Mike Petrik books The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis. Knopf, 2006, 304 pp., $24.95. Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons. Alan C. Hood & Co., 2005, 303 pp., $17.50 (paper). Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain. Ecco, 2007, 312 pp., $15.99 (paper). Blues by John Hersey. Vintage, 1988, 228 pp., $15 (paper). In the age of the Internet, the cookbook--once and perhaps still the most likely genre to have a place in every home on a street--faces an uncertain future. With apps able to create a meal from a list of ingredients, hashtag-friendly recipe blogs like Thug Kitchen, and sites featuring every recipe from the last ten years of the Food Network, the threat of becoming mere conversation starters, status symbols, interior decoration or nostalgia incarnate hovers over every kitchen bookshelf. But cookbooks are still being printed. They might be more food photos than recipes or more celebrity chef than food, but whatever the angle, the need to offer something that makes cookbooks more than just anthologies of recipes is shaping the cookbook industry. Authors and publishers are finding some interesting ways to meet this challenge, and many are consciously leaning
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Published: Oct 10, 2015
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