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I am hoping that this ‘post on finding the perfect cookbook will save you some stress and money. I’ve always struggled with impulse decisions and so when I started searching for my very first cookbook I almost bought one that wasn’t exactly my-cup-of-tea, just because I was lazy and in a hurry to fill the corner in my kitchen. Lesson learned (!), and I can honestly say that every second of researching was worth it, because I recently found the PER-FECT cookbook for me!
Finding The Perfect Cookbook For You
Beautiful, Delicious Photos.
Let’s be honest; we all value a tasty-looking photograph. I realized pretty early that I was more attracted to dark, deep backgrounds than whites but definitely take your time scanning through as much cookbooks as you can! If the photos look delicious, they’ll motivate you 100% more!
Simple, Easy Steps.
Please, please, read some recipes before you purchase any cookbook. If you have problems understanding the steps, it’ll probably fail. You need clear, simple steps that take you through the motions.
And don’t feel discouraged if you keep finding a lot of problematic recipes! It’s so much better to say ‘no’, than to buy a cookbook that you’ll never even use.
We can pretend like we don’t care… Or, we can admit that we all love a great book cover! I definitely have a soft spot for a beautiful cover! My cookbook has it’s own spot on my kitchen counter, so I basically look at it on a daily basis. I needed something that would catch my eye and make me excited to start cooking! Most cookbooks have a gorgeous cover, so go for the one that makes you want to start cooking straight away!
Breakfast? Dinner? Dessert?
You’ve got a cookbook for everything! You’re vegetarian? You’re allergic? You’ve got a craving for Italian cuisines?! Or maybe you want a cookbook based on dessert alone? I found it SO hard not to go straight for the baking section! Choose a few favorite recipes, and build from that!
I won’t deny that the cookbooks with a broad dessert section made my heart beat a little faster. However, when it comes down to practical use, you have to go with the book that works best, considering all of the above!
Side note: I knew quite early, that I wanted a Jamie Oliver cookbook. Why?! Because I’ve always wanted to make his recipes. Especially his Italian recipes. So if you’ve got no clue on how to get started: ZAP to the cooking channel!
Which cookbooks do you own?!