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Weekend cooking: Re-arranging cookbooks

I am taking a break from my NEW52 Foodie project to talk a little about my cookbooks. Until now I had my cookbooks all over the place. Some were in the kitchen (window sill, shelves), some were in the living room, some in the clutter-y spare room with books, DVDs and a messy desk study at the far end on the floor under tons of other books. Now that I want to discover new recipes this was no good anymore and I had to re-arrange them a bit. I collected all of them and put them on a table, sorted out the ones I didn’t need anymore (in fact it was only one book I set aside as it was chicken recipes only), sorted them loosely and put them on one big shelf in the living room.

My cookbooks

I know, the collection is not nearly as big as other participants’ but I still enjoy looking at the books all gathered in one place. And it makes browsing for new recipes so much easier. I discovered a few small books that I never even knew we had and already found new recipes to try.

There is nothing like re-arranging books to boost your creativity!
How are your cookbooks sorted? All in one place? Favourites in the kitchen, the rest banned to a secluded spot?

As for new recipes I made another meal I found through a Weekend Cooking fellow blogger. It is a absolutely delicious Slow Cooker Lentil Cauliflower Stew that I found on The Law Student’s Cookbook. Another family favourite from now on.

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16 Comments

  1. I only own a handful of cookbooks, all vegetarian, and *hangs head in shame* I am more the kind of person who will enjoy browsing through them instead of dragging them into the kitchen to cook something. Not to say I never tried any of the recipes, but usually it does not happen more than maybe twice a year. Bad, I know.

    P.S.: On a different note – I just finished another batch of the Coffeehouse mysteries. I’ll take it you won’t mind if I set them aside for “your box”? Won’t be long now that I’ll send it too you with the prints and other stuff, yay!
    Birgit’s last post ..Pajama Musings – It’s time. Again.

  2. I’m like Birgit, just a few cookbooks and all vegetarian. I get most of my inspiration from the internet – in my browser’s favorites I have a long list of links to receipes, ordered in folders (categories). I love “reading” cook books but don’t actually cook a lot from them.

    Your selection looks nice! What are you making this weekend?
    Leeswammes (Judith)’s last post ..Quick Book Review: The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (DNF)

  3. I recently rearranged my cookbooks, because they were indeed everywhere in the house – just like the all the books… I was tough and gave away all those books where I hadn’t cooked anything from or only 1-2 recipes. In the latter, I copied the page of the recipes and put it in my recipe book. I’m now left with about 20 cookbooks, all in the kitchen, and organised by weight – the heaviest at the two ends, and the lightest in the middle…
    Patty’s last post ..Recipe: Goulash stew

  4. I have a pretty good collection of cookbooks, on the only shelf in the kitchen which is above the fridge, so they’re really really hard to get to! But there’s nowhere else to put them. I can just reach the ones I use the most, but still, I’m looking forward to moving out of this place and getting (renting!) something with a bigger kitchen! I feel like my cooking is limited in direct proportion to how easily I can reach my cookbooks!
    Shannon (Giraffe Days)’s last post ..Weekend Cooking: Chicken Nuggets

    • Shannon, you are totally right. If you have direct access you are encouraged to try out something new. If you have to get a ladder and climb up to get a specific book that is in the third row at the wall you will never use it.

  5. I have all my cook books in a book case in my dining room. The problem is that this isn’t actually good for when I want to use them. This means that I always end up having a small pile of books in my kitchen. I’d love to be able to store them in the kitchen, but I don’t have the space for a shelf in there.

  6. I don’t consult cookbooks very often but the one I use most is Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion. It is organised by ingredient and one of the most useful things is that she lists what other ingredients, spices etc go with the core ingredient. Cheers
    Carole’s last post ..Non- Smoothie

  7. Don’t dismiss your cookbook collection that easily, you have quite a few :) Mine are piled on top of each other, and I don’t use them as often as I should. The internet has so many good recipes available that I forget to browse the books on the shelves. That slowcooker recipe sounds delicious!

  8. I have a small cabinet that I keep about half of my cookbooks in. At one point I said that I could only have as many books as fit inside, but that didn’t last. Since the shelves are different heights, they are sorted by height which also happens to be by publisher. One publisher makes most of their books the same size, and I have a bunch of them. I was pondering this week what tdo with the books I haven’t used in ages. I was going to ditch them, but then thought that I really should try a few recipes from each first. some of them I have never cooked from.
    Heather’s last post ..A Valentines Quilt

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