1. There are too many recipe books in the shop. How do I know which to buy?
2. There are too many recipes in each book. How do I know which one to make?
3. Recipe book recipes use too many ingredients (mostly).
4. A recipe book leaves me on my own. I can't phone the author if I feel insecure.
5. Recipe book recipes don't come with ratings and hints on which ingredients you can leave out. The internet is much better for that.
6. Cooking is best done in community. It's more fun to ask a friend what to make for dinner. If I phone a friend, I get a tried and true favourite meal that will work and a free telephone support service to help me through the prep. (I also have someone to blame if it doesn't work - but the telephone support service means that this doesn't happen often.)
7. A recipe book is a purchase that keeps on costing. My grocery bill would double if I cooked to a recipe each night. All the little bits and pieces... [But maybe this is point 3.]
8. The best foods don't need a recipe. Salmon fried in a pan with steamed veges. Yum.
9. Recipes stifle creativity. Do the best chefs use them? Really? Cooking is more fun when you just make it up.
10. Using a recipe book is like cooking with big brother watching over your shoulder. I want to turn around and punch him. I can't, so instead I mess with his recipe changing beef to chicken, olive oil to canola spray and doing anything else I want. Just to spite him. Who made him the expert anyway?
How about you? Do you use recipe books?