On being frugal
May 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
Before I buy a cookbook, I like to try it out first. I check it out at the library, try a few recipes, and if I like it, I buy it. Here are a few I’m trying out right now.
The one open on the top is Ina Garten’s “Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That,” and it’s the only one of the three I plan to purchase. All three are fine cookbooks, but I found Garten’s the most inspirational.
For a cookbook to be good enough to buy, it has to meet my criteria…first, its recipes have to be delicious. And second, it has to be beautifully illustrated. I like for pretty much every recipe to have a picture. I rarely follow recipes exactly, and the photographs inspire me to develop my own recipes. We are gluten-free, so most recipes require some modification anyway.
Here’s one of our favorites. We’ve had this cookbook for a year now, and every recipe in it is delightful. The illustrations are lovely. You can see it is already dog-eared from only a year of use.
Buying my cookbooks in this manner prevents us from filling our bookshelves with ridiculous purchases that we never use.