Saturday, 6 November 2010

What do you look for in a CookBook - BONUS!

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??


Elizabeth said...

I like cookbooks that aren't too overwhelming in size and number of recipes. Pictures are definitely a plus. If the picture looks appetizing, it might one of the first ones I try from a book. If there is a theme, I think that helps as well. I have cookbooks that are enormous and sadly I don't really use them. While they cover a lot of material, I feels it's sometimes too much. I think you and I are on the same wavelength in terms of what we look for.

Mandee said...

I have to agree that photos are important, especially for meals that might be hard to picture in your mind.

I also like medium sized books but I won't be put off by a larger book.

Chantal said...

I am starting to have quite a few recipe books myself. I find that I don't like books that give me too much leeway in the recipes... I have a book in mind that says "egg replacer worth one egg" instead of telling me "flax egg" or "soy yogurt." I hate that. I like to be told how much salt to add as well. I like soft cover as well. Stories are nice, so are pictures. I also like books that uses underused unprocessed ingredients such as barley flour or buckwheat, but not those that rely too much on fakes... especially fake cheeses. Not that I don't like them, but I don't need to be told how to use cheese. I have not always been vegan, so I have a pretty good idea already. I like theme books. If I am not a salad eater for example, I can just not buy a book on salads. I don't feel that there is a chunk of the book I have that is of no use to me. Yeah, I have quite a few books... some of them I just never use. I can't wait for yours to come out. I have been making your chocolate-avocado pie for over a year now. I can't even bring it for lunch at work without one of my coworkers asking why I didn't bring her a piece! She wanted to trade some of her lunch with me, she was desperatly looking through it for something vegan. That made my day!

Carla said...

You should tell your co-worker to buy my book!! Then she can bring yummy treats to share with you.

Linda said...

I like pictures for inspiration, something that catches my eye as I'm flicking through. I like themed books so you know where to start looking, and recipes that give subs eg healthier options, fruits that also go well in the mix. I also like recipe titles that tell you something about the ingredients in the recipe.

Jeni Treehugger said...

Pictures are THE most important thing for me. I am more tempted to make a recipe if I've seen a photo of it so I want photos of everything please.
I like recipes with easy to come by ingredients because so many vegan things I just can't get like cheese and agave nectar etc etc (mind's just gone blank!).
The size of the book doesn't bother me but I do like a wide selection of recipes to choose from and not necessarily a theme.