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Feeding My Addiction - Again 
Oct. 13, 2010 3:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 5, 2010 2:04 pm
Before I discovered Allrecipes - I was a cookbook junkie.  Working at a school where the book companies come in and offer books to employees at amazingly low prices just helped me to feed that addiction all the more.  I was buying a cookbook, or two, every six weeks or so.  But, they were so cheap - and I knew I'd use them all the time.

After I filled yet another shelf with cookbooks, I told myself "NO MORE".  Then the Books Are Fun guy would show up once again peddling his wares.  I would circle 'round the table gazing longingly at the lovely books.  Oh the titles would call out to me "Crockpot Wonders"; "Classic Christmas Recipes" - you name it - it was there, just calling to me.  The pictures looked so wonderful.  Then I would remember I had said "NO MORE".  Back to my office I would go, but I couldn't get those books out of my mind.  I'd be so proud - the next day was the deadline to place an order and I hadn't done it - I was going to make it through without purchasing a book!  The next morning I would get to work, start up the coffee, and suddenly I would find myself in the lounge, order form in hand.  How did that happen?  Not only did I have the order form in hand - it was filled out and my check was attached!  I do not have will-power.  It's lucky I am not addicted to drugs or alcohol --- just cookbooks.

Then, I found Allrecipes.  There were so many recipes, with pictures, and they were at my fingertips with just the click of my computer mouse!  I knew I could resist those books with Allrecipes as my new wonder drug.  It worked!  I didn't buy a single cookbook last year.

Then, one day not so long ago, I opened one of my cupboards that is stuffed with cookbooks.  All those books just sitting there, being neglected.  How could I do that to them?  I bought those books, brought them home, gave them a place to rest, and now I was totally ignoring them!  I spent many hours last weekend leafing through those books; becoming re-acquainted with them and reminiscing of all the wonderful meals I had prepared with their help.  I made a few of the recipes that had been our favorites.  Caramel corn never tasted so good!  Cornbread was never better!

