Traditional Cookbooks vs. The Online Recipes

@taface412 (3179)
United States
August 12, 2009 5:14pm CST
I have tons of cookbooks from my mother, grandmother, other people, etc. And once in awhile if I am in the mood for something new I will scan the index of them. But lately I have been checking online for recipes and find them within seconds and usually can pick one out that has everything in it that I have on hand. So I am wondering for you cooks out there, which do you prefer? I think I still will keep some taditional cookbooks around, but am thinking of thinning out my collection.
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@marguicha (61898)
• Chile
12 Aug 09
Online searching for information is SO handy!!! A couple of weeks ago I had friends for diner. I wanted to make a greek salad and wanted to check the quantities of each ingredient. I found a recipe online, step by step, coloured videos, a very british manĀ“s voice explaining. Unfortunatly I followed his quantities. He said it was for 2 and we were 3 so I decided to make it exactly like that. I was eating grteek salad for the rest of the week. As for cookbooks, I would never put away The joy of cooking. It has been my cooking Bible during all my learning years. Now I talk with the book Happy posting!
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@dme696 (1)
• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
just burn that damn book and eat at burger king!!
@kb5000 (110)
• United States
13 Aug 09
cookbook cost more but give you information from a better professionals than online. online is free and easy to obtain. i feel that online is the easy and cheap way so i would go with that one.
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
9 Apr 10
I have some great traditional cookbooks that I'd never part with but at the same time I also love the ease of just finding a recipe online. I do tend to use only certain sites though b/c some of the recipes aren't accurate on other sites. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
• United States
29 Aug 09
Cookbooks are like staples of life, take them out and things will fall apart. I know that on line recipies are more popular because you can modify them and many have been updated. The covers of cookbooks have changed too, gone are the checkerboard covers, now food dishes don the glossy tabletop guides to cooking.
@xParanoiax (7006)
• United States
20 Aug 09
I like having regular books along with being able to look online. I tend to mix and match and take inspiration FROM recipes, so it's really useful to have access to both. Online means I may have to write it down if I largely stick to it...books means I get to keep the recipe if I stuck to it, but if I take from both or takeinspiration from...then I have to write it down anyways for future reference xD
@babyjesus (277)
19 Aug 09
Both as long as you can follow the instructions of the recipe and by reading it you can imagine if the food is delicious or not.
• United States
13 Aug 09
I like looking for recipes online because I can check ratings, avoid ingredients I don't eat (most meats), and for learning new dishes I can watch videos like manjula's kitchen.
@mikeysmom (2095)
• United States
13 Aug 09
i like going online to find recipes. it is so quick and easy and i do not have to tackle some big cook book. i usually make most things on my own but when it comes to baking i have to use recipes so i know how much of each ingredient to use.
@airakumar (1556)
• India
13 Aug 09
I would definitely go for online recipes. As this is fast and very easy to access otherwise I have to call my mom and ask her to explain each and everything in detail which is really not possible for me. Online recipes are available and as I get access to net everyday, anytime, it is very easy and also there are many other recipes which I prepare. Recently I have prepare pickles referring online recipes on net. Mostly, I love cooking and refer to online recipes only.
• United States
13 Aug 09
I only have a few actual cookbooks (one handmade by my mother of family recipes), but I like having them around, even if it is just for the little tips and how they look in my kitchen. I really love to cook, so when I get ambitious I love being able to go online and check out new recipes to try. I don't think I have a preference, though, when it comes to where I get my recipes. I just want them to be accurate and easily accessible...and both methods are.
@kevinll (967)
• China
13 Aug 09
In my spare time,I didn't cook so much. However if I wanna cook, I will surf on internet. So I can find some favourite recipes. Off course sometimes I will read the cookbook, just a little.
• China
13 Aug 09
There would make great difference if we choose the recipe books. After all, we could enjoy our reading rather than the searching of information in a hurry. why not have a try?
@bmuchler (442)
• United States
13 Aug 09
I have a couple of traditional cookbooks. I mostly get recipes online though. I can find more recipes that way.
• United States
12 Aug 09
I like books so naturally I do like the actual cookbook. However, I think that online recipe websites are more useful as in, they actually are easier to use. You can adjust serving sizes on most of them or look for recipes involving only the items you have at home to cook with. Those are a lot easier to use I think.
@peavey (14944)
• United States
12 Aug 09
I will probably never get rid of my cookbooks, but they don't get used much any more. I can find what I need on the internet a lot faster than I can find it in a cookbook, and there are more interesting variations than can be printed in a book.
@peavey (14944)
• United States
12 Aug 09
I will probably never get rid of my cookbooks, but they don't get used much any more. I can find what I need on the internet a lot faster than I can find it in a cookbook, and there are more interesting variations than can be printed in a book.
@owlwings (36707)
• Cambridge, England
12 Aug 09
I shall always keep my tatty old, well thumbed and spattered upon old cookbooks. Most of them are ones I bought but I have a few of my mother's and one of my grandmother's (in her own handwriting, mostly ... occasionally in the handwriting of someone who gave her a recipe). I use the Internet a great deal now to find recipes and those that I use generally get printed out, taped to the kitchen wall and annotated as I use (and modify them). Once these new recipes seem to meet with approval, they get filed in a folder in the kitchen (they are also stored electronically on my computer). One day, when I get a round Tuit (you know what that is, don't you?), I shall put all of these favourites together on CDs and pass them on to my kids and grandkids. I might even go the traditional way and actually have them printed out as a book. It will be more readable (but perhaps a little less individual) than my grandmother's handwritten compilation though no less personal for all that. I sincerely hope that it will become as tatty and well-used (though cared for, all the same) as my grandmother's (now their great- and great-great-grandmother's) little book!
@hsofyan (3452)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
12 Aug 09
There are some recipes that are not found in the internet. Conversely, there are a few recipes on the Internet that does not exist in the traditional cook book. I think this can be complementary.