As any recipe junkie will tell you, there can never be too many cookbooks. Recipes can come from all over the place and I personally get hundreds online weekly, but still some of us love our cookbooks.
Cookbooks usually contain a bit more than just recipes. Their How to instructions often depicted explains in wonderful detail some cooking basics which new and old cooks find useful. Ways to peel certain vegetables or fruit, substitutions for ingredients and measurement charts we need to use on those days where common sense and memory are both at risk.
Vintage cookbooks are even more useful and especially fun when written in an older style and language. They often had hints for homemakers and household cleaning tips. Some explored health remedies you could pick outside or whip up in your kitchen. They had gardening tips and things you would find in a farmer’s almanac. Animal husbandry advice and stuff modern women of today would look at and say “what!”
The covers and pages were a thing of beauty and the older styles in printing also make them quite interesting.
Because this collectible is not one everyone collects just for the interest of their beauty or value, you can acquire them sometimes for pennies. However, those who know what they have will be charging a bit more.
You can find cook books anywhere there are old books, at flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, auctions, and antique shops. New editions can be had in a great variety at new book stores and online. There are churches, ladies auxiliaries and tons of groups putting out cookbooks every year. The collecting possibilities could be endless.
Some may wish to collect cookbooks by era or type. Some exist just for one type of food, while others have everything but the kitchen sink included in their volumes.
Just as you collect anything else, research first so you know what you want to find and when finding it, know what to pay for it. You should know which compilations of recipes are important, which publishers, or even what the collectible cookbook might look like.
But what you like and can afford when it comes to cookbooks. If you wish to round out your collection, attempt to purchase the unusual or rare, the beautiful or fun when looking for cookbooks. Whatever you purchase should be in great condition.
You will find many new cook books for every kind of cooking you can imagine at the new book stores in Colorado Springs. For vintage and older ones, check the thrift stores. ARC is one of my favorite book haunts and always has a great variety of cookbooks. If you watch for the color tag that is on sale that day, wonderful bargains can be had. You can visit the store in the same shopping center as King Soopers at 2780 South Academy Blvd.