What to do when a fondness for cookbooks approaches addiction statusMay 14, 2013 by Lindsay
The Kitchn has an article that may strongly resound with our members – 6 Ways to Manage Your Cookbook Addiction. Their description of what defines a cookbook addict may strike a chord with some of our members: “Perhaps it’s because while you have more cookbooks then you will ever be able to cook recipes from, you cannot stop yourself from adding to your collection. Or maybe there are teetering piles of cookbooks all over your house, surrounding the bed, on a little stool near the bathtub, stacked up next to the couch. It is almost impossible for you to not buy the latest release by a favorite author, even if there’s not much new going on there and you can never, never walk past the cookbook section in the bookstore without stopping and losing half a day in the stacks. These are all signs that you may have a situation on your hands.”
Of couse, unlike serious addictions (drugs, gambling, etc.) this addiction is one that isn’t really unhealthy – as long as it’s not financially draining or forces you to sleep in the garage due to space concerns. In fact, to us the word “addict” really doesn’t work. The word ignores the fact there are many benefits to cookbook ownership – not least that home-cooked meals are now acknowledged as a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. And cookbooks are not just to cook from – they can provide hours of reading enjoyment. But this article does have some good advice on how to approach a fondness for cookbooks rationally.
First, though, if you’re a member of EYB you’ve already taken the most important step – making sure you can access all those recipes so you actually use the books. In fact, an EYB membership is the best way to approach two of the suggestions listed in this article – explore your archives and weed out any books that just don’t work anymore.
So what are the other suggestions? Fuller explanations are in the article, but three interesting ones are:
- Use the library
- Avoid Amazon
- Start a cookbook club with your friends
And what about buying new cookbooks? The article goes on to give advice on how to choose new cookbooks wisely. There are several good approaches here as well, we especially liked the one that reads: “Rule of thumb: If you casually pick up a cookbook to browse but find you’re still reading it 10 minutes later, then you may just want to bring this one home with you.”
Feel free to contribute any ideas you have. And we want to thank those members who added comments to the the Kitchn article strongly endorsing an EYB membership as an invaluable resource to help with many, if not all, of these suggestions.
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