Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Checking out cook books

I walk by this cook book only bookstore all the time, but have never actually been inside.  I totally love the fact that it exists though. (Photo Credit Mitch Broder's Vintage New York)

Have you ever checked cook books out of the library?  It had actually never occurred to me until about a year ago when reading a fellow librarian's blog.  She checks out cook books all the time just to try them out!  I love this idea because I feel like a cook book is the kind of book you don't need to own forever (unless of course it's very special).  Most of the cook books I own, I'm excited to read through and try out recipes when I first get them, but after a few weeks, I usually forget about them or get bored.  And while they're always there to revisit, checking out new cook books is much more fun than buying them!  I like to put cook books on hold that I read about, like these two that I just found on Design Mom today (Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express and The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper.)  While I love the internet for finding and trying new recipes, nothing beats sitting down with a cook book and a cup of coffee and planning out a few suppers for the week, don't you agree?

I'm curious, have you ever checked a cook book out of your public library?  Or does that sound absurd to you? And while we're at it, tell me your favorite cookbook in the comments so I can add them to my library holds list!


  1. I never thought about checking out a cook book! That's a pretty nifty idea. That store looks awesome, I saw a similar show in Tony Bourdain's The Layover NYC show, but for the life of me I don't remember the name..

  2. I think it's a great way to try out a few recipes before investing in the book. I don't think it's absurd at all.

    - tianna :)

  3. I do this all the time! And when I really like a recipe I simply copy it. To me, this makes much more sense than buying a cook book, since most people I know only ever try out maybe a handfull of recipies out of the books they own.
    But I also have a few cook books on my bookshelf and I like being able to write comments into them. I even have a rating system for recipies, so I know which dishes are worth making again.
    My favourite cook books are: Nigel Slater's 'Tender' - Volume I and II and Hugh Fernley Whittingstall's 'Veg every day'.

    1. Aww I love how you have a rating system!