A few months ago, I was interviewed for this article, and one of the questions the reporter asked was whether or not I thought food blogs would replace cookbooks. My answer? In a word, no. I definitely visit a handful of food blogs regularly, but find that when doing so, it’s more along the lines of seeing what they’re up to and what they’ve been cooking lately, as opposed to looking for a specific recipe.
I think cookbooks offer things that food blogs don’t, and vice versa. With food blogs, we’re able to develop more of a personal relationship with the writer. We get to know about their families, their lives, and, quite honestly, them. That sort of connection is a bit harder to find in a cookbook.
But as a reformed cookbook addict, there’s still quite a bit of comfort in grabbing a drink, finding a cozy chair and curling up with a good cookbook. Spending time reading the history behind the recipes, drooling over the pictures and flagging recipes you want to try … it’s just a different feeling.
I think both food blogs and cookbooks have their own, individual place, each one giving us something different, both here to stay. What do YOU think? Will food blogs replace cookbooks?
P.S. Don’t forget, tomorrow is ARF/5-A-Day.