I am the owner of a few hundred cookbooks. The rule is that they all have to fit into the designated bookcase, which means if I buy a new cookbook an old one has to go. I subvert the rule constantly. Not only has the bookcase itself grown larger over the years but books are double shelved, tucked in horizontally and stacked on top. And still she does not stop. My latest obsession is second-hand cookbooks. You can pick up classic early-edition books at bargain prices and get your hands on a title or author you always meant to buy, but didn’t (Waverly Root, where are you?).
I know this is an obsession that many share. What is it about a good cookbook?