I am a huge fan of cookbooks and new recipes. I collect them like other people collect stamps or Star Trek memorabilia. There is nothing I love more than a nice cookbook with lots of color photos to tempt me to make the different dishes. The first problem with my cookbook collection was the amount of space it required to store it. The second issue was that I could never remember which book had a specific recipe in it and sometimes I spent hours searching for them. Other times I just gave up and made a different recipe.
I always had a small television on my kitchen counter and my husband was forever trying to get me to add a computer so I could put all my recipes on it and eliminate the books. The problem with that was that I couldn’t give up any more counter space to add a computer.
The solution came about several years ago when the touchscreen computers became readily available. Now I have one machine that does everything I need it to do. It is a television, radio and cookbook all in one. It gives me access to hundreds of websites full of recipes, I can play my favorite radio station, watch a movie or surf the Internet. I can also split the screen so I can watch TV on one side and have a recipe up on the other side.
While this hasn’t eliminated the need for all of my cookbooks, it has allowed me to down-size to a point where I can live with it. I gave away 42 cookbooks that are available online and didn’t lose any recipes. It also makes it so much easier for me to find a recipe as I can do a search rather than searching through all those cookbooks. The only thing I miss is the feel of the cookbook in my hands. There is something about holding that book and flipping the pages to browse the recipes. It’s just not quite the same on the computer.