How many cookbooks do you own?

I own a lot.

A lot. A lot.

And I mean a lot.

I’ve collected them from various places.  I’ve stolen them, er borrowed them, from my mother.  Inherited some from my Grandmother.  Bought some off Amazon.  Been given some as gifts.  Impulse bought some.  Most of the rest came really crazy cheap from library book sales.  The county over does a HUGE book sale twice a year where hard backs are a buck and paper backs are fifty cents.  Our little library down the way did a straight up cookbook sale a few months back with similar prices.

Hi, I’m Joanna.  I have a library book sale problem.

What?  A buck??  How can one turn down a cookbook for a buck???

My theory on this is I buy all the cookbooks that look interesting, then try out five recipes from each book.  If the recipes stink, off goes the book.  If the recipes are great, the book stays.  It’s like gambling.  If people can put a buck into a slot machine hoping for a windfall, I can put a buck into a cookbook hoping for the best chocolate cake recipe ever, right?


The funny thing is, it’s so much easier these days to scour the internet for recipes rather than scour the immense collection of cookbooks I’ve amassed.  It’s also so much easier to wing dinner which is what I tend to do.  So far I’ve only made five complete recipes from one library find and it turned out to be a dud.  The chocolate cake was bad.  So very bad.

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I haven’t 100% decided what to do with the dud, but so far possibilities include donating it to charity (is that really charity though?)  tossing it in the wood stove, making a hidden safe and cutting the pages apart and gluing them to lampshades.  Clearly I still have some thinking to do on this subject, but I did create a Pinterest board to help me collect my thoughts.  Because that’s what people do these days when they want to think about something, but not actually do the something.  They create a Pinterest board.

My friend Aly mentioned once that she’d be interested in seeing my cookbook collection so I’ve decided to finally share.

That Basic Cooking book has my favorite chili recipe in it.

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These two came from The Husband’s Grandma Doris.

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The Taste of Home Baking Book is a great staple to have.  Aside from Baked Doughnuts for Everyone, I haven’t even cracked open most of the rest of these for so much as a peek.

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Or these.

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I think at least two of these are The Husband’s.

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Ahhhh, the little ones.  Good things come in small packages.

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This one’s not a cookbook at all, but a really great reference book.

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These were all stolen, er borrowed, from my mom.

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This was a gift from The Husband’s side of the fam.

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I think I have these because my niece was selling magazines and I bought a magazine.  I never buy magazines.

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These are on top of the bed.  They’ve been there for months and I still haven’t looked at them.

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This one is technically a novel, but it has recipes in it so I’m counting it.

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This cookbook I bought for the pictures.

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The pretty pretty pictures.

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This is my binder of random recipes.

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This is a box stuffed full of clipped recipes.

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Yup, I have a problem.  I have vowed to pare these down significantly if we ever move again.

And that’s that.

– Joanna

P.S. –

Husband Alert!  Husband Alert!

Yep, I’m hacking in and editing here because two cook books are conspicuously missing.  Probably because I purchased these myself and consider them mine.  All mine.  (OK, the first I bought Jo for what I thought would be a very thoughtful Christmas present since she’d been talking about homemade yogurt, but she’s apparently not interested in it yet.)

I’ve had sauerkraut bubbling away for almost a week thanks to The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz.  A wonderful read about how we evolved to co-exist with microbes and bacteria, and why our (especially culinary) culture’s war on them is unhealthy.



Next, is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.  The book’s tag line pretty much sums it up: “The cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats”. I was surprised at the huge amount of recipes included in here as I thought it would be more educational/historical prose than straight up recipes.  A nice surprise and I made a fancy chicken dinner from scratch… with side dishes!… this past Sunday thanks to this book.


Question of the Day:  If you could only have one cookbook, what cookbook would it be?

Hiya all! It’s Wednesday! Well, for me it’s Tuesday but by the time you read this it will be Wednesday so we’ll just stick with that. It’s Wednesday!!

Before I go any farther, I just wanted to say THANKS for all the support in my Foodie Pen Pals Chopped challenge. I couldn’t have won without you guys, or at least without Katie who sent me the care package. It was fun, and despite the fact it looked like I put weeks of work into that recipe I really just threw it all together the night before the big reveal. Not to sound narcissistic, but I impress myself with my ability to throw things into a pan and have them turn out yummy. Except for brownies. Brownies and a pesto, acorn squash, coconut, pasta nightmare that I shall never blog about. Ever. It was just that bad. Worse than the brownies even.

Foodie Pen Pals is open to readers as well as bloggers so check out The Lean Green Bean and sign up (I am talking to my mom here so hop to).

I was originally going to talk about kale today, but I know a lot of you really like kale and I figured before I sully its name I should cement my readership. You’ll all still be around next week right? Okay, we’ll talk about kale then.

So what should we talk about today? I was thinking mushrooms.

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