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    Cook book with no photos?

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    I just got a new Paleo cookbook, and there are no photos with the recipes.
    Is that weird?
    I gather its just much cheaper to produce a book like this?
    Not really impressed TBH.
    Do you want photos with your recipes in books?

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    i find if it is something i am familiar with making, eg a cake, i dont mind that there isnt a pic as i know what i am doing. but if it is something with many different finished bits eg meat, sauce, side veges etc. i do mind if there isnt a pic. good example here
    BBC - Food - Recipes : Bronze, silver or gold? you work out what this will look like?! it is doable but a total mission.

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    I want photos in books because I love to have something to procrastinate with and food-porn is the best.
    But I'm happy to make recipes from a picture-less set of instructions.
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    Oh I will def try some of the recipes now I have the book, but just a little bummed thats all.
    but I am sure they will be good.

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    Joy of cooking does not have pics. The first cookbooks did not have pics in them. Escoffier among others... My dad has a book from 1850 that he received from his grandmother. No pics either.

    Taking pics for a cookbook (or a menu) are a lot of work/expensive. The food needs to be undercooked so it appears like it is tasty. It used to be like this... maybe now with digital cameras it is different but I remember hearing that flash lamps used with the camera were "cooking" the food.

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    I just got The Whole Beast, and it doesn't have photos - but then offal isn't generally photogenic. I did see a new fancy hardcover version with photos though.

    Which cookbook was it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchie79 View Post
    Joy of cooking does not have pics. The first cookbooks did not have pics in them. Escoffier among others... My dad has a book from 1850 that he received from his grandmother. No pics either.

    Taking pics for a cookbook (or a menu) are a lot of work/expensive. The food needs to be undercooked so it appears like it is tasty. It used to be like this... maybe now with digital cameras it is different but I remember hearing that flash lamps used with the camera were "cooking" the food.
    Yes indeed, "The Joy of Cooking" has no pictures. Our family has gifted every new bride with the latest edition of this book, for 5 generations at least, and we have wonderful cooks.

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