As compensation for crashing his first cooking class last night, my 11-month-old son purchased his first cookbook.
Hopefully, “The Burma Cookbook” will inspire him and the whole family to travel and experience food as one of life’s great adventures. Regardless, the volume by Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne is a keepsake, both for its quality and our face-to-face meeting with the authors.
But lest my kitchen bookshelf collapse under the weight of copious cookbooks, I try to keep my collection to a minimum. There are those how-to books (Betty Crocker’s big red book, anyone?) that I keep on hand for quick glances at proportions, temperatures and times. At this stage in my cooking life, however, I try to keep paper references to a minimum.
Sure, there are plenty of downloadable cookbooks for purchase. Sometimes it’s nice to just get a taste of a particular cuisine, author or his or her recipes without committing to the purchase price. That’s why library-card holders should check out Library2Go, a service of the Oregon Digital Library Consortium.
Featured in February and March is “Keys to the Kitchen,” by Aida Mollenkamp. This reference “for becoming a more accomplished, adventurous cook” was tapped for the worldwide Big Library Read event. To encourage library users to participate, Jackson County Library Services makes the book available for download to any and all library-card holders. Usually titles are limited for download by the number of digital licenses the library owns.