I have an old, worn copy of Sunset's Chinese Cooking. I especially like it because it is from the era when exotic ingredients weren't as readily available in the USA as they are now. Unfortunately, the softcover cookbook, while still a good source for recipes and ideas, is falling apart. I've even lost the cover and some of the pages.
I concidered taking it to the local copy shop and having it rebound in a spiral binding, but I thought that might make difficult to read some of the printing. When I was NOB, I looked for a copy in the used book stores, but didn't find one.
Yesterday, when I was looking for my errant recipe, I had a moment of inspiration. I have a binder of recipes either photocopied from library cookbooks or torn from the pages of magazines and put into a binder. Before I place them in the binder, I put them into a plastic sleeve, a page protector. Then if I use the recipe and spill something on it, I can wipe the cover clean. It's a great system, I really should use it more.
My idea was, to separate the remaining pages and place them in plastic page protectors. It took about half and hour. Now I need a better binder for them, I used a clear notebook with a clamp but the plastic is slippery and the pages are escaping, so I need to buy a ring binder when I am out and about again.
But over all I am still happy because I saved my cookbook. Now for some steamed pork buns to celebrate!