A food safety expert from the United Kingdom says that cookbooks have so much potentially harmful bacteria clinging to their pages that they should be banned from the kitchen. According to Richard Conroy, home cooks are underestimating the food poisoning dangers posed by simply leafing through their favorite compilation of recipes.“We’ve all got them at home—rows of cookbooks in the kitchen that sit there, gathering bacteria, until we dig them out and start preparing a meal. They are a biohazard waiting to happen,” he told The Sun newspaper. “And when you splash the pages of a cookbook with the food you’re cooking—as many of us have—you’re only adding to the problem. The opportunity of cross-contamination when flicking through a recipe book is tremendous.” READ MORE