Top 10 Reasons Why a Cookbook is Better than the Internet

Once Upon a Thyme Bookshop

By: Kristina Heaton

Today, every recipe you could ever hope for can be found with just a quick Google or Pinterest search. That’s the beauty of the Internet, right? But, believe it or not, cookbooks are making a comeback. If you have cleaned out your bookshelves of your cookbooks, favoring the Internet instead, maybe you’ll want to reconsider.

  1. You can write in a cookbook. I love to write in the margins of any book. My thoughts on the subject. How I felt when I read it. I underline things. Sometimes I triple underline things for emphasis. For a recipe in a cookbook, in particular, I write why I chose that specific recipe. Was it for a special occasion or an event? How was it received? What was the date I made it? This is memory making in its best form.
  2. No chance of your phone/tablet/laptop getting dirty or wet. I don’t know about you, but I am a messy cook. It takes me twice as long to clean up after I cook or bake. Dishes are piled high, ingredients strewn about, just an overall “wetness” to the entire area, be it water, egg, batter, or sauce. I need my electronics to be far, far away.
  3. It’s nicer to pass down a book than a page printed off a computer. I come from a family that enjoys cooking and baking. I have incredible memories of food and the creation of it. I have my mom’s cookbooks on my shelf now. Some of them I still use, knowing that she also pages through these same books. I hope that my children do the same with my cookbooks one day.
  4. The recipe is easy to find again. I never print recipes from the internet. So when I want to remake something, it takes me forever (at least it seems) to find it again. My guess is that you have this problem too :-).
  5. Have you seen the photography in cookbooks? Cookbooks have changed so much over the years. They went from very general and lists upon lists of ingredients to very specialized with beautiful photographs along side the recipe. We know exactly what the dish should look like. These pictures often deserve to be on the wall and not in a book.
  6. You’re supporting print. As a bookseller, of course this is important to me. There is just something so satisfying about holding a book in your hands.
  7. You get so much more content out of a cookbook, some of them read more like novels. You care about the chef and their motivation when you pick up a cookbook and read it.
  8. They are awesome for research. Sometimes I just don’t know what I want to make. I need to look at the actual recipes, side by side. I want to see them. You can’t do that easily on your phone.
  9. They are old school. I like doing things like those that came before me (at least in this respect!) It’s quaint, it keeps me in touch with my roots. There is something comforting about it, and who doesn’t need that feeling in this fast-paced world?
  10. They are permanent. When you look at a recipe in a book, you know it’s been tested, you know it’s been verified, you know it’s going to be good. It’s never going to change. It’s constant, and there is something very comforting about that.

What do you think? How would you rather find your recipes? Please comment and share!