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

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#61 HungryHoward

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 02:24 PM

A paltry 22 ...

#62 maggiethecat

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 02:26 PM

15, 275


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#63 Liza

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 02:37 PM

I'll do a count when I get home but I have a question about the parameters - can we count my Art Culinaires? They're hard bound and rather large AND (there's more? yes!) the only periodical we have to-have to keep.

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 02:45 PM

can we count my Art Culinaires? They're hard bound

Hmmm. The thin edge of the wedge. But ok. Hard bound. (Not that softbound cookbooks don't count.)

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#65 tsquare

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 02:45 PM

I used to read the classics.

Such as "Mastering the Art of French Cooking?" or Larousse?

#66 jackal10

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 03:23 PM

Err, I've just measured them - about 75 ft of bookshelves. I reckon that s about 1000 books.

#67 Marlene

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 03:38 PM

SELL THEM?!?!?!?!?    :shock:  :shock:  Would you sell your children?

There are days! :biggrin:
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#68 wingding

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 04:09 PM

300ish...plus many scraps of paper.and assorted notebooks from places that I've worked,here and there.The funny thing is,I never cook very often from recipes at this point...just use them for ideas,a sense of time and place, people &countries that I've never known,or visited a few times,a sense of the person who wrote them,...and great pictures!

#69 torakris

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 04:18 PM

131 plus 4 on the way.

Please don't tell my husband !!! :biggrin:

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#70 ElizabethH

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 04:51 PM

About 80, but clearly I'm a neophyte.

Prominently displayed in the collection: How to Cook Without a Book by Pam Anderson.

#71 indiagirl

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 05:08 PM

I have 47.

And of those two are more my cooking journals from when I was growing up - recipes in a large childish hand and collages and so on.

So maybe 45. Sigh.

I feel deprived. That's it - I'm going to the favorite cookbooks thread and ordering 5 more.

That's it. Amazon, here I come.

Excellent idea, maggiethecat.

#72 heyjude

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 05:40 PM

Since I've been outed by Jason and NSM, I admit to having rooms full including some that are on loan to other eGulleteers. I tried counting, but I felt a little like Rain Man. So, I did an estimate and I think there are about 3750 in my apartment. They cover 3 rooms and a hallway and I know where to find most titles. I enjoy them all, even the way they look on the shelves. Over the years, I've sold and given away hundreds more. People often ask me which I'd keep if I could only have 5 or 10 or 25. My answer changes often, but always includes my signed Julia Child's and my mother's Toll House Recipes. I know many people say that a good cookbook should be covered with stains from use in the kitchen, but I like to keep mine clean. I copy a recipe that I want to use onto a 5x8 index card to take into the kitchen. Then I can file it or toss it depending on the result. All in all, not a bad little hobby.
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#73 maggiethecat

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 05:51 PM

All in all, not a bad little hobby.

That, Jude is an understatement. And I admire your steps to make sure your collection stays in good shape.

But, a good point. Collectors collect, whether it be bottlecaps, art or, as Sir Peter Wimsey used to say: incunabula. (Sp.? Always loved that word)

Thanks to your motherlode, we are at 20,585. 3.89 miles.

Thanks, Indiagirl!

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#74 indiagirl

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 06:02 PM

maggiethecat - the engineer in me wonders - what average dimensions are we using for these cookbook to mile conversions?

and are we laying them end to end or stacking them like they would be in a bookshelf.

yes, I know, if the engineer in me was also not as lazy i would go figure out through some simple division but lazy i am .....

:P

#75 maggiethecat

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 06:07 PM

maggiethecat - the engineer in me wonders - what average dimensions are we using for these cookbook to mile conversions?

and are we laying them end to end or stacking them like they would be in a bookshelf.

yes, I know,  if the engineer in me was also not as lazy i would go figure out through some simple division but lazy i am .....

:P

I am using a totally unscientific average for height of book: 12 inches. And I am laying them out end-to-end.

But, hmm, if we averaged the thickness, and stacked them....how long to get to the moon?

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#76 mikey

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 06:22 PM

Another 450.

#77 snowangel

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 06:35 PM

I only own 76. But, can we count the 43 that I have currently checked out from the library?
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#78 Marlene

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 06:38 PM

I only own 76.  But, can we count the 43 that I have currently checked out from the library?

Your library lets you check out 43 books at a time?!

Edited by Marlene, 21 February 2003 - 06:38 PM.

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#79 swissmiss

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 06:57 PM

I have about 50 at home, many more at the office, and you should see my Amazon wish list... Plus hundreds of recipes printed from various websites, xeroxed from magazines, ...
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#80 snowangel

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 07:00 PM

I only own 76.  But, can we count the 43 that I have currently checked out from the library?

Your library lets you check out 43 books at a time?!

The 43 is cookbooks. I also have 6 mysteries, 2 non-fiction, 3 fiction, and Peter has 23 books checked out. Oh, and I think Diana has 8 checked out. Minneapolis Public Library rocks. You can check out unlimited (I think), they have a great selection of current DVD's and videos, and an awesome selection of cookbooks. And on-line reserving (they e-mail you when book is in) and renewing. Plus our branch is 4 blocks away.

Edited by snowangel, 21 February 2003 - 07:01 PM.

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#81 Belmont3

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 07:16 PM

I have a few over 70, with the oldest being The White House Cookbook, which was printed before the turn of the century(that would be pre-1900) and my most recent purchase was Daniel Boulard's Cooking in New York City. Quite a span!

#82 Marlene

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 07:17 PM

I only own 76.  But, can we count the 43 that I have currently checked out from the library?

Your library lets you check out 43 books at a time?!

The 43 is cookbooks. I also have 6 mysteries, 2 non-fiction, 3 fiction, and Peter has 23 books checked out. Oh, and I think Diana has 8 checked out. Minneapolis Public Library rocks. You can check out unlimited (I think), they have a great selection of current DVD's and videos, and an awesome selection of cookbooks. And on-line reserving (they e-mail you when book is in) and renewing. Plus our branch is 4 blocks away.

Oh man. I want to live next to your library! :biggrin:
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#83 maggiethecat

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 07:40 PM

Twenty one thousand, two hundred thirty one

No, books from the library don't count. Otherwise I could pad my meagre total.

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#84 Fat Guy

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 07:46 PM

I got five more in the mail today.
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#85 Suzanne F

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 07:52 PM

Show-off.

#86 maggiethecat

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 07:57 PM

I got five more in the mail today.

Creep!

That would be 21,236. 4.02 miles.

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#87 torakris

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Posted 21 February 2003 - 11:58 PM

add 2 more for me!

When shopping today and picked up a book on tsukemono (Japanese pickles), I am dtermined to make my own umeshu (Japanese plum wine?) this year.
I also picked a Cooking with Winnie the Pooh book for the kids and we just finished making a vanilla cream pudding from it.

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#88 Fat Guy

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Posted 22 February 2003 - 12:00 AM

Do galleys count?
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#89 maggiethecat

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Posted 22 February 2003 - 12:06 AM

Do galleys count?

Duh. No!

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#90 maggiethecat

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Posted 22 February 2003 - 12:10 AM

21, 238.

And that's not nearly representative of membership! I'm afraid to do the average thing.

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