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Morbidly obese cookbooks


Weighing in at nearly six pounds, David Thompson's Thai tome wouldn't get any exercise in my house

Weighing in at nearly six pounds, David Thompson's Thai tome wouldn't get any exercise in my house

It seems that it’s not only us humans that are putting on the pounds but our cookbooks too. MobyLives points to a couple of interesting articles which have documented something that I always thought in the back of my mind; that cookbooks seem to be getting fatter.

I have several cookbooks at home, one giant beast of a book that’s theoretically my catch all general recipe book and then a large number of smaller cookbooks dedicated to a specific subject (vegan cooking, cooking with potatoes, slow-cooker recipes, etc). And despite the fact that the general book has nice photos, and avoids recipes with the pre-requisite arms length list of exotic spices that many modern snobby cookbooks contain, I usually pass it by for the smaller more specialised volumes since they are so much less daunting.

I suppose what I’m getting at is if you need a six pound text to explain Thai Street Food you have either opened a restaurant or your book is too big. Publishers, heed my warning and trim the fat, our books are morbidly obese.

What cookbooks are essential in your kitchen? And how much do they weigh? Add a comment and let me know I wonder if I am alone here?

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One Response to “Morbidly obese cookbooks”

  1. A copy of “Joy”(my catch-all), a wild game cookbook, an cookbook for Italian that understands there is more than tomato sauce, a few chili books that also act as folders for every chili recipe I clip, and a binder for all the other recipes I have clipped, I guess that one is a cookbook I compiled myself.

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