How many cookbooks do you have?
I have been collecting them, especially church cookbooks, for quite a while.
Love to get them when we travel, hoping to find some nice oddball recipe ... midwest: hamballs; east coast:cheese straws ... etc.
I find a particularly good recipe, I will transfer it to one of the blank back pages in at least a half dozen of my most used cookbooks.
Baking, I follow recipes [for the most part].
Cooking, it's searching for 'ideas' that fall into my comfort-food-at-the-moment mood.
I suspect I have 30-50 cookbooks, not including the huge boat anchor anthologies.
And of course, I have 2-3 BC cookbooks, from the 40s, 50s and 70s, including that one where folks say 'you know that was in that cookbook for such and such that grams made when I was growing up.
And of course, when we mention a recipe dossier here on CF, and someone speaks of a fave recipe from within, I have to go bayside to see IF I can find it.
sometime I would like to combine all the recipes and slap them in an online data base.
But, love those regional church cookbooks and the half price bookstore bargains.
One of my faves is a local 'test' cookbook that was in an auction here in a box of misc.. Church ladies apparently were individually gathering recipes for a cookbook that would be a sampler from the 16 townships that never got circulated/printed, at least as far as I can find. It has three singular notebook clasp rings and the cover is made out of some sort heavy duty laminate, similar to particle board [can't remember the name of the stuff, but it's wood].
Yeah, there's a bunch 'o ham ball recipes inside it.
But I digest ... uh, digress.
ETA ... oops, found a couple of totes in the basement filled with cookbooks ...