Barbara Fisher talks about cookbooks and the cooks who love them over at Tigers & Strawberries:
No–I think it is more fun to give the bookish cook a real live book, and see their eyes light up with joy upon unwrapping it. You can just tell that he or she wants to just open the book and dive in nose-first, but they know it is impolite to do so. This means that they have to contain their enthusiasm for a time, and it is fun to watch them squirm.
She also says, “…For the bookish cook, cookbooks are meant to be read as much as they are meant to be cooked from.”
…One of the books she recommends is the Veganomicon. Heh.