Time to face the music with my Weight Watchers update this week. I’m disappointed to admit that in the three weeks that I didn’t get to weigh in, I gained three pounds. In fact, I almost gave up when I realized the scale wasn’t going to go in my favor. And then, I remembered that I would have to tell you all that I had given up since I promised to update you each week. So I went to my weigh in on Wednesday, hopped on the scale, and beat myself up for a little while. Then, I started all over again. Well, I shouldn’t say all over — I’m still down more than 13 pounds from when I started.

This week was full of books. I told you about the cookbooks at my son’s book fair earlier this week and about finishing reading “As Always, Julia.” I loved how Julia Child referred to the writing of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” as working on her “cookery bookery.” So I thought I’d stay with the cookbook theme for this weekend’s reads.

  • Smithsonian discusses the difference between using traditional cookbooks and e-readers, searches and apps for recipes and wonders “Will websites and e-readers ultimately replace the tried-and-true hard copy cookbook?”
  • I recently discovered that singer Sheryl Crow has written a cookbook with chef Chuck White. “If It Makes You Healthy” contains more than 100 recipes inspired by the seasons. Barnes & Noble has a video on its Facebook page in which Crow explains why she wrote the book and why she eats organic.
  • Care2 shared a list of 5 essential vegan and vegetarian cookbooks.
  • Tonic lists 9 cookbooks that changed everything. Of course Julia Child’s masterpiece is on the list, but you might be surprised at some of the others.
  • Here on MNN, there’s a piece on a $625 cookbook! “Modernist Cuisine: The Art of Science and Cooking” is a 40-pound, 2,400-plus page, five volume cookbook that is being both praised and questioned by experts.
Enjoy your weekend!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Cookery bookery
MNN's food blogger Robin Shreeves brings you food news and items of interest from around the Web for your weekend reading.