I like OLD cookbooks because they use real foods. Most of the cookbooks nowadays seem to refer you to some name brand redi made stuff or mixes. I do not buy any new cookbooks at all. My favorite cookbooks are old English ones and old baking ones. You wouldn't believe some of the bread and roll recipes I have from the late 1800's. I typically go to estate sales to get my cookbooks and also old patterns (sewing) and craft magazines.