Do you still check your recipes in a cookbook?

@marguicha (68504)
Chile
July 19, 2010 7:11pm CST
I confess that latelly I haven´t used my cookbooks much. Checking a recipe online is a lot easier. Nevertheless once in a while I still make a double check with my favorite cookbook: Joy of cooking. Do you have a favorite cookbook? Do you still use it? Share! Happy posting!
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@doryvien (2293)
• United States
20 Jul 10
Hi Marguicha, Me too. I have more than 10 cookbooks which I was able to collect from the time I got married. I can't even remember the time when I last checked recipes on them, not even from my favorite cookbook, the one that features an all-local-dishes. Going online to look for recipes is a lot easier and more convenient, and they are more updated so I prefer to use the internet these days.
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@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
22 Jul 10
Online recipes are easy nowadays. They even have videos of some recipes. I still check the Joy once in a while but should do something with the whole shelf full of cookbooks I haven´t opened for years.
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
22 Jul 10
msf & marguicha, Aren't they a treasure, your and my cookbook collection? while I don't use them anymore, it feels good to know that they are there whenever I feel the need to browse on them, maybe if the the internet connection is out and I urgently need to find a recipe, I know they'll save the day.
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
20 Jul 10
Obviouly, I am not the one you wanted me to answer your question. I do not know how to cook and do not have of the these cooking books. I know how to: 1. boil tea, 2. cook rice, fry egg, boil egg, toast bread, and make tea and make a soup of noodules. Beyond on that I have no idea whatsoever on cooking. However, I love to eat.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
20 Jul 10
I wasn´t born knowing how to cook. There was a time when I would not have been able to make a good rice. It´s fun to cook, at least it is for me.
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
20 Jul 10
Yes, you are obsolutely right, and I do not argue with you here. I need a teacher to teach me to cook. You, I am non English speaker and some of those terms in the cookbook especially names of dishes and different types of veggies, etc. etc. send me nuts. So sometimes these names make me give up cooking. Nowaday, you have walk down the street to get what you want, but still I love people who cook at home. The food cooked at home a very delicious.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
21 Jul 10
Wat is your native language? Mine is Spanish. I have been helped online with that. I put the name of the food plus the word "picture" or "photo". It works fine with many things.
@Satenik (102)
• Armenia
22 Jul 10
I have never used a cookbook for cooking. I mean I always like to compose something and when cooking I imagine what goes good with certain food. For baking I sometimes read the recipe. But only the ones I rarely bake. I bake quite often and most of our favorites are in my head.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
23 Jul 10
Welcome to mylot Satenik! I checked at your profile and see that you have answered and started many posts on cooking. It seems that you love to cook as much as I do. I love to create new things with what I have. A different taste in a not so new recipe is something I seek. I am always searching for new spices although I take care to do my experoments without exagerating. Take care!
@Satenik (102)
• Armenia
23 Jul 10
Hello marguicha and thanks for your comment. Yes I like to cook. But I am working and I cook only on Sundays when I am home. Rest of the time my mother in law is cooking for our family. For me cooking is an art. It's not for just everybody.
• Australia
20 Jul 10
I have a fave cook book that was given to me by my sister-in-law...it's called the Edmonds cookbook & it's from New Zealand...it's very popular over there too...my hubby being from New Zealand grew up with one in the house & now we have 1 too...the recipes are VERY easy to follow...I am always looking in it to see what I can make.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
22 Jul 10
I had a cookbook when I was just married with very easy recipes. I still have it but only use it for a couple of goodies we make in my country when it rains. They are a sort of pumpkin dumplings.
• Australia
22 Jul 10
hmm...pumpkin dumplings...that sounds nice...could you pm me the recipe when you get a chance please? I'd love to try it.
@ANTIQUELADY (36492)
• United States
20 Jul 10
I still use cookbooks instead of checking online. I'm too old & SAT in my ways. I have alot of faves, Usually i use ones put out by local people.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
20 Jul 10
Just remember you owe me the Jambalaya recipe(no lizard, please). What are your local favorite recipes Jo?
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
20 Jul 10
I still use my cookbooks, although I poke around online more often. I'm most apt to use them when I'm looking for inspiration for something to cook, more than if I'm looking for a specific recipe. One big plus for the online recipes is the reviews that others have written. The suggestions of additions (or changes) are really helpful, especially if I'm looking for a variation to fit the ingredients that I happen to have on hand.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
22 Jul 10
I also check for variations to see if it inspires me for something sifferent.
@dawnald (84109)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Jul 10
cookbooks? recipes?
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
22 Jul 10
Yup. Cookbooks. Recipes. Creations. Online stealing. It can be even hilarious. Once I had bought an octopus and wanted to know how long it had to be cooked. The "Joy" mentioned the octupus as "the hideous creature". I wonder if someone besides myself cooked the creature after reading that.
