I love cookbooks. I have 2 rows of cookbooks on a small bookshelf. I pull out a cookbook about once a week, each week it is usually a different cookbook. I try a new recipe about once a week, I enjoy browsing through the book, reading the cook's notes, the author's notes about the food, the region and the cooking methods. My cookbooks vary in their uses, sometimes it is educational, other times they are entertaining and still other times they serve as a reference.I love to cook, and cookbooks have served as a guide down this path for me. I eat a low-fat diet, (less than 30% calories from fat). I have several High Flavor Low Fat cookbooks from Steven Raichlen. I have made many of the recipes in these books, now I have the skill and the knowledge to convert many traditional recipes to low-fat.I bake all my own bread, some in a machine and some by hand. I have enjoyed reading about the different kinds of wheat and flours.I love Rick Bayless' book "Authentic Mexican Cooking." It is filled with information that accompanies the recipes. My neighborhood has had a recent influx of Mexican immigrants and is now filled with Mexican markets. After several years of searching the city in vain for queso fresco, I can now purchase is at a half-dozen markets within 15 blocks of my house. Queso fresco is now one of my favorite cheeses, had I not read about it in the cookbook, it is likely I would never have bought it. I could not go to a web site and perform a search for a food I did not know existed.My 2 shelves of cookbooks are not an organizational challenge for me, they provide an enrichment to my life that is deeper than the space they take up. Cosmoshoping to shed some light on cookbooks
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