Today while working at my desk I suddenly remembered that the book guy had dropped books off and I had not even looked at them! I ran to the lounge and checked out the selection.  Just in time, too.  Noon today was the deadline to place an order.  Tomorrow I will be the proud owner of the Taste of Home Classic Collection book - I can't wait to try a recipe or two!
Oct. 13, 2010 3:31 pm
Mother Ann, I'm right there with you. As much as I love AR, there's nothing more cozy to me than curling up with a cookbook and finding recipes that I never would have thought to make. I buy at least a couple of new ones each month through Amazon. Those sneaky Amazonians make it so easy by emailing me lists of books they think I might be interested in (And I always am!) though sadly I have many that I haven't even had time to open. One day. They're books, for goodness sake; I can think of many worse addictions!
Oct. 13, 2010 3:41 pm
Rebecca - you're right - those books will be there when you have the time to open them up and enjoy them! When my kids were the age of your kids - I felt lucky to just get a meal on the table, let alone try to do something that would require a recipe to make!
Oct. 13, 2010 3:57 pm
I'm with you Mother Ann! I can read a cookbook like a novel. I'm the easiest person to shop for Christmas and birthdays - just get me a new cookbook! I love em all...
Oct. 13, 2010 4:18 pm
Your affliction is shared by me. I cannot pass a Barnes and Noble or Walden and spend way too much time at Amazon.com. The holiday cookbooks with their ultra rich concoctions and super appealing photographs sucker me to open my wallet without conscience. My wife no longer hides her irritation with whatever it is I bring home. How's that for role reversal?
Oct. 13, 2010 4:29 pm
I am still a cookbook addict, it's good to know there is hope. Like many of you I can sit and read a cookbook like you would a book. I have a particular interest in church/organization cookbooks. The always seem to have the best comfort food recipes. Allrecipes is great but unlike my daughter (she's 15) I don't thinks books will every be obsolete. Yes you can buy them online and have gadgets to view them with but there's nothing like the actual turning of pages, especially for cookbooks with pictures!!
Oct. 13, 2010 6:01 pm
If you are interested in past Taste of Home Annual Recipe Cookbooks, that have all of the recipes that were featured that year from their magazines, there is usually a gal from Wisconsin that has them on eBay. A couple of years ago, I got several at a lower price.
Oct. 13, 2010 7:09 pm
Hi, my name is grannygigi and I am a cookbook addict!! I, also, love the church cookbooks and read a new one from cover to cover like a novel. My husband never did understand how I could do that but he enjoyed the results!! I am now alone so don't cook so much but still love to read cookbooks!!
Oct. 13, 2010 9:10 pm
I'm a recovering cookbook addict myself. I haven't bought one in several years. (Okay, not counting the diabetic cookbooks I bought after my husband's diagnosis last winter, but I've hardly used them, honest!) The Books Are Fun guy drives me nuts. There are ALWAYS cookbooks in there! I still love to look at cookbooks, but I've managed NOT to further fuel my addiction. I do hope you enjoy your new book!
Oct. 14, 2010 3:10 am
Oh, so glad to see I am not alone! And, it appears I am with good company! I also love those church/organization cookbooks. Our school employees put together one of those years ago. I especially loved that because now I had all my co-workers favorite recipes in one place.
Oct. 14, 2010 3:58 am
Nice blog, Mother Ann. I too, love reading cookbooks but I have only purchased 2 in the last 5 years! I'm at our local library every two weeks exchanging books so I always browse through the cooking section and bring home 4 or 5. When I find one that I simply cannot live without I purchase it through Amazon and yes, Amazon will send you little "hooks" to capture your attention! They certainly are hard to resist. Still, AR is my favorite for getting right down to the bottom line with the comments.
Oct. 14, 2010 4:44 am
Lace - a few years back I discovered the library had all those cookbooks and magazines. I was in heaven. But, then, I just had to have so many of them, I even subscribed to the cooking magazines so I could have my own "clean" copies.
Oct. 14, 2010 5:34 am
Yes, I can understand that addiction too. I still long for some of mine that I left with my daughter in-law when we loved to Argentina. With Allrecipes I would not really need them but...they had some really special recipes that I miss. My Hershey cookbook, my church cookbook from Germany, and my Cheesecake cookbook...I was a fool to think I could make it without them. I'm glad that you still have yours and still can add to the addiction when that book seller comes to your school. Enjoy the Taste of Home Cookbook, I want one too.
Oct. 14, 2010 8:38 am
Glad to kow I am not the only one that cannot resist buy cookbooks. I have so many that I have some in the attic.
Oct. 14, 2010 2:02 pm
CookinArgentina, I have a Hershey cookbook, too, and a Philadelphia Cream Cheese cookbook with a ton of cheesecakes in it. Thank you for stopping in, and I hope that one day you can enjoy your books again.
Oct. 14, 2010 4:06 pm
Oh my... you have hit my square on my achilles heel! I love cookbooks too. The old ones with step-by-step pictures of how to peel a potatoe or make a sandwich just cracks me up. One of my DIL's DOES NOT COOK, but loves to collect cookbooks and has over 200. Here's the really funny part; for her B-day and Christmas... we buy her cookbooks. ?????
Oct. 14, 2010 4:08 pm
Oh, I forgot to add. And, then we borrow them. What's up with that?
Oct. 14, 2010 5:05 pm
Candice, that is funny! There may be hope for your DIL to start cooking. When my daughter got engaged I bought her a cookbook from the book guy at work. She rolled her eyes at me and put it away. I figured I had just wasted $15.00 but, she's been married over 2 years now and suddenly she is talking about "such and such" recipe out of that big cookbook I gave her. LOL
Oct. 15, 2010 2:13 pm
Looks as though there are quite a few of us out here. I have over 300 in my collection. I am trying to weed them out now that I have found AR. Still nice to sit down with the real thing once in a while.
Nov. 5, 2010 2:04 pm
No matter what I ever find online I am always referring to my cookbooks, many are well loved and still many are just waiting for me to discover them.....lol...I love allrecipes.com it is user friendly and has many comments and I love that too. but it will never replace my cookbooks.
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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