@qamarep (4453)
• Pakistan
20 Jul 10
having a book is easy because you can use it when you are working in kitchen other wise you cant take your computer in kitchen
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
22 Jul 10
Sometimes I chck online for an addition to my own creations and I make a quick note to take to the kitchen. It would be a mixture of words and drawings. Like when I want the word "dice" I make a square.
@Suggar (3612)
• Bulgaria
20 Jul 10
I started cooking one month now, when me and my bf got new place to live alone. For now i'm cooking only simple things, but i love to fry scrambled eggs with butter and sweet maize, or to make sandwiches in the oven with eggs green onion, sausage and cheese. I love to cook potatoes ... :) Soup, baked, boiled... Mmm ... :) For now i don't have recipes book, but i'll write one for myself, because i love easy dishes, and to improvise with the food we have :)
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
22 Jul 10
Check good recipes online. They have nice and easy recipes with step by step explanations. Take care!
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
20 Jul 10
I have a fantastic set of recipe cards in a nice box in my pantry and they’re great because they cover absolutely everything from breakfasts to party food and buffets. I haven’t used them in a while because we have not done a great deal of entertainment lately. My every day meals are usually very plain and they don’t require recipes.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
22 Jul 10
I have come to an age where I entertain my frinds with recipes created by myself. And now I have to do low salt for some of them, others need no sugar, some are vegetarian. I have discovered ways of doing great food for people with health limitations.
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• Boston, Massachusetts
20 Jul 10
Hi Marg, I love to cook and i have cookbook collections. Same with you it's been decade since i scanned them last. If i need to check on some recipes i use the internet but most of the time--i do it myself hmmmmmm...i love experimenting on foods. It's a great challenge for me to get the taste i want even if it's my first time to try a new recipe.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
22 Jul 10
Making our own recipes have the fun of playing. I can do that (and so can you) because we know how to cook and what can be mixed together.
@dian21 (606)
• Philippines
20 Jul 10
I can't recall anymore when was the last time I used my cookbook. Because I kept them already in the storage room. Since I can always check the recipes online. It's not only accessible, it is already complete and everything is there online unlike with my recipe books.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
22 Jul 10
Same here. Online recipes are the thing nowadays. They even have videos of some recipes. I should do something with the whole shelf full of cookbooks I haven´t opened for years.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
20 Jul 10
My husband has a few recipie books, but I have never seen him using them. Some of those books are very old. He got them from his parents and they got some of them as their wedding gifts. These days cooking is very easy and it consumes very little time. If you buy a sauce or a masala, the cover of it has the recipies of things you can make using it. I use internet for some recipes, but I also have some printouts of the recipies which worked out well for me. If some recipes won't work out well, I will try the same thing using a different recipie taken from internet. I still see recipie books for sale in stores.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
22 Jul 10
Internet seems to be taking over many of the wonders of old recipe books. I have even watched videso of how a certain meal is prepared. I don´t use cookbooks much now. I make my own recipes. Thanks for sharing.
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
20 Jul 10
Quite often. My computer is no where near my kitchen, so that is little option. Quite often i will compare two or more recipes and mix and match to meet our tastes.
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
20 Jul 10
True. And there´s another match to do: what we have in the fridge and the pantry
@ivygrey (550)
• Philippines
20 Jul 10
Yes, I do.. especially those major dishes, Sometimes there were some simple things that I often forgets, I'm so forgetful so I do like to open my cookbook. or sometimes even online cookbooks. because there were recipes that were just taught to me so i tend to forget.. thanks marguicha!
@marguicha (68504)
• Chile
20 Jul 10
Do you have a favorite cookbook? I have so many cookbooks that I have a whole shelf of them. But THE cookbook for me is the Joy.
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
Since the invention of blogs and youtube, I've never really checked any cookbook anymore. Although I used to save all those can labels with recipes on them and try them the next time I purchase the same product.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 10
Hi, I love cooking and once a while I will flip over my recipe book to try new menu for my family. I don't have certain favourite recipe book,as long as,the book give me an easy guide and delicious dish, I will buy that book. I love to cook spicy food.Thai food like tomyam and curry is my favourite. I cook everyday for my family. Most of the time, I will cook Chinese food as my son can't eat spicy food,once a week,then I will cook either curry or rendang as one of the dish.
@kalinka1 (73)
• Belgium
22 Jul 10
I have to admid that I also often check on the web, but i do have some favourite books and I do often still check in them for some recipes. I also have a book in which I collect all of my favourite recipes in some when I want to make one off those recipes I just have to take that book and I find everything that I like. I've collected all my favourites in this book, from internet, from my other cookbooks, from friend and family,... So this book is one that I do still use very often.
@p3ks626 (6552)
• Philippines
22 Jul 10
I like looking at cookbooks but I never follow those recipes when I cook something. The main reason for it is because there are ingredients in the cookbook that I am not familiar with so I dont like it when that happens cause I dont wanna end up thinking what kind of ingredient it is.
• Philippines
20 Jul 10
I have my cookbook online in a certain website. I am no longer fond of cookbooks that can be bought in bookstores.