I have a confession to make:
I love cookbooks.
Okay, perhaps it would be more accurate to say I am obsessed with cookbooks. When I go to a bookstore, my first stop is the cookbook section - especially to search for any bargain or marked-down books. I always look for vintage or collectible cookbooks in used bookstores. Whenever I see a new chef who intrigues me on TV, I run to Amazon to see if he or she has any cookbooks I can buy. Every once in a while I even scan eBay for cookbook lots and collections.
It's a little bit out of control, I know. I think at last count I had somewhere over 250 cookbook titles in my collection, plus shelves upon shelves of old magazines like Bon Appetitand Gourmet. I know I'll never ever cook every recipe in every book; I even have a hard time, sometimes, remembering when I've found a recipe I really like and want to make it again!
But I just can't help myself. There are just so many things about cookbooks I love, that I have to talk about them here. And yes, while I do often find myself turning to the internet for recipes and cooking inspiration, the internet will never replace my cookbook library!
Let me tell you just a few reasons why...