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Over on The Kitchn, regular contributor Dana Velden recently posted a mash note to cookbooks — the old-fashioned print-on-paper kind, that is. Sure, it's nice to be able to find thousands of recipes with a few keystrokes, but sometimes, Velden wrote, it's better to have the limited choice of a few printed books. Books (at least those with decent photography) are visually more satisfying than a screen, Velden added. A book by a single author is full of that author's voice — something often missing from website aggregations (although not, obviously, from classic single-author blogs, such as Orangette or Smitten Kitchen). And, finally, if you love classic cookbook writers such as Jane Grigson and Richard Olney, their work can be hard to find online. Plus, it's always good to have a few books on hand for those nights when the Internet is down.