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Jul 21, 2007 12:31 PM

Are You Getting Lazy - Like Me?

I went to the local farmers's market and bought a lovely 16" farm raised trout for dinner. I thought how I would cook it all the way home. And then, instead of going to one of my 100+ cook books I went on line! Did the usual google and Home Cooking on CH. But you know, I decided to tackle it tomorrow as I don;t really have time to review enough different reicpes in the myriad of books and most of them are simply variations of what's on line anyway. It seems like I am inreasingly using online search engines and then doing my variation on the theme that strikes my eye. I think I'm losing something, but there is ALWAYS such time pressure!

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  1. Why is that lazy? It's like being able to look in all your cookbooks at once!
    My books are for reading/browsing, and I love them, but I'm online if looking for something specific.

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    1. re: Pylon

      Because my training is as an academic and I am of a gnereation where I still feel the need for paper? That's the best explanation I can come up with...

      1. re: swarttav

        Think of it as a library, where you just sit there and ask for books and they magically appear, turned to interesting pages! I am AARP eligible, a long time library person (wow Dewey decimal?) and I online search like no tomorrow!

        Mind you I love reading my cookbooks! Keeps my mind ready to spot-on cook . i.e like a fresh trout. But If I had such a fresh trout, I'd google if I could not think what to do.

    2. I do understand very well what you are talking about. I have (or rather had) a pretty extensive cookbook collection but some of them I had not opened in years because it seems like I end up scouring the internet for recipes. I recently went through my cookbooks, kept the ones near and dear to my heart and the ones I no longer wanted got sent to the library book sale. It was sort of like saying goodbye to old friends but some of these cookbooks I had probably not cracked a spine on in ten years.

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      1. re: Hooda_Guest

        My mom has collected cookbooks for 30 years or so, and has a mountain of them. My sister doesn't cook much, so most of them will come to me when I want them. But I'm sure google will still be the most used resource.

      2. First I want to thank you all for reassuring me. I'm a prof and worry that my students don;t actually read enough and find myself doing the same thing - perhaps its a paradigm shift. On the other hand I flunk any paper using wikipedia as it is an unvetted source - not that cookbooks are vetted (except by sales and reputation). But since it is summer and I am writing a particularly difficult maunscript I probably am being too introspective. Thanks for all your sage advice.

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        1. re: swarttav

          I think you make a great point. I use my cookbooks, and then will also look at the internet for inspiration, but I don't use the recipes I find on the internet.
          I usually combine recipes, its pretty rare for me to find one that suits my tastes. I also get a bit overwhelmed. I find my that most of the recipes I use come from food magazines or multiple magazines.

          Now if I could figure out what to do with these Ahi steaks....

          1. re: swarttav

            I do a lot of research in my profession and have learned the limitations of the internet the hard way. From what I understand, the first few pages of what pops up on search engines are not the most important, but what are the most popular. They can also therefore be the most incorrect.

            For recipes, I often want the traditional and, dare I say, "authentic" version (even if I'm going to make changes) and will prefer to check old cookbooks, many of which I've bought in used bookstore or estate sales. Once I find the traditional recipe, the old cookbooks give me a better idea where to search on the internet. The internet can give me access to foreign recipes in their original languages and provides translation tools. I've learned to find pretty much anything I want.
            I've ordered ingredients on-line and even had things overnighted FedEx.

            The Internet is a great research tool - but that's all it is - a tool. Wiki can provide some useful hints but you have to follow them. You can't expect either to do the work for you. A lot of what they spit out is junk and it's really lazy to just take what pops out. You get what you deserve for the lack of effort.