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Who reads recipe books to unwind!? (or now Chow!)

I have always found recipe books the best way to forget the worries of the day. Especially before bed. News gives ya nightmares. Books you have to concentrate to much. Recipes books you can flip and daydream about making fun new things... Just found Chow and I have to say its taking the place these last few days!

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  1. I do! All the time. I keep a fresh stack of cookbooks by my bed.
    I really like surfing the net for interesting food blogs too. I spend much more time on the internet in food searches than anything else :)

    Welcome to Chowhound!

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    1. re: sedimental

      Thanks! I am amazed at blogs. How do people find the time?! and just now I found my first blog of blogs! talk about rip off lol

    2. I do read recipe books, but I don't think I find them as my sources for "unwinding". I probably spend more time concentration in recipe books than typical because I usually try to compare multiple version of the recipes for the same dishes and try to imagine the efforts of the difference. There it can be energy draining for me to read recipes.

      I do find kitchen knives book and knife sharpening books to be more relaxing -- for me.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        oh yes. if you have actually decided to make one of the dishes you can drive yourself crazy looking up and comparing recipes looking for the common denominator and how and what you think the recipe should work and turn out.
        I did that before xmas spent way to much time over thinking recipes and not actually making anything.
        Its amazing how many variations there can be on a 'standard' recipe.

        1. re: daislander

          <looking for the common denominator>

          Yeah.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Same here.

            Then I look for unique twists on the same recipe that is a standout.

        2. Recipe books, chow and Saveur. Lately my go-to reading cookbook are the Momofuku, not only recipes but little storiess about David Chang's journey to chefdom

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          1. re: YAYME

            I love that. Ill take a look for it. There is a older cook book called 'Mediterranean Light' by Martha Rose Shulman that is wonderful with little stories about how she came across the recipes, very endearing and good recipes!

          2. I do the same thing. Read cookbooks, re-read cookbooks, watch old episodes of Julia Child, read online blogs, and chowhound.

            1. Guilty as charged. First cookbooks and cooking magazines, then chowhound, then bed.