How many cookbooks is too many?

I used that question as a facebook status update about a year ago. The responses varied from ‘You can never have too many’ to ‘One: A Man, A Can, A Grill.’

I fall into the ‘you can never have too many’ category, but here’s something I realized.

You can.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at my cookbook collection:

My cookbooks on a night when I decided to organize them. Three hours later, they were returned to my kitchen cupboards and pantry pretty much in the same order they were earlier that evening. (I have since cleaned out shelves in my living room bookcases for some of them.)

The thing is, I wasn’t always this way when it came to cookbooks. I’ve always been like this with books in general, but with cookbooks I had a few standbys and that was it.

Obviously that has since changed.

In determining my New Year’s Resolutions for 2011, I focused heavily on cooking, resolving to:

1. Read at least one cookbook a month. If there are only a few recipes I like in it, I will photocopy them and give the book away.

2. Try at least one new recipe a week.

3. Organize the piles of recipes I have ripped from magazines, printed off of Websites and received from friends by April 1. Anything that’s left after that gets tossed.

4. Control my family’s food bill. It is so easy to drop $40 at the local grocery store a few times a week, so I plan to have weekly menus so that I will use what I already have on hand. Because, really, who needs three bags of powdered sugar?

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  1. Pingback: So many cookbooks, so little time « What's Cooking?

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