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The first step is admitting you have a problem….

I have goals. I had a mini-goal this weekend to make some progress on the hobby room. While organizing, I was reminded of Vegetarian Archivist’s flickr stream and paused to take a picture of my books piled together.

Piles of Cookbooks

While gathering them up into piles, I noticed two special ones. One, I’ve had since a very young child.

Special Dishes for Special Days

I guess I made a lot of deviled eggs or something.

Special Dishes for Special Days

The other was from my grandmother after I admired hers often. It’s the one I used the most.

Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook

I miss you, Grandma.

I used it so often that sections are coming off the spine.

Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook

Now. Do I keep all these cookbooks are whittle it down? And, if I whittle it down, how much is reasonable? Most of the time when I’m looking for something to cook, I look online. Even with cookbooks I specifically want to cook from, I look online to see if anyone has a favorite recipe from it!

[edit:] Oops, missed one! Vegan with a Vengeance. 🙂

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7 Responses

  1. Hi digiFOO

    Great pile of cook books you’ve got there! You’re obviously very healthy and like a lot of vegetarian cooking 😀 I’m jealous of your book from your Grandma. I think as the oldest, all the cook books I messed with as child were passed on to 3 siblings and heaven knows where they are now.

    I know what you mean about the ease of searching online for a recipe but nothing will replace the tactile nature of leafing through a book and conjuring great feasts even if they never come to be baked!

  2. Thank you 🙂 Yes, I was surprised to find the old childhood cookbook. I thought it had disappeared long ago. When young, I never realized the importance of keeping the firsts. And, I think that that is my first cookbook. Maybe your siblings still have them 🙂 That’d be fun to see what you and they cooked a lot.

    Indeed. I have a table full of great feasts. Wonderful way of looking at it 🙂

  3. I recommend you whittle it down to one shelf-load. I think that one from your grandmother is so special. I miss my grandma too!

  4. Yes’m. One shelf-load. Right now all the books are up in the studio/hobby room. I’d like to put one in the kitchen for those times I forget stuff like how long the egg sits in the water. That’ll probably be Grandma’s cookbook 🙂 Right now, I run into the living room and google it 😉 Book would be faster for that.

  5. oh, PS! You could probably find some binding glue to order on-line, to fix that binding!

  6. I hope you keep your collection and edit when necessary. Give each book a star rating if the process becomes too challenging. Grandma’s cookbooks deserve five-stars!

  7. Oh so true! A friend suggested that I cook a recipe from each book and use that rating as well. That’s a lot of cooking! Heh 🙂

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