We all love to collect cookbooks; we have many threads devoted to our cookbook collections, which cookbooks to buy, best of the year, best of type, etc.
What about when you want or need to cull your collection?
I just have too many and I need shelf space. I've devoted a lot of time to this activity already, sifting through the books, shifting my existing book collections around, moving things off the shelves to make space.
One of the ways I've been able to cull is to pull the many baking books I've received as gifts. My friends mean well, but they don't know what to pick. Then there's the books I've gotten for a couple of bucks. Some I can't bare to part with, but good cookbooks are really easy to find second hand -- most people who inherit them don't know what's good or of value.
I realize I have a lot of books that are strictly for reference, even if they aren't reference books. I've got a lot of books that I think are beautiful, particularly candy and cookie books, that I just want to have around and just want to look through. I also have an entire shelf of various shades of Asian cooking, and I don't cook Asian food . . .
What to do? How do you cull your collection?