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The Future of Cookbooks

Posted by Clark Bunch on June 18, 2012

This article (by L.V. Anderson for Slate) argues that cookbooks will go extinct.  Cookbook sales are up and there are more cooking shows (and channels) than ever before.  Don’t confuse Anderson with the facts.

I was working in retail in 1996 when some writer or magazine predicted the end of coupons.  They were expected to disappear by the year 2000, and all the reasoning made perfect sense at the time.  Guess what.  Enter extreme couponing.

At the end of 1899 a popular magazine of the time made predictions for the 20th century.  A few of them were dead on; most were not.  One notable failure was the notion that by the end of the 20th century the alphabet would consist of fewer letters, X and Q being done away with.

I put about as much stock in the demise of cookbooks as I do in the misguided notion the Myans predicted the end of the world.  Check back with me in 10 years (if myself/ this blog/ the internet all still exist).

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