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An Idea for Too-Many-Cookbooks Gulit

marie-louise's picture

I read this idea somewhere recently & I liked it so much I wanted to pass it on. I don't think it was here, but my apologies to whoever posted it if it was. Anyway...

Every week, pull out one cookbook you've never used/ read/ whatever. Thumb through it & find something new to cook that week. The next week, move on to another forgotten gem.

This week I am cooking out of the The Armenian Table by Victoria Wise. She was a chef when Chez Panisse opened-an updated version of the recipe for the first meal ever served there is in the book. (Braised Chicken w/ Green Olives & Turnips.) I bought it long ago & never even read it. (I grew up w/ a lot of Armenians & always wanted these recipes.) Tonight I'm making Armenian-style pilaf, which has vermicelli in it. It is what Rice-a-Roni copied. Later in the week I'm going to make Marinated Yogurt Cheese, and maybe real String Cheese if I'm feeling ambitious. Then the Braised Chicken.

Then I'm going to put it away & move on to the next book I never used. I'm guessing I've got about 30 cookbooks I bought and never really even read-let alone cooked from.

I think this will be fun.

butterscotch's picture

(post #62730, reply #29 of 66)

You're definitely not the only one. I always do what you do. Once my craving to acquire something new has been sated, I can take some interest in my old belongings again.

pamilyn's picture

(post #62730, reply #24 of 66)

I have not cooked from Hot Sour Salty Sweet either. It was expensive too. I think it was Wolvie who told me to "Get cooking" from that book. Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

marie-louise's picture

(post #62730, reply #31 of 66)

I have all of their books (except the baking one). I haven't cooked from any of them, but they are such interesting reads, I feel like I got my money's worth just from reading them. (I keep them in my nightstand bookshelf.) But this is exactly the kind of book I was talking about; it would be fun to skim through again & find a couple of recipes to try some week.

courgette's picture

(post #62730, reply #32 of 66)

The only one I have is the baking one - and no, I haven't baked anything from it. But I like it....


 


Mo

suzstreet's picture

(post #62730, reply #33 of 66)

Hi Marie Louise, cookbooks are like fabric, you never know when you might need it!

Doughfingers's picture

(post #62730, reply #36 of 66)

You hit the nail on the head by comparing cookbooks and fabric.  I'm also a quilter and work during the week for one of the major quilt fabric manufacturers.  I had an enormous stash before I started working there but now it's making me wish I could rent a second apartment just for the fabrics!

suzstreet's picture

(post #62730, reply #37 of 66)

Yes for sure you are right, I have both fabric and cookbooks which date back almost 30 years! You have a dream job!

Doughfingers's picture

(post #62730, reply #38 of 66)

I've also been quilting for at least 30 years and yes, I do have a dream job.  Also am cashier at a neighborhood bakery on weekends.  If the baker/owner was a nicer person I could honestly say I have two dream jobs!  At least the bakery has high quality stuff.  Not a mix in the place.  Even the filling in the bearclaws is made from scratch.  So that part I like and the people who come there are really fun.  It's just Joe that can make things difficult for the rest of us.  Anyway, you know that saying "the one who dies with the most fabric wins"?  Well I'm going to win!


 

transona5's picture

(post #62730, reply #39 of 66)

And I also have the opposite problem - stuff vanishes without a trace. I no longer have the BH&G plaid cookbook (and I don't remember what recipe I was hunting for, for a person I don't remember - is this how the old age thing starts?) Also missing my Jewish bread bakers book. I did find my copy of Joe Ortiz's Village Baker, though.

I don't know if you got an official welcome, but, Welcome! Stick around and post to your hearts content. We're a tame bunch here (heh heh), and the outpouring of knowledge, plain ol' camraderie and good will around here is remarkable for a public message board. And that welcome goes out to you too, suzstreet.

As far as fabric goes, I think my mama won! LOL Bolts and bolts in a room of its own, and I don't know what to do with it. Hey, I know how to sew, I have a cedar chest full of quilt tops mama and grandma made (and another one in Ky.), so I guess i'm alright...

