Over at the blog, The Cookbook Man, there's a very interesting entry called The Cookbook MANifesto.
Basically, it a series of rules about cookbooks - buying, using, and writing them. It's presented as a cloud series, and you can print a PDF of the entire collection, but here are some rules in the buying category that hit home:
- Don't buy a cookbook because everyone else has it.
- Just because someone can act or sing, doesn't mean they can write a cookbook.
- If there are tons of ingredients you cannot pronounce, move along.
- You should love the images.
- If it makes you drool, that's a good sign.
- You should be able to actually make the recipes inside.
- As a rule, you may make 6 - 8 recipes out of any given book, so see if you can find those first.
Photo courtesy of Terry Freedman