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She postulates that sentimentality is really the only reason to keep print cookbooks around. And despite her admittance that she, too, falls prey to the joy that print cookbooks bring, she claims to be "OK" with their demise.
"In the future," she writes, "Cookbooks will be quirky art objects in the same sense that typewriters are today."
And she may be right. But, in the meantime, I shall choose to scoff at her ramblings.
Although I am an avid user of both print and digital media, I think that ‚Äď even in the future ‚Äď there will be room for both. Assuming that cookbooks are primarily vehicles for transmitting information and should be judged solely on that criteria, is a chief mistake in Anderson‚Äôs argument.
As one commenter on the Slate post writes, "A cookbook is not merely serving my efficiency and the need to get food on the table tonight. A cookbook offers escapism, inspiration, and, quite frankly, a tangible aesthetic experience not too far off from the tangible aesthetic experience of eating ... Yes, it is sentimental to appreciate the notes my mother wrote in her cookbook, but it is not ‚Äėnonsensical‚Äô to think this way."
Hear, hear! I raise my glass to you, wise woman.
The idea of books (generally) and cookbooks (more specifically) going extinct, is not something that makes me comfortable. Not at all.
My cookbook collection, which has grown exponentially over the years, currently tops out at well over 250 (Cookbook addict? …Read more...