A Hamburger Today
Is the Cookbook Obsolete?
In Salon today, Jonathan Beecher Field wonders if the cookbook has passed its expiration date:
"With the proliferation of clearinghouse Web sites like Epicurious.com, not to mention the enormous number of food blogs that spring up daily, any recipe you can think of is no farther away than the nearest computer. If, as of Sunday, Feb. 25, Epicurious.com serves up nine recipes for "Yorkshire pudding," and Allrecipes.com has 43 for "black bean soup," and Googling "vichyssoise" generates 265,000 results, who needs an all-purpose cookbook like "Joy [of Cooking]" with only one or two recipes for each of these dishes?"