Cookbooks are expensive. When we're trying to curb our spending habits, a $40 tome from Barnes & Noble doesn't usually make the cut. And Jennifer is right: You need to cook some recipes before you decide whether or not a book is a keeper.
You can use library book as testers, ultimately buying the books you like, or just use them as inspiration for a few new recipes here and there.
We haven't been into our local branch in a couple of years, so we're not sure how updated the collection is. But we did get on the New York Public Library website and found a bunch of cookbooks available for download. Not the same experience, in our opinion, as having a book with us in the kitchen, but it bodes well.
Does anyone else check out cookbooks from the library? What advice do you have?