"Hey Nance," I asked. "Do you ever go to the library any more — the regular brick and mortar library?" She sure does. "My Edmonds library has the biggest selection of cookbooks you can imagine." How big? "Bigger than my own personal collection."
I've seen Nancy Leson's collection and can tell you that's a lot of cookbooks.
Nance likes checking out new cookbooks at the library before deciding whether or not to buy. I'd always been wary about cooking recipes from library cookbooks for fear of getting them as grease-stained and stuck together as my own. Nancy had the obvious solution.
"Take a picture of the recipe page, upload it to your computer, put it in a 'recipes' file. You can have it whenever you need it." That's a great idea, though I don't like cooking from a screen. I told her I'd rather just print it out.
"Oh Stein, you're so old-fashioned," she said. And this was news to her?
One of Nancy's favorite recent library cookbook loans this week is "Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking."
"If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need." — Marcus Tullius Cicero