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Old 01-25-2011, 05:45 PM   #11
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almost always go to net for everyday stuff. that way you only see recipes for the thing you want to make. i print as well. i find i understand new methods better from my books, usually joy of cooking. i do use my books for old favorites. usually if i look for something in a cookbook, i get distracted by all of the wonderful things to make. since i won't live long enough to try them all, it is really wasted time for me.
If it has to do with cooking, it is never wasted time. Here's hoping you will be "dancing in the rain" for a very long time!
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:50 PM   #12
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My cookbooks spend most of their time in bed with me it's what I like to read before I sleep. But I would say that 90% of the new things I try come from the 'net. There is just so much wonderful information and so many great ideas out there; I can literally lose hours of time just meandering from site to site. It also satisfies my inner geek that I can analyse and compare several recipes for the same dish and come up with the best-of-the-best for our tastes.

I would say that I find at least one recipe a day that I bookmark or save onto a word document; most days it's more than that. I am sure not keeping up with getting them all tried but I love collecting them nonetheless.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:33 PM   #13
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My cookbooks spend most of their time in bed with me it's what I like to read before I sleep. But I would say that 90% of the new things I try come from the 'net. There is just so much wonderful information and so many great ideas out there; I can literally lose hours of time just meandering from site to site. It also satisfies my inner geek that I can analyse and compare several recipes for the same dish and come up with the best-of-the-best for our tastes.

I would say that I find at least one recipe a day that I bookmark or save onto a word document; most days it's more than that. I am sure not keeping up with getting them all tried but I love collecting them nonetheless.
I could have written this... describes me to a T... I also go to bed with my cookbooks, and I use Google docs to collect net recipes, so that way I have them wherever I have access to a computer... comes in handy!
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:42 PM   #14
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I have cookbooks all over the house. I wouldn't trade 'em for gold. One of these days I reckon I need to round 'em up and get/build a special bookcase for them. I use them at least as much as I do the internet.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:08 PM   #15
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I love cookbooks. I have a a ton of them. Read them constantly.

Cook from them? Rarely.

They give me ideas.

The ideas sometimes lead to internet searches for similar recipes.

I scan several, sometimes many, and sort of mix them based on what moves to me.

Source for my inspiration can be scanning food sites themselves, cooking shows, etc.

But the process is the same, I find a dish that intrigues me, and I use the internet to find several variations and incorporate what I like.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:11 PM   #16
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No, I really don't any more. I have my few favorites, with recipes I know I like. But I have easily several dozen cookbooks i've never used a recipe. I'm going to start to get rid of them.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:36 PM   #17
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I rarely use my books anymore.....in fact I don't even remember the last time. Before I moved and downsized, I had over 200 cookbooks and I either gave away or sold all but about 10 of them. I don't even miss them, as anything I want to make can be found on the internet with a lot less trouble and takes up zero space. I print out a recipe I want, and take it right to the kitchen without the hassle of an open book on the counter. All my inspiration comes from the internet anymore, and I like it that way.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:03 PM   #18
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Picture Cookbooks like "Pacific Northwest the Beautiful" and "Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet" or " The French Laundry" and " Sharing the Vineyard Table" are little travelogues as well as cooking inspiration. I keep them at easy reach and I can't resist buying new picture cookbooks both for myself and as gifts. I also have a massive Cooking Class illustrated book with photos of nearly every technique but I admit I don't use that much.

I use the internet for recipes and research. Anything from on line that I really like gets printed and put in a binder that I refer to as "Tried it, Liked it". So I'd say my vote is for both.... depending on the situation!
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:39 PM   #19
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You can have my cookbook when you wrench them from my cold, dead hands. Sure, I get recipes online, copy and paste, compare, refine, play cook...enjoy. But, my cookbooks...those are cherished.

As a matter of fact, I just ordered 5 more from Amazon.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:56 PM   #20
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As a matter of fact, I just ordered 5 more from Amazon.
Did you check for the Kindle versions?
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