I fell off the wagon

DSCF0884As you may have noticed in my bio and from my posts, I like to cook.

So when my friend told me on Saturday that Globosapiens, my local used book store, was having a cookbook sale with books at $1 each, I figured I could at least look.  I may or may not have hit the bank first.

There were dozens of boxes and hundreds of cookbooks. I think that I did exceptionally well holding myself back to ten books. Yes, they do skew towards Christmas but holiday cookbooks have the added benefit of addressing all kinds of food: appetizers, main courses, side dishes and desserts, so they are multi-purpose. Which is a good thing because – let’s be honest – that chocolate cookbook is only going to have one use.

These aren’t going to end up gathering dust on a shelf though. I’ve only ever given a couple away and those were gifts that ended up not having any usable recipes. I couldn’t resell mine if I wanted to. I’m the person that writes all over a cookbook, making notes about which recipes are worth making again at which ones aren’t. I record substituted ingredients. I modify cook times and temperatures. Mine aren’t for display. They are used.

One of my favourite things about this time of year is waiting for a rainy day (and it looks like we’re going to have a couple this week), pulling out my cookbooks and making notes of new recipes to try. I have found some of my favourite meals this way. Over the last couple years, I’ve gone through my existing collection quite thoroughly. I needed to restock on books.

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See, they all fit on one table. It’s not like the woman who donated the cookbooks to the bookstore in the first place; she had a thousand. Of course, this display doesn’t include my two recipe boxes, my three-inch three-ring binder, my pending file, or my subscriptions to Bon Appetit or Food & Wine, both of which lose pages on a monthly basis as I add them to my pending file.

That’s why I only consider it a mild addiction, like my loose tea collection. Next weekend, I’m going to have to tackle that cupboard. It’s getting a little out of hand.

I plan to put up even more recipes this fall and winter. If you have any you’d like to share, please leave a comment.