My Joy of Cooking book has fallen apart. Literally. As in, it is no long in one piece. This makes me sad.
The weird thing is, I almost never use any of the recipes in that book. Wait, I take that back, I use their pizza dough recipe. I think that might be it.
But I love the Joy of Cooking. It is such a fantastic reference book. It will tell you how to cook anything. It will even tell you how to cook goat, or how to prepare a whole roast pig. And you just never know when you might be called upon to cook a goat or a whole pig.
So since I don’t actually use it as a cookbook much, I have no idea how it got to be in such rough shape. But it is. Now I am faced with a dilemma. Do I just get some big rubber bands and put it back together? Or, do I suck it up and buy a shiny new copy. I am leaning toward rubber bands.
There is something kind of depressing about a shiny new cookbook. It looks so unloved. I like a cookbook with gravy stains on it. With coffee rings and mysterious drips and folds. A cookbook that looks lived in. Maybe I should just buy a new one and smudge it up. What to do? What to do?