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Cookbooks – How Many Do You Own? (Part 5)


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I've been collecting cookbooks for quite a while. Most of them stayed packed in boxes after we moved from California to Missouri due to space limitations. I am trying to downsize so we can move to an even smaller place, so began pulling in the boxes a year or so ago. I've already got several boxes of them I won't keep, my sister has taken a few and a friend took a few others. I'll get there eventually.

 

Earlier this year, I started pulling one each morning and posting photos on my Facebook page. I have a few friends who have been fascinated in seeing some of the really old ones and it has been fun for me, too. I'd forgotten about so many of them! I wish I'd started on Jan. 1, because that would have been a good way to count how many there are. I've still got quite a few to go.

 

And, bless her heart, an online friend needed to downsize, so she sent me two big boxes of cookbooks. Yikes! I know she means well, but I will likely be getting rid of most of them, as I just don't have space for all of them anymore. Not to mention that I'm always buying new cookbooks that come out thanks to some of you here with your posts about them (Vivian Howard's books!) and some of the other food groups I belong to. 

 

I love my cookbooks. I hate my cookbooks. 🙃

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Deb

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11 minutes ago, weinoo said:

 

Why get rid of the classics?  

 

I mean, Greens and the Silver Palate should be the ones on the chopping block!

Ha, ha, ha!  I use Greens all the time. Making the black bean chili this weekend and the white turnip soup soon. The Silver Palate has gone back and forth. It was on the chopping block for quite a while. Went back on the shelf yesterday. 
The tomes may stay or go. 

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We probably should have a topic for folks who are contemplating -- or actually -- winnowing their cookbook collection, and could use some encouragement and empathy. Or maybe there's one already but I've forgotten about it.

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42 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

Ha, ha, ha!  I use Greens all the time. Making the black bean chili this weekend and the white turnip soup soon. The Silver Palate has gone back and forth. It was on the chopping block for quite a while. Went back on the shelf yesterday. 
The tomes may stay or go. 

 

The Silver Palate should stay if, for no other reason, the carrot cake, which is astonishing.

 

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4 hours ago, Maison Rustique said:

I have a few friends who have been fascinated in seeing some of the really old ones and it has been fun for me, too.

 

These I'd like to see!

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