For as long as I can remember, I’ve always read cookbooks. And when I say read, I mean cover to cover as if it were a normal fiction book. I’ve even been known to whip out a cookbook on an airplane to pass the time (you should try it – cookbooks are awesome plane reads). I never thought this was a weird habit, but I’ve come across a few people in my life who thought it was a little strange. In fact, my high-school college counselor thought this was such a “unique” trait that she made me write my college essay about how I read cookbooks for pleasure. Honestly, I thought it was a super random topic and it wasn’t exactly the most thrilling essay, but I wasn’t going to argue.
I’ve always believed that anytime you are trying to do something, you should read up and research it as much as possible. When I started running half-marathons, I read everything I could about the subject from training plans to nutrition guides. I did the same thing when I started attempting to cook actual non-dessert food (cooking and baking are seriously two separate parts of the brain). Maybe it’s the History Major in me, but I love doing research. My favorite part of writing my dissertation was going to the National Archives and digging through all the documents…..I really am kind of a nerd, aren’t I? I guess this is why I’ve always loved reading cookbooks. It’s one of the best ways to perfect your baking. They provide practical tips, new recipes to try out, and, if you’re lucky, they’ll provide inspiration for your own baking creations.