1. You can easily search for recipes based on exactly what's in your kitchen and pantry
Maybe you've got eggplant, pork chops and sweet potatoes you need to cook up - but no idea what to do with all three. Well, you could waste an hour digging through cookbooks and find nothing that's quite right, or you can go online, search google, and come up with a solution in less than a minute.
2. Become your own recipe publisher.
You don't need a publishing contract to publish your OWN recipes online. Starting a blog is easy - or you can share your recipes with the communities on other well-established sites like AllRecipes, food.com, Chowhound...
3. You can search for recipes anywhere and anytime on the web.
As long as you have a laptop, smart phone, or any kind of computer with an internet connection, you can find a recipe when you need it. Maybe you're staying with your parents and want to cook a favorite dish - but forgot to copy it out of the cookbook. Maybe you're having lunch with a friend and want to share a great recipe idea - just message or email her the link!
4. Ask questions and interact with recipe creators - easily!
Most food blogs that post recipes have contact forms or guestbooks where you can ask questions or leave comments for the author. Maybe you need clarification on a cooking step or technique, have a suggestion or want to mention how you modified a recipe. It's a lot easier to do on the web than hoping to maybe meet a favorite cookbook author someday.
5. Easily and quickly read recipe reviews and notes.
Is a recipe you just pulled up online actually any good? What are other cooks' experiences preparing it? Many recipe databases - including sites like FoodNetwork's recipe collection - allow users to rate and review each recipe, even uploading and sharing their own pictures of a dish! So it's easy to find out if perhaps the seasonings as written need adjustment, if the cooking time is too long/too short, and what ways you can modify the recipe to suit your own tastes.
6. Cookbooks aren't always the trusted source you might think they are.
Earlier this year, shockwaves ran through the foodie and publishing communities after Julia Moskin published her article "I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter" in the New York Times. Think all those celebrity chefs - and celebrity non-chefs - publishing cookbooks today actually came up with all those recipes, or ever even cooked them before? You might want to think again. Today cookbooks seem to have become more about a celebrity status and marketing, not actually celebrating the fine art of good food.