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Why I Don't Buy Recipe Books

Uncategorized Oct 08, 2019

I think a lot about what is going to be obsolete in the future: manual laborers, drivers, checkout lines, tax preparers, etc.

I think we can add the recipe book to that list. And here's why.

I can't imagine how many recipe books have been written. I would guess at least 50,000, if not 100,000. I don't think we need more recipe books!

One thing I've noticed almost every patient has is at least one recipe book. Rich, poor, it doesn't matter. I have a patient on Medi-cal (a venture between the federal government and the state of California) who lives in a fly-infested home (another story). But you know what she has? Recipe books. And lots of them. And they look new too.

Another thing I've noticed is that they sit on the shelf like they haven't been touched in years. But they look nice!

Recipe books follow the same fate as exercise machines: they seem like a great idea, but then they only get used a few times and then, they sit on a shelf and collect dust or laundry.

Recipe books have become modern day decorations. They look pretty and they're nice to glance at, but in the end, they don't do anything.

Buying a recipe book is a lot like buying cable or satellite TV. You have to buy 200 channels to get the one or two that you really want. Too bad you can't pick and choose.

If you want to learn to cook something, it's much more useful to go onto YouTube (yes I'm biased towards YouTube), and watch how they make it, rather than to read a book that tells you how to make it. I can go onto YouTube for free, see how it's made, and see the final product.

Yet recipe books continue to sell. Maybe my prediction is wrong.

The good news is that you don't need a recipe book to get fit, eat right, and break bad eating habits. In fact, it's probably the last thing you need. Unless you have control over what you eat and master basic principles of eating, then I think a fancy recipe book is a waste of time.

If you decide to buy one, great, but keep in mind that you will probably only make two or three of those recipes. Buy one that has a nice, glossy cover that will look good on the coffee table.

The recipe to control what you eat starts here:



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