 

 

Doughfingers's picture

(post #62730, reply #40 of 66)

Thanks for the welcome!  I'm also a member of the Baking Circle (I'm Knead2quilt over there)  but it's changed so much over the last year or so that it's not much fun any more.  KyleW can tell you about that -- maybe he already has!  One thing that impresses me with this group is that you can actually have an intelligent discussion without people getting ugly with each other.  I found the one about the Dixie Chicks and felt that sort of adult discussion couldn't happen at the BC.  Too bad, but it could be my days there are numbered and I'm so glad to have found this place.


I love baking bread.  Today I have ciabatta (Rose Levy Beranbaum's "Bread Bible") and yeasted multigrain bread (Peter Reinhart "Bread Baker's Apprentice) going at the same time.  I think I've lost my mind because I live alone (in San Francisco) and how I'll finish two loaves of bread at the same time (the freezer is crammed so that's not an option) I'll never know.  Guess I'll share with down-the-hall neighbors.  Also like to make cookies and coffeecakes are fun too.


Well, I didn't mean to hijack this thread and turn it into a "let me introduce myself" thread so I'll end this now.

transona5's picture

(post #62730, reply #41 of 66)

Don't worry about hijacking threads. The tangents we go off on are the best part! I've posted on the CMT board and some of us have been scolded, gotten bad boy/girl e-mails threatening to suspend our accounts for going off topic, had entire threads deleted because we posted recipes...I never knew civil conversation was such a subversive thing!

 

 

pamilyn's picture

(post #62730, reply #43 of 66)

What is the CMT board? Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

transona5's picture

(post #62730, reply #46 of 66)

It's one of the Country Music Television boards. There once was a general topic board, but it was closed because of the venom spewed toward the "libs" that posted there. Of course everyone stood around saying "Who me? It wasn't our fault, it was their fault", so, everyone gravitated to a show board that was empty, which was subsequently closed as well for the same reasons. Now they're on another unused show message board and it just continues to go on and on... Fundamentalists, Judas sheep, mindless faux-patriots.... and the rest of us are treasonous liars that "spin" the truth. And boy, did I get a reaming when I said I wouldn't watch Fox news if my life depended on it - I wonder if some subliminal thing is happening there. Their viewers seem weak-minded enough... If these are my "peers", then just shoot me now. As much as my BP flies through the roof, it does make for some entertaining and quite frightening reading. And I can be quite vicious in my replies knowing that someone will make their finger sore, hammering on the abuse button; because those zombies wouldn't want to hear the truth, now would they?

 

 

pamilyn's picture

(post #62730, reply #50 of 66)

Oh MY!

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

transona5's picture

(post #62730, reply #51 of 66)

At least I get to talk to nice people somewhere else (they recognised me and pushed me toward a private site). The new cuss word is "Libs". It's the new RED. It's used in the same manner and vitriol one would use pedophile, murderer, rapist, or Nazi. Do they say, " I just went to my liberal baker?", or, "I really like my new Jewish neighbor", when going about their daily business? The way their labels and their perceived....I can't even describe it - preconceptions? that they have, have seemingly overtaken their lives - it's downright bizarre. Everyone has a label now? All for the false goodness and safety of their You Ess of effing Ay - the same one they'll be complaining about in a few years when their house of cards fall down. And God help you if you're even remotely Middle Eastern in appearance - ain't no good Christian values and acceptance coming in your direction...

This is MY country, and i'd really like if the people not worthy of scrubbing my boots would stop already with the self-serving armchair quarterbacking.

I'm off my box now...

I think I wee'd myself with that rant LOL

 

 

pamilyn's picture

(post #62730, reply #52 of 66)

Again....Oh My!!

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

pamilyn's picture

(post #62730, reply #42 of 66)

Welcome to cooks Talk. You will have fun here. It is sort of addictive though!! ;) Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Regality's picture

(post #62730, reply #47 of 66)

For years each week/month, I go through the cookbook on the far right end of the shelf, make a list of the recipes I want to try, or the ones I want to make again.  When I have finished with that book, I put it back on the shelf at the far left side.  That way I eventually use all the books, or toss the ones that I find are not useful.

