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Cookbooks – How Many Do You Own? (Part 1)

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#31 IrishCream

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 01:32 AM

Yikes! 341 plus a couple boxes in the garage....make it 391. I used to read the classics. What happened to me?
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#32 Anna N

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 02:36 AM

Only 45 - how humbling...

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#33 gknl

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 03:53 AM

272 in the house.

I may have moved a few to the garage and I think my sister "borrowed" some, but don't remember which ones or how many.

Not as bad as I thought though. :wink:

#34 s'kat

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 04:10 AM

I've got 42 cooking books that I have purchased or been given. I wasn't sure if I should add the 4 3-ring binders of print-outs and clippings that seem to accumulate around me.

#35 Basildog

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 04:56 AM

About 100...but i'm not counting them :raz:

#36 hjshorter

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 05:07 AM

Eighty-two here. Less than I thought. :smile:
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#37 Vanessa

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 05:15 AM

OK guys, hold your breath: in the region of 3,500. No longer possible to count.

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#38 Marlene

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 05:28 AM

576 with 2 on order
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#39 joler

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 05:33 AM

83 - not including books about food such as Bourdain's books or Ruth Reichl's books (although Ruth's do have some recipes in them). I thought that was excessive until I read how many you all have! I guess I'll have to log on to Jessica's Biscuit later today and spend some $$$. :raz:
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#40 claire797

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 07:02 AM

I must have a little over 100. However, knowing that many of you have more makes me want to go out and acquire more.

I'm lucky in that I live near a local library and can check out as many cookbooks as I want. I know they think I'm that crazy woman who only checks out piles of cookbooks, but that's their problem.

#41 steverino

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 07:09 AM

22.
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#42 ideefixe

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 10:58 AM

About 800 in the house and another 1,000 or so in storage. I have an Excel file that allegedly tells me what book is in which box.

But this pales by comparison to all the vinyl all over the house. A friend of my 16 year old's wanted to know if my husband is a DJ.

#43 awbrig

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 11:06 AM

hopefully this post of mine wont get deleted....

I have 114 cookbooks.

#44 Akiko

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 11:09 AM

Where do you people store these things? The other day I was looking at our overstuffed bookshelves thinking... we need another bookshelf, and then I had to realize that 50% of the books on the shelves are cookbooks and I sheepishly thought, maybe I should get rid of some of these instead and make some room for my husband's stuff...

I can't part with my beloved cookbooks.

#45 nerissa

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 11:34 AM

30.

As my boyfriend is a PhD student, we have books coming out of our ears. We were thinking about buying more bookshelfs and told our friends and they laughed--said that will only encourage you to buy more books and build piles. It is one of the perks of dating a PhD student. When seedling season starts, it can get nasty--plants and books competing for space!

Seriously--where do you guys find the space to store 200 + cookbooks?

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 11:53 AM

Seriously--where do you guys find the space to store 200 + cookbooks?

I took the doors off two large kitchen cabinets. The exposed shelves plus the top of the cabinets hold about 120, including the dozen or so that are stuffed sideways into the space above the standing books.

A baker's rack in the dining room holds another 60 or so; a short standalone bookshelf at the end of the island holds 80. The rest are lurking in the living room bookshelves where they get their own section among the non-fiction, or resting in a couple of boxes out in the garage, still packed up from the last move.

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#47 Lady T

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 12:04 PM

Space? Space is FOR cookbooks. In the kitchen. By the bedside reading shelf (that's where two of John Thorne's books are sitting right now). In the literature section (M. F. K. Fisher country). Kitchen Confidential is in the bathroom (I wash my hands before AND after reading).

Somewhere around 340, Maggie.

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#48 kitwilliams

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 12:17 PM

160, give or take.

Now that we're finding out the general number of books owned within this group, I'd like to know how many actual titles are represented! :wacko:
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Posted 21 February 2003 - 12:37 PM

Well, I just looked up my Amazon.com account and realized we've bought over 65 cookbooks in the past two years through them alone! (And I have 6 on order now.) Our library has an annual book sale which is great for picking up some of the old classics.

I'm going to have to guess since I'm at the office that we're somewhere around 350.

We have two large bookcases full in the office, a cabinet in the kitchen, a baker's rack, & the side of our entertainment center. I also read tons of trash/detective/military/mystery paperbacks which take up another few hundred square feet of our tiny house. My husband has his collection of "How to Retire Young and Rich" style of books--which we might be able to do if we didn't spend so much money on the darn things! (Not to mention our 4 year old has his own huge stash--never join a kid's book club!!) :blink:

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 12:47 PM

Lily, that's

14940

including s'kat's notebooks and Marlene's pending order.

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#51 FoodMan

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 12:58 PM

Just a drop in the bucket....15

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 01:14 PM

Lily, that's

14940

including s'kat's notebooks and Marlene's pending order.

Thanks for the math, Archie dear. OK, 14955 . And counting.

So assuming that cookbook height averages 12", we have 2.83 miles of cookbooks end-to-end.

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#53 A Scottish Chef

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 01:23 PM

including the dozen or so that are stuffed sideways into the space above the standing books.

I think you've touched on a universal book storage technique.

I only have about 40 cookery books. I never, ever thought I'd feel embarrassed about this. Until now.

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 01:30 PM

My humble donation is 58 books.
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Posted 21 February 2003 - 01:39 PM

[quote name='A Scottish Chef' date='Feb 21 2003, 01:23 PM'][/QUOTE]
I think you've touched on a universal book storage technique.

I only have about 40 cookery books. I never, ever thought I'd feel embarrassed about this. Until now.[/QUOTE]
McChef: Hey, didn't I say right off the bat that this isn't a contest? :biggrin: You're out in the trenches cooking. Many of us are lolling about reading cookbooks.

That is 15.053.

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#56 melkor

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 01:42 PM

Tack on another 50 or so for my house.

#57 maggiethecat

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 01:57 PM

15, 103.

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#58 awbrig

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 01:59 PM

how much money could we raise if we sell them all on ebay?!? :smile:

#59 Suzanne F

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 02:16 PM

SELL THEM?!?!?!?!? :shock: :shock: Would you sell your children? (Oh, maybe better not to put it that way :wink: ) Anyway, the answer is NONE, because I would buy Scottish Chef's, and he would buy Maggie's, and she would buy Crumbs's, and so on around with merely a re-distribution of books and money. :laugh:

Anyway, we haven't determined how many duplicates we have, taken all together. How many of us have Mastering the Art I and II? Larousse Old and/or Larousse New? How to Read a French Fry? I wouldn't take that number out of the total end-to-end, but I'll bet it would cut down some on the number of titles.

#60 Dana

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 02:23 PM

Add 150 to the total from me.
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