Do you still use cookbooks?

@whywiki (6070)
Canada
October 10, 2008 2:16pm CST
I remember growing up and our recipes were either found in a cookbook or handed down from generation to generation. I have a huge box of cookbooks and recipes but I rarely use them anymore. I feel like cooking something I don't know how to cook I just google it. I also have my favorite cooking site bakespace.com I wonder how well cookbooks sell these days?
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I have a collection of old cookbooks. I never really follow recipes. I love to cook and use recipes as a guide, unless I'm trying to bake. Baking is a whole different story! I follow the recipe to the tee, and still things don't come out very well. I guess I just stink at baking.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
10 Oct 08
I am the same way when cooking, a recipe is just a suggestion.
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@Grandmaof2 (7602)
• Canada
10 Oct 08
Funny you ask because I had tons of cookbooks and I sold them all in my last garage sale. I would give anything for some of the old time cook books. These things they call cookbooks in todays world most times aren't worth the paper and ink it cost to make the book far as I'm concerned. Maybe I just didn't have good cookbooks???
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
10 Oct 08
I have my mom's old Joy of Cooking to me that is a real cookbook. These days the cookbooks seem like mostly pictures and a couple of recipes.
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@ElicBxn (61148)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I barely used them anyway - i'm such a lousy cook if it doesn't start with a box, i'm in trouble!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
13 Oct 08
I know a lot of cooks like you. I think some people are born with a cooking gene and others aren't.
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@ElicBxn (61148)
• United States
13 Oct 08
That would be, no cooking gene
@teresat (156)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Are you kidding??? I am a cookbook fein!!! I collect cookbooks from all over the country, even the ones that have been shown a lot of love (used, coffee and grease stains, etc). I have over 100 of them right now. To me they are a great source of ideas and I just drool when I look at the recipes and pics!!!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
I have cookbooks from around the world from my families travels. The pictures alone make me fat!
@flowerchilde (12534)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I do still use my big Betty Crocker Cookbook, but I usually switch ingredients like whole wheat flour for regular flour and cut oils in half, for instance..
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
I like to switch up the ingredients too. Change is as good as a holiday they say.
@shell94 (990)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
I love my cookbooks and use them as a refence when I cook or bake regularly. I would be lost without them. I always loved my grandmothers cookbooks, she had some awesome old ones with great easy recipes in them as well. I do use the internet as well but am not as dependent on it as I thought I would be. Mind you maybe it would help find the recipe of my grandmas that I have lost. It was for an oatmeal bar and only used like 4 or 5 ingred and was baked in the oven, came out kinda like granola. I remember the oatmeal the margarine and the brown sugar but the rest is a blur. Man I so want to find this recipe again...Any help with this would be appreciated!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
Those sound really good but alas I don't know the recipe. My hubby kept talking about this Russian toffee his mom used to make but I didn't have the recipe, I searched for years before I finally got my hands on it. Never give up maybe some day you will find the recipe you are looking for.
@onesiobhan (1329)
• Canada
12 Oct 08
I'm trying to learn how to cook with less meat so I've picked up a number of vegetarian cookbooks recently. My most recent purchases were from a couple of restaurants where I really love the food. Only trouble is I don't recognize a lot of the ingredients!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
13 Oct 08
I am going through the same thing. I want to be more vegetarian but I find it hard figuring out how to cook that way after so many years of cooking with meat. Some day a meatless world?
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
11 Oct 08
When I was living in Winnipeg I had hundreds of cookbooks but I only used one most of the time. It was called, oh my god, it just went out of my brain as I was typing this. Goodhousekeeping, I think. It was an old cookbook from back in the 70's but it was good. Oh yeah Betty Crooker's Cookbook. That's it. Anyways, with moving to another province I had to downsize, about 7 years ago, and now I don't know what ever happened to that cookbook and sometimes I still wish I had it. There were recipes in it that I wish I could now cook, like different quiches. I also used to have a cookbook that had recipes for cooking things in the microwave, when they first came out with them. Some of the recipes were really good and again, I can't remember how to make them. More egg quiches that you could make in the microwave and simple to make but really good. I don't have any cookbooks at all now and I need to get some. I like to try different foods and now that I am single again and not so stressed all of the time, I want to start making some exautic foods. I want to experiment again. That is what I need to do, get some cookbooks, thanks for this discussion since I have forgotten how much fun it was, and will do it again.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
13 Oct 08
I think the old time cookbooks were so much better than the one coming out now. I loved the old joy of cooking my mom had. I think she got it as a wedding presents in the late 50's and by the time she passed away it was held together by elastic bands and my sister and I had to duke it out over who got the cookbook. I lost....
@lilcee (2703)
• United States
10 Oct 08
Hi whywiki. Yes, I use cookbooks but very often. I have a book I put favorite recipes in when I see them like in the paper or some online. Also if someone gives me a good recipe I put it in my book. Some things I don't need a recipe for but if it has a lot of ingredients or is something new, I look at the recipe. I've never heard of that web site. I'll have to check it out.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
13 Oct 08
I have this cupboard that I keep throwing my recipes in, now it is just a huge pile of papers and I can never find what I am looking for!
• United States
10 Oct 08
I have quite a few cookbooks. My children enjoy looking in them, and picking something they want me to make. I enjoy looking through them too, however the only recipes I really ever follow is when I bake. When I cook, I just go by what I like, or something I read to try.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
13 Oct 08
I like to cook and very rarely follow the recipe to a tee, I like to improvise. Baking is completely different kettle of fish though.
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
10 Oct 08
The only cook book I use regularly is "Fanny Farmer". It is the best. Everything always comes out as it should.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
13 Oct 08
Although I have never had one I have heard about Fanny Farmer and I suspect it must be a good book.
@megumiart (3777)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I love cookbooks! xD Even though I'm part of the internet generation, I guess, I'm old fashioned in someways. I don't like searching for specific recipes online because too many results come up and it's hard for me to choose one. w
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
13 Oct 08
There is something about cookbooks that is for sure. Something kind of old fashioned, I guess that is why I don't throw mine out.
• Canada
10 Oct 08
My husband and I not only use cookbooks, I actually wrote and published one. In 2005 I published a cookbook of Danish recipes from my family. My husband loves to cook. Despite the fact that I published a cookbook, I really don't cook, rather I write. It doesn't take a cook to organize recipes. I just wanted to pass on my family's heritage to the world.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
10 Oct 08
That is a great reason to write a cookbook. One of these years I plan to put our families recipes together for future generations.
@carolscash (9498)
• United States
27 Oct 08
I have a rather large collection of cookbooks and I do use them quite often. I just decided that I need to get rid of some of them when I move this time but it will be hard to do. I will just have to see if I have used them or not lately. I do look a lot of things up online too.However,nothing is better than getting the book out.
@cream97 (29154)
• United States
26 Oct 08
No, I never really have.. I have a few cookbooks at my home now. I usually will just follow the directions from the back of the product that I am cooking from. And I measure it exactly as it is asked. One day, I will just whip up an recipe from my cookbook.. Thanks for this discussion!
@ljmacca (86)
• Turkey
26 Oct 08
i used to have loads of cookery books i used to love the old ones with sheeps head soup in lol. i was gutted i had to get rid of them when i emigrated, so now i do tend to look things up on the internet but even then i do what ve always done, ill read a reciepe look at the ingredients and change everything to make it more enjoyable for how we would like it lol