Will books survive because of cookbooks? Possibly, if this New York Times article is any indication:
I laughed out loud at some of the annotations reported here - Elizabeth David is so humorous in her outspokenness in her own books, apparently more so in her marginalia - and I wanted to run and dredge out my old books, and my mother's and grandmother's recipes and commune with them.
I often think about getting everything in digital form, but there is too much history in the jottings and food smears and stuck together pages. So relieved I am not alone in this.