After that last thread I laid down some good change on some cookbooks -- some I have used and some I haven't yet.
But a question for you cookbook addicts: How do you manage the info and use all of those books? Do you just read through them leisurely and dream of food? Do you focus on one book for a while and cook a bunch of things from it and then move on? Do you go to some index when you have an ingredient from the farmer's market that you want to use? Or do you just use it for ideas and inspiration? Just wondering.
In the past I used to page through the entire cookbook, skim the recipes and star the ones I really wanted to cook, and then write on the inside of the cover the those page numbers. So whenever I wanted something new I would just pull a book, flip to the inside cover and start going down the list of page numbers until I found something I liked. It was kind of nice and sort of a randomizer of my recipes.
On the other hand, I am way too anal about clipping recipes from magazines. It started when I was living abroad and had few English-language cooking magazines and I couldn't lug around cookbooks. I would clip recipes I wanted to cook, and then file it. So if I wanted to do a different pasta dish than normal, I just pulled out the folder for something to make. If I didn't like it I would toss the recipe, if it was good enough to stick around I just refiled it back into the rotation, and if it was really good it would graduate to a 'favorites' folder. Did I not say I was anal about this? But 20 years from now that favorites folder will have some pretty damn good, family tested recipes.
Nowadays with cookbooks, I use the Eat Your Books website. I just used it a couple of days ago when I had a boat load of fresh beans that needed to be eaten. I found an interesting recipe in one of my books in about 5 minutes.