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Do you use an iPad in the kitchen? How about following online recipes? We found a recent article in the NY Times based on the idea of apps making cookbooks obsolete.

What do you think? There’s no doubt that technology can enhance learning. It helps make complex tasks understandable and even entertaining. Online videos can walk even the most novice cook through the steps to deliver a delicious dish.

But before we embrace a future of a smart refrigerators reordering milk directly from the store or Chef Ramsey holograms critiquing our kitchen techniques or Rosie the Robot (from The Jetsons) handling all the cooking for us, we’d like to honor our old (and old-fashioned) friends — the printed cookbook.

A good cookbook is dog-eared, flour-dusted, stained, scribbled on and much-loved. It’s not only functional but has sentimental value. Like a certain scent or song, a favorite recipe triggers memories. With notes added in the margins from various generations of cooks (mom, grandma, crazy Aunt Betty), a family cookbook is history at its best. You can watch food fads change over time, mark the winning desserts for quick reference, and never worry about Internet connectivity to thumb through the pages for inspiration.

Some of my favorite books include a much-loved Wilson Farm cookbook. I got a McCall’s cookbook for my hope chest (“A good cookbook helps a good marriage”) and every time I pick it up, it reminds me of my mother. I also have a cookbook inscribed from Julia Child, which I love. – Paula

Do you have a treasured cookbook? Share your favorite cookbooks/recipes/memories by commenting below.

As a very wise woman used to say: Bon Appétit!

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