I'm looking for a specific type of thing that I don't have a cookbook for (usually ethnic food). I like using both things and they each have their own pros and cons.
@vehaileairu (2286)
• Philippines
29 Oct 07
i made some green tea ice cream, with chefs help o - first i just observe and watch.. the next day, i did it perfectly..
^_^
i love cooking, hence i use both, more in handy is the cook book, its with demonstration and others have the pictures, internet recipes online do serve well too.. but most of the cooking instruction are in short paragraphs and very simple to do, while doing it will make you think hard.. for now im a student at international culinary arts, we do french and a little of italian.. i also have one on one instructor in Chinese cooking specially in dimsum and some main dishes as well as one on one in Japanese for ramens.. cooking with a master chef and being the observant makes yo learn fast... sometimes, i dont need the recipe coz i do it myself.. about the Filipino native dishes.., i do cook it everyday, since i started my first cooking the pinakbet when i was just 7 years old.. and my bro is a cook as well in Singapore.. well, i guess it runs in our veins.. take care and happy cooking there abby^_^
@dajiale (108)
• China
29 Oct 07
I would rather search recipes from internet, it`s convenient ,quickly and various!
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
29 Oct 07
right now, we used both, cookbook and internet. Well, we have a lot of cookbooks in the house right now and we are planning to buy some more. These cookbooks are my hubby's collection and he had them even before we got married. He loves cooking so much. I am from the Philippines and I jsut migrated in the US this year, so, if I want to cook a Philippine food I use the internet to search for it especially if I am not familiar on how to cook the food. Our cookbooks here are Italian and American foods so I can't use them for the latter.