 


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Sondra's picture

(post #62730, reply #48 of 66)

Now, that's a brilliant idea.  Mind if I coop it??????  lol

Regality's picture

(post #62730, reply #49 of 66)

Coop all you want.  Heck, you can even co-opt it if you want. ;-)


 


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butterfingers's picture

(post #62730, reply #44 of 66)

I am SO out of control. I have 3 Ikea bookshelves filled with cookbooks. I buy magnetic pages (like those used for photo albums) and use them in larger, white binders for recipes I have clipped through the years. I work on a Mac (both at home and at work), so I cannot use most of the recipe database software out there, but I just copy and paste into a MS Word document and do a search when I need to find something. If I could live to be 500, I could NEVER make all of the things that I copy, clip, or stash away on my cookbook shelves. Occasionally, I cut a deal with myself that I will NOT buy any more books until I give away some of my collection. It is a arduous task deciding what must go to my library's used bookstore. I will not let myself buy another bookshelf for cookbooks. I have an easier time parting with clothes than with cookbooks (and I am an AWFUL clothes horse). Do you think there is a 12-step program for people like me?

Doughfingers's picture

(post #62730, reply #45 of 66)

Know what I did once at the Baking Circle?  We were having a similar discussion about being addicted to baking/cooking books and what to do with ones that we didn't use.  So I had an on-line "garage" sale.  I made a list of the books that I decided needed new homes and posted them along with my "public" email address.  Several members liked what I had to offer and I sold about $100 worth of books.  It worked well for all of us.


I'm not a clothes horse at all.  In fact, most of the time you'll find me in jeans and a t-shirt.  Baking toys (I can't resist those pretty bundt pans), books and then there are lots of quilting books and tons of fabric.  My apartment isn't big enough for me and all my stuff any more!

butterfingers's picture

(post #62730, reply #61 of 66)

I've thought about selling some of them, but my library's used bookstore gives tax receipts and it is SO much easier to just drop them off and be done with it. The problem is, I can't seem to get out of there without picking up another one!

Doughfingers's picture

(post #62730, reply #62 of 66)

I know how it is, butterfingers.  Then you can only try to bring home a book that's a little smaller and won't take up as much space on your shelves!  That happens to me when I go through closets and get rid of stuff.  The next weekend there'll be an irresistable garage sale and it's easy to justify getting new stuff because getting rid of my old stuff made room for new stuff.  You can't win!

marie-louise's picture

(post #62730, reply #64 of 66)

I've been thinking about doing a big purge. It is bugging me to have all these cookbooks I don't use.

Sorry about that typo, Jean!

Jean's picture

(post #62730, reply #66 of 66)

I love it. Makes it sound like the disease it is. :)



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joanne's picture

(post #62730, reply #53 of 66)

Interesting thread........too-many-cookbooks GUILT???? hmmmm....i have been made to feel that way about my vast collection *L*....but i love ALL of my cookbooks and i would NEVER part with any of them....i bought 3 more this week, plus have a few on loan from the library.....i dont feel the need to cook from each and every one of them.....i rarely follow a recipe, but i have learned most of what i know about cooking, just by reading my treasured possessions.....storage is becoming a HUGE issue.........i too have a bookshelf in my bedroom full of mags and a bookshelf in my kitchen....would GREATLY appreciate any unique storage/display ideas that anybody has to offer!
lose the guilt *L*..if you cant cook from every book, at least learn something from each book
Joanne

marie-louise's picture

(post #62730, reply #55 of 66)

Guilt may be too strong a word. How about information overload-so many books, so little time. I think a lot of us go through phases where we say, no more cookbooks, I have too many. And then a new book comes out, and we forget all about that resolution.

Gary's picture

(post #62730, reply #59 of 66)

too-many-cookbooks guilt

Having diligently perused through the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/), I find no mention of this syndrome. So I can either write an article for the New England Journal of Medicine announcing the discovery of this here-to-for unknown problem or reassure all (or at least most) of you that you are normal. Your pick.

The people who gave us golf and called it a game are the same people who gave us bag pipes and called it music and haggis and called it food.

Jean's picture

(post #62730, reply #60 of 66)

You looked for the wrong syndrome. It's Too-Many-Cookbooks Gulit!  ;-)



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

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