For my birthday, my sister asked me what I wanted. I said get me anything food related.
She then replied, well what do you want exactly. (In our family, sometimes its better to ask exactly what we want, it saves us time from returning).
I said just get me a cookbook. I guess she felt it easier for me to just pick out a cookbook so I met her at Borders.
Now going into a bookstore not knowing a single thing about which cookbook to get is quite an overwhelming experience. I can now understand why my sister just wanted me to pick out the cookbook myself.
How does one choose a cookbook? I know I probably should have done my research prior to heading to the bookstore but the trip to the bookstore was last minute. This Border’s location was closing down and everything was 20% off.
As I arrived to Borders, I headed straight to the cooking section. I felt like their selection was limited, probably due to the fact that it was already rummaged through.
I could of went for a cookbook that was made by a famous chef, or focused on a region. I even thought about just getting a baking cookbook for cupcakes and cookies. As I went through cookbook to cookbook, none had what I was looking for. And at the time, I didn’t know what I was looking for but I figured if I looked through enough cookbooks it would hit me. Now, I didn’t want to get a cookbook by a famous chef, I personally feel like that its their way of promoting themselves. Other cookbooks, had recipes that I knew I would never make or even like for that matter. I would have gone for a baking cookbook but I really was set on recipes that I could make for dinner.
When I finally saw the section for All Purpose Cooking. I knew that it was exactly what I was looking for. I’m not ready for the big leagues and I knew I want something that I could cook that everyone can enjoy. Now to find the right cookbook…
The Final Three
Like I mentioned above, the store did not have a large selection. I saw three that peaked my interest. I really liked the Cooking Light recipe book, but for me to pay (sister pay) for this book, I might as well just order the magazine and get the recipes that way.
The next book I came across was Better Homes but as soon as I saw Bridal Edition on the front cover I was completely turned off. I almost had a winner but for someone who is recently out of a 3 year relationship buying a Bridal Edition cookbook would just give me more anxiety then I already have. Sigh.
I finally stumbled on the Joy of Cooking. As I heard my mom calling my name from downstairs of the store, she sounds like a loud Jewish New Yorker, I had to quickly make my decision. I browsed through the book quickly and saw it had recipes that I knew I wanted to cook. The only downfall is there are no pictures. But, hey back in the day, I don’t think there were cookbooks that had pictures. Food Porn did not exist. A world without Food Porn, crazy right?
Anyways, I grabbed the book went downstairs and showed my mom and sister. My mom’s first reaction,” isn’t that a very old book”
Does she not know that I just spent the last 30 minutes looking for a cookbook ??? Ugh! Who cares that its an old cookbook, the recipes don’t change that much.
I decided to get it anyways and figured you can’t go wrong with a book that’s been around for decades? Right? Either way I wasn’t about to go back upstairs and spend another 30 minutes looking for a book.
Next time, I’m heading to Amazon, virtually that is and doing my research. Don’t worry, I’m still intending on using The Joy of Cooking but I’m just planning for my next cookbook.
Plus, with my new outlet of Twitter you can just ask people what their favorite cookbook is. You may even find a cookbook aficionado like I did.
I was browsing through Twitter and found @SimonCookSays. His description on twitter says
“Obsessive cookbook collector w/ nearly 800 cookbooks who loves to cook & eat. Professionally, by day and by night, I work around food.”
I knew he was the perfect person to ask.
Read Botttom Up
Next cookbook will be Mark Bittman. That was easy!
Now that I have your attention, hopefully I didn’t lose it with all my ranting, what cookbook would you recommend for everyday cooking?