|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!