I posted this question on the PPK (link to thread) and thought I'd ask here seeing as my MoFo theme is my cookbook library. I have realised I have certain preferences in the books I have and what I use most often. If you answered on the PPK then don't answer here too unless you really want to.
So, to satisfy my cookbook curiousity, tell me, What DO you look for in a cookbook??
What do you like??
Are pictures important? and how many do you like to see?
Do you like large books chock full with recipes for everything under the sun, or shorter ones that fit a "theme"?
What is the price you are willing to pay? will you pay more for more pictures?
That sort of thing.
What I like is medium sized books, not too heavy, soft cover instead of hardback (I have some big ones I rarely use as I find them a little intimidating), with photos, some not necessarily all recipes, but especially for dishes which are a little unusual (I can figure out what soup should look like by myself I think).
I like themes, loose themes but I like a focus.
I like books which are interesting to read too, with helpful hints, intros that are like little stories, how to do stuff you may not know, etc.
I like books with a recipe per page, not when they are crammed in all together (another thing that happens with bigger books).
So, what do you look for in a cookbook??