Maybe you decided to learn how to cook more foods from scratch for your New Year’s Resolution, or you need to make changes to your diet like going gluten-free. By taking advantage of free resources for cookbooks and recipes, you can save your food budget dollars for new ingredients and tools.
Head for the Library
My library system has thousands of cookbooks. Each local library probably has about 100 books on the shelves. If I can’t find the type of cookbook I need or want, I can do a free inter library loan request and borrow the cookbook for 3 to 12 weeks, depending on the loan period. To save even further, I can use the scanner on my HP printer to scan the recipes I like into the computer.
Kindle a Cookbook
Almost on a daily basis, Amazon offers a variety of cookbooks, and other books, for free on the Kindle. Do a search for free Kindle books on Amazon, or better yet, see if your favorite food blogger shares free Kindle books on a regular basis. Don’t forget to check the price before “buying” the book. Amazon may not make the book free for more than a day.
You don’t need to own a Kindle to read a Kindle book. The app is available on PC, Mac, smartphones, and tablets. Check here for downloading the app for your reading device.
Put out the word
Ask around and see if your friends have cookbooks they would be willing to lend you. Offer your library in return. Make sure you don’t lend out that copy of The Joy of Cooking that you use every day.
Search an online recipe site
With so many general recipe sites out there like recipe.com and more specific ones for special topics like gluten free, you can find lots of recipes to download to your computer. If your family likes the recipe and you prefer a printed copy, then go ahead and print it out and put it in a binder. I like to use recycled paper when printing recipes to save on paper. Otherwise, I keep all my recipes in Evernote which now has a cookbook as part of their updated Evernote Food app available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
What’s your favorite way to find new recipes?
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