I do, however, like to discover new flavors. When I look at cookbooks, I'm looking for inspiration + for recipes that fit into my simple way of collecting ingredients + cooking. I like to buy (not too many) fresh ingredients that we use every bit of, and I prefer to spend less than an hour making dinner.
I take a picture of an inspiring meal or two from a cookbook that I've borrowed from the library, add a few personally helpful notes to it + add it to my "food" album in photos on my phone. I cook less by exact measurement + more based on what I have + personal taste. Therefore, I often don't need to record measurements.
This technique would also work on that shelf full of cookbooks that one might like to downsize. :) Pass the books on to friends over the holidays along with a bookmarked favorite + a jar of jam...or take them to a book reseller + receive a little cash along with the lovely space created.
Top two photos in this post feature pages from Jamie Oliver's 5 Ingredients: Quick Easy Food.