I love this article about well-used cookbooks. There is no better gift to pass on generationally, I think, than recipes, be they contained in a battered old edition of a beloved cookbook or a box of recipe cards, or even a notebook with hand-written favorites inside.
My copy of How to Cook Everything is rather battered. I have a softcover edition, and the spine is cracked, the edges curled, the pages marked with all variety of post-it notes and folds and little drips. But I find that most of my hardcover cookbooks not only are too beautiful to get dirty, but also are too stiff to stay open unsupported.
Maybe I'm just finicky, but many of my cookbooks are like small works of art, full of glossy pages of beautiful photos, and I thus don't want them to get dirty. This is why I'm so happy for my cookbook stand. No more propping the book open on a kitchen stool with cans of beans to keep it open! Huzzah!
But I have to say, I do like the fact that my HTCE shows the signs of wear, because this is the book that first taught me how to cook. It's also probably too enormous to wedge into the stand, so it's great that it already lies flat whatever recipe I need. And I did also just get a spiral-bound journal to write my favorite recipes in, so I'll be able to collect and create my own "custom" cookbook of sorts. This is a book I hope to pass on to someone in my family someday, or to a close friend who I know will treasure it.
What are your favorite cookbooks? Do you have a favorite cookbook or recipe collection that you want to pass on to someone? What do you do with your favorite recipes--do you clip them out and put them in an envelope, do you have a dedicated recipe journal, or do you have some other filing system for them, physical or otherwise? (Some people keep their favorite recipes filed in their brains!)