How many cookbooks do you have?(For the record, my mother actually has too many cookbooks, it is possible.) Many other passages had me laughing in self-recognition. This one is definitely worth a read for anyone who really likes to cook.
(a) Not enough
(b) Just the right number
(c) Too many?
If you answered (b) you are disqualified for lying or compacency or not being interested in food or (scariest of all) having worked out everything perfectly. You score points for (a) and also for (c), but to score maximum points you need to have answered (a) and (c) in equal measure . (a) because there is alwasy something new to be learned, someone coming along to make it all clearer, eeasier, more foolproof, more authentic; (c) because of the regular mistakes made when applying (a).
Ed Note: Sorry, Mom! Mom wrote to say she actually doesn't have enough cookbooks. As she points out, "Most of the time I may seem to have too many, but there are times when not enough (for example, if I want to cook bison, squirrel or bear or host a thai or japanese food gala)." Fair enough.