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Help, I can't stop buying!

mangiaFagioli's picture

I just keep buying, some I haven't even opened. All in the last 2 weeks:

Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Cooking - this one I use, but keeps leaving my shelf. First one my mother took. Second my friend Nancy. Third John. Fourth present to niece, fifth for me (it's missing! is sixth is on the way?)

Suvir Saran - Ive been using it and like it.

Marcella Says - it was only 2.95 + shipping (those Amazon 'new & used from' offers!). Not used yet but she's the prophet

Michelle Scicolone's 'La Dolce Vita' I haven't opened yet

Essential Kerala Cookbook from Penguin - sounds great but not opened yet

I suspect there are some on the way I've lost track of. Someone please stop me!

Meanwhile I keep getting into cookbooks I no longer knew I had

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62809, reply #30 of 60)

<Tartine, Big Small Plates, and Bite Size>

I see we have the same interests. Tartine is at the top of my list; I have Big Small Plates, but haven't used it yet; and, I'm presently borrowing Bite Size from the library. I haven't made up my mind on that one yet.

But, OMG, what was I thinking . . . I just ordered seven cookbooks the other day. Five from TGC. They include, Bon Appitite Cookbook; At Home with Michael Chiarello; Barefot Contessa at Home; The Sweet Life; and, Recipes, by Susan Spungen. Then, from other sources I purchased The Union Cafe Cookbook and On Top of Spaghetti. I'm not sure what possessed me to buy the last one, although I do like the authors. We'll see. Now to get them in the house without DH seeing them.

Jean's picture

(post #62809, reply #31 of 60)

Now to get them in the house without DH seeing them


LOL.  That seems to be a universal problem. I'm in the process of putting all my Cookbook titles into a computer program. Maybe it will save me from buying more duplicates.


Anyone interested in my spare copy of Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking.?




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TracyK's picture

(post #62809, reply #32 of 60)

I will buy it from you! :-)

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Jean's picture

(post #62809, reply #35 of 60)

I bought it used. Probably for less than $10.  I'll just send it along. I have your address.


Edited to add, it's all packaged up and ready to go to the PO tomorrow. You don't owe me anything--just passing forward at least one of the favors done for me by people on this forum.




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Edited 2/2/2007 8:53 pm ET by Jean

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soupereasy's picture

(post #62809, reply #33 of 60)

I am looking to buy one of Chiarellos books. Is Casual cooking one that you would recommend?

Jean's picture

(post #62809, reply #34 of 60)

I liked well enough to buy 2 -- LOL.


If you check at http://www.addall.com/Used/  You can find one for 8-9 bucks -- or more.




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Edited 2/2/2007 5:14 pm ET by Jean

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Marie Louise's picture

(post #62809, reply #37 of 60)

My copy is so beat up, before long I am going to need a new one. Perhaps you should save yours as a spare?

Jean's picture

(post #62809, reply #38 of 60)

Need the shelf space. LOL You can understand that. It's on its way to TracyK who had first dibs.



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Adele's picture

(post #62809, reply #39 of 60)

Are you using a specific program or an excel spreadsheet?  Whichever, it does make it easier to remember.


I went a little wild a bit ago, after receiving 'A Passion for Chocolate' in the mail today.  I now have every one of Rose Levy Beranbaum's either on the shelf or on the way.  Well, except the cartoon book.  :)


I am following in your footsteps and bought from individual people/used stores, via Amazon.  The above book I ordered on 1-19 and am just now getting it, so I was sure to order from states closest to me this time.  (I don't think the one I got today was ever opened)


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #62809, reply #40 of 60)

I'm using a Microsoft Works Database specific for books. It will eventually (when I get everything typed in) give me a list or sort according to categories, etc.  Just the list will be a helpful start.


I'm up to 166 without doing any of the small books on the top 2 shelves. I'll have to take all of them down, but they need sorting anyway. A nice winter afternoon project. We'll be snowbound by tomorrow morning. They're telling all the area folks to stay home. Unusual for Michigan. I would not be surprised if many churches are cancelled.  Hee--the phone just rang and ours is cancelled - both morning and evening activities. 




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http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Adele's picture

(post #62809, reply #41 of 60)

Here's a secret- when you re-arrange the books, there will be more space for...MORE!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #62809, reply #42 of 60)

That's good, because I have at least 3 more on the way. Then I will declare a moratorium on book buying until I finish classifying the ones I have.  -- Oh, and cooking out of them -- LOL.



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http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
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Wolvie's picture

(post #62809, reply #43 of 60)

classifying..as in placing them on the computer in categories like baking, or categories like dessert, entrees, etc?


I once ( in Keyser) organized all my cookbooks by category, then author. Holy Moly what a chore. ;-)


Take pics of the organized books, and the new shelf space!


 


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Jean's picture

(post #62809, reply #44 of 60)

Some defy classification, but I was thinking more in the line of baking, food types (veggies, greens) (soups) celebrity authors, that sort of thing. We'll see how far I get. As far as  the shelves go, book size will be the determining factor. :) My new shelves are full, there still is room on top, but I'll have to move some pictures of my GKs.



Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Wolvie's picture

(post #62809, reply #45 of 60)

hmm - should be interesting.


