Finding a recipe online is easier than ever, and as a result, many people seem to be forgetting that traditional cooking books are a valuable asset to any kitchen. Cookbooks provide an enormous amount of irreplaceable information to anyone who needs to put together a meal or bake a treat. Here are some reasons why cooking books are a necessity for casual and serious cooks alike.
Prop it up: One of the biggest conveniences of cookbooks is that they can be placed near your cooking area and remain there. When it comes time to get cooking, you won't have to run back and forth to your computer to look for recipes or measurements. Having a cookbook on hand while you mix and measure ingredients will help you increase the quality of the food you prepare, and it will also help decrease stress in the kitchen.
Make your mark: Sometimes, the best recipes are discovered by trial and error. Does the soup need an extra dash or salt, or the cookies fewer minutes in the oven? With a traditional cookbook, you can write your notes directly next to the recipe for future reference. Find that a recipe doesn't work well at your altitude? Alter the instructions with a pen to make sure you get it right on your second try. A computer or phone screen doesn't provide the same convenient luxury.
Trust the source: If you find a chef you trust, it may be beneficial to buy one of their cookbooks so you have all of their recipes in one place. Many authored cookbooks may also offer special sections with cooking or preparation tips. A solid library of cookbooks from cooks and chefs you trust will eliminate the need to sift through a mountain of undependable sources online.
Get to know it: Another worthwhile element of cooking books is the chance you have to get to know them. As time passes and you try more and more recipes from your cookbook, you'll be able to get a feel for how the book works for your style of cooking and you'll be able to use the knowledge to improve the recipes to your liking.
Make a tradition: Cookbooks can become a family heirloom. Food has an interesting way of forming memories and becoming part of family traditions. All it takes is one or two favorite recipes to make a cookbook part of your family's customs. Find a cookbook by your favorite chef or one full of traditional recipes from your ancestry, and pass the recipes along to members of your family. There are few things more authentic and meaningful than a well-used cookbook.