Cook Books vs. Online Recipes
- As a hard up student who worried disproportionately about money, but who also loves to cook, it’s an interesting question. I love to have a recipe book in my hand, to have the full collection of recipes, introductions and photos from the chefs involved. However, I do not like the prices tag.
- Chefs have sort of cottoned onto this by bringing out cheaper than book apps and putting recipes on their websites.
- Websites and blogs have allowed people without access to a professional kitchen and a book deal to get their food out into the world. Sometimes this can end with the unsuspecting internet-goer trying a dud recipe, but sometimes it can bring up some awesome new styles and flavours of food.
My advice would be to use recipes from websites you’ve tried and tested and/or to make use of collaborative websites which have star-ratings and comments sections.
The one website that I absolutely love at the moment is
It’s fresh and stylish with detailed recipes and tonnes of great looking pictures, I’ve never had a recipe from this site turn out wrong! I’ll be putting up some of my favourite recipes from them in the next few weeks.
Recipe Books For Cheaps
Of course, there are ways of getting recipe books on the cheap, or even free… the classic Summer fetes, second hand book stalls, charity shops etc are a treasure trove of old recipe books. Some recipes can go out of fashion, but mostly the stuff will be just as good as when the book was first bought.
My top tip, though, is book swaps. Basically they are popup shops where you bring in an unwanted book from home and get to take away a book from the shop for free…there is a brilliant one in Kingly Court in London from which I have gotten these three stunners in the last week alone: