Although partly a legitimate worry if not much is thought into this issue; it still feels as if the answer is so easy that it’s ridiculous to ask. Simply put, no.
Why do we, as humans, panic and force a choice between two options that, in reality, are two different ways of approaching one topic? Isn’t this the American dream; multi-consumeristic options? Why should this be excluded?
It really should be thought of like this: the Internet as an enhancement to an already well-manufactured product, a physical book. This “enhancement” cannot exist without its roots, even if the enhancement does become a more popular means. Therefore, these “roots” will never become non-existent. Especially in this case because physical, printed cookbooks are still used.
Firstly, not everyone has accessibility to the Internet. Gasp and wow! I know, right? Whether it be due to Internet inaccessibility or lack of a computer, people just do not have the Internet. This renders the Internet option pointless. Therefore, the only other thing to do besides calling your older grandmother up asking her how to make “such and such”, is a typed-up, dusty cookbook.
Still not convinced?
The second reasoning can be complied of computer reliability. The main being a computer crash. Yes, all those little bookmarked recipes are part of the computer’s memory. You know, the one that becomes fried when the computer crashes? Yeah, starting from square one all over again; sounds like a good time. With this, may I also mention that the Internet is a scary place, full of cyber bullies and viruses and worms that like to eat your computer’s insides. This alone would make a faint-at-heart individual slide up next to a physical cookbook for cooking consultation instead of the World Wide Web.
Plus, there are those that, regardless of the Internets fright factor, like to snuggle up to a cookbook for a different instructional experience. It’s the appeal of having a physical book there to touch and mark on instead of a cold, whirring machine. Some people prefer it. I know many who do, myself included. Yes, the Internet is, in most cases, a faster means to obtain the desired recipe. Americans whom live by the slogan “The Land of Now,” please keep this in mind: just because it’s faster, doesn’t always make it more ideal.
I’m naming off all the bad about the Internet option, simply because of the pit up against cookbooks that it is being forced into. I find myself becoming more and more guilty, as this isn’t really fair for the Internet or the Cookbook. In reality, I find that a peaceful co-existence is achievable between the two seeing as they both are two, very solid approaches to cooking. I know many who use both methods in their kitchen. So, why not stop focusing on how much one or the other is better and start focusing on the real issue, cooking. That’s a hard enough task without complicating it with a fight between it’s two main instructional forces.