I have a hodge podge placement going on here - some on the top of my kitchen cabinets , some in a bookcase in a spare, or 5th bedroom upstairs, and some still in boxes. BUT - I know what is where, so to speak -so when I go looking, I don't have to waste too much time. ;-)


 


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Jean's picture

(post #62809, reply #46 of 60)

I suppose I could note on the computer where the book is placed on the shelf, but I'm notorious for not putting things back in their place. It probably would be an exercise in futility. :0



Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
MadMom's picture

(post #62809, reply #47 of 60)

I've tried to classify, but that ended up not working, because so many books defy classification.  I do tend to keep books by one author together if I happen to have several.  Mostly they're classified by size, since my shelves are adjustable, so I keep really big books on one shelf, smaller ones on another, etc.  Doesn't help that much when I'm looking for something specific, though.



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CanadianCook's picture

(post #62809, reply #23 of 60)

Good God - I too need help!


I don't fancy myself a huge drinker. Recently a wonderful large second hand book store (with a surprising amount of new books) opened just down the street - practically accross the street. And they're opened late.


One day I realized they had Baking with Julia. A hard copy originally $60, but now $23. I told myself to calm down. I don't NEED this book, like I need say my job or love, and I successfully walked out the door. Yay me, right?


Well, last Friday, we're out with friends to dinner and one said - you know on the way home, you should pick up Baking with Julia. This was of course after my wife and I had consummed 2 litres of Shiraz.


Long story short. At one point in the bookstore, with an armful of books, I said to my wife, "Drinking and Cookbook shoping is not a good idea." my wife, who is normally my rock, just laughed.


I did, however, also get the Saveur Authentic French book for $12. Really nice book.


Best recent buy - paid almost full price, but Molly Stevens Braising book is so helpful and wonderful!!!


But, yeah, I too need help.

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MadMom's picture

(post #62809, reply #25 of 60)

Well, you know that the enablers among us will be happy to give you all the help you might need. 


Oh, you wanted help to stop buying?  Never happen.




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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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SallyBR1's picture

(post #62809, reply #26 of 60)

Come to think of it, it's a good thing that I don t normally connect to the internet in the evenings

after a little wine, I can see myself going to my wish list in amazon.com and having a blast!

:-)

 


 


"I was not courageous, I was inebriated"
(Canuck's suggestion, January 2007)

MadMom's picture

(post #62809, reply #27 of 60)

Hmmm...perhaps that's the answer.  Have a nice relaxing glass of wine, then open your wish list and order all of those cookbooks!


I think publishers will go bankrupt if you succeed in going a whole year without buying one, and you wouldn't want to be responsible, would you?  I try to take up the slack, but there's only so much one person can do.




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
Marie Louise's picture

(post #62809, reply #36 of 60)

They already are suffering a downturn from my change in habits, LOL.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62809, reply #48 of 60)

SallyBR1's picture

(post #62809, reply #49 of 60)

This is ridiculous.... less than a buck for the first bid

(I am feeling a bit weak)

Well, folks - let's not start bidding against each other, ok?

Let schnitzel get it and be done with it!

 


 


"I was not courageous, I was inebriated"
(Canuck's suggestion, January 2007)

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62809, reply #50 of 60)

Remember, she is coming out w/ a new edition soon...

schnitzel's picture

(post #62809, reply #51 of 60)

No, no, no, I'm not bidding. Already have a copy. ;·)

Have at it!


SallyBR1's picture

(post #62809, reply #52 of 60)

Pure evil woman you are. Super Woman, yes, but devilish... :-)

 


 


"I was not courageous, I was inebriated"
(Canuck's suggestion, January 2007)

Baconbun's picture

(post #62809, reply #53 of 60)

I just happened across these messages about cookbooks and I'm glad to find out I am not alone, as my husband calls me compulsive.  My excuse was to buy all the cookbooks I wanted while I was working and had the extra money, so that I would have them when I retired and had more time to cook.  I have been a member of The Good Cook (a cookbook club) for quite a while and would buy at least one book from each monthly catalogue.  Ultimately when I had my kitchen remodeled I added book shelves running along one side of the kitchen island, but they became immediately filled up and the collection has expanded to an entire shelf in my pantry, among a couple other places in the house.  I've stop counting how many books I have but the good news is that I have only bought one new book since December.  I have now been retired since December and have still not catagorized the books, which was my intention, because right now when I think of a recipe I want to make that I saw in one of the books, I can't remember which book it was in and I end up sitting on the kitchen floor going through a pile of books and sometimes end up not finding the recipe at all--then I think, well maybe I saw the recipe in one of the cooking magazines!!  But, I think reading all of your messages has inspired me to finally start catagorizing the books on the computer--maybe I'll start tomorrow.........


p.s. - Going in another direction, I got a portable DVD player for Christmas and have so far bought  2 cooking DVD series: Cooks Illustrated 2006 shows and Joanne Weir's Cooking Class series.  I can play the DVD's on my kitchen counter as I follow along cooking the recipes!  Is there no hope for me????


Baconbun


 


 


 


Adele's picture

(post #62809, reply #54 of 60)

Alas, there is no hope.  You can try to stop, but it just won't happen.


Wait!  Food related movies!  You neeeeeed those too. :)


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Marcia's picture

(post #62809, reply #58 of 60)

Adele is correct - you are without hope, but not without lots of company.