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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.

Gary's picture

(post #62730, reply #63 of 66)

Was it next to the DESERTS section? : )

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.

KarenP's picture

(post #62730, reply #65 of 66)

Having diligently perused through the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (, 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.

  Go figure. They have "no room at the inn" but not cookbook problems.  Gary, you would probably be up for a noble need to consider this seriously!

Lee's picture

(post #62730, reply #54 of 66)

I just finished reading Julia Child's "My Life in France" and am inspired to go back and cook from my old, dog eared, grease-spattered copies of Mastering the Art.  I used them (especially Volume I) constantly for years, and many of the recipes became my default French recipes, but there are still many dishes I've never made.  It seems I used my oldest cookbooks -- Julia's, Beard's, Lee Bailey's, the New York Times books, Vincent Price's "Treaury of Great Recipes" -- a lot more than I use the majority of the newer ones.  Nowadays, I'm happy if I get one "keeper" out of a new cookbook.

I enrolled in an intensive, year-long French cooking course several years after I began using Mastering the Art I.  I had a lot to learn, but I was surprised at how much I had picked up from the instructions in those amazing books and from watching Julia on tv.  She's still my idol.   

Risottogirl's picture

(post #62730, reply #56 of 66)

I bought the DVDs of The French Chef television episodes and they are SO fun to watch. I was pretty young during the original run and we weren't really allowed to watch tv as kids anyway. I saw a few episoded repeated over the years.

A few years ago, SO bought me first edition copies of Mastering - both volumes and one is autographed - not to me, of course.

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor

Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Lee's picture

(post #62730, reply #57 of 66)

She was great fun to watch, and she was a wonderful teacher.  She inspired legions of American cooks, myself included.  I really should order another copy of Volume I.  My original (first edition) is about to fall apart, but it's like being in the kitchen with a well-loved friend.  I hate to get a new one. 

transona5's picture

(post #62730, reply #58 of 66)

"I bought the DVDs of The French Chef television episodes and they are SO fun to watch."

Me too! I only received Vol. 2 though - highly entertaining! I found first editions of both volumes of "Mastering..." for twenty bucks in the basement of the antique store up the street from the record store I worked at. You should have heard the shouting! And then I wandered down the aisle and found Jacques Pepin's "La Technique"' and "La Methode" for six dollars each, two days after i'd ordered them online for MUCH MORE. Louder, and different shouting!