Decluttering Cookbooks: 172 Cookbooks In My Library


My challenge to make a minimum of two recipes from every cookbook I own and decide whether or not to keep it continues with 172 cookbooks to go.

I did quite a bit of cooking these past winter months, baked a lot of bread and made plenty of soup. I’ve decluttered 18 cookbooks so far this year and now I am down to owning 172 cookbooks.

There have been several instances where I’ve come across a cookbook that doesn’t inspire two recipes to begin with and the decision to pass it on is an easy one. Such was the case this past month.

There were a few professional baking books that I needed to make a decision about whether or not to keep. Additionally, I have numerous American cookbooks that were due for a good edit.

I don’t have a specific goal in mind when it comes to how many cookbooks I’m willing to own. My objective is to only possess the ones that I want to reach for over and over. And, it would be lovely if they all fit on one bookcase.

Cookbooks to keep

professional baking book

KEEP: I’m going to keep this professional baking book for the great photos and instructions.

puff pastry how to
the river cafe cookbook

KEEP: An American Family Cooks is a wonderful cookbook chocked full of yummy recipes. The Cafe Cookbook is out of print and I scored this copy at a thrift store. I love it.

flour water salt yeast cookbook

KEEP: I love this bread book, Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast and made some delicious bread from its recipes. Available on Amazon. Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure has some good recipes as well. On Amazon.

bread baking
bread baking
bread baking
baking with Julia cookbook

KEEP: I made some very good bread from The Village Baker and Baking with Julia. On Amazon. I’m going to keep the Italian cookbook and experiment with a couple more recipes.

baking with Julia
Julia Child's pebble bread recipe
Julia Child’s Pebble Bread. I froze these and ate them over the following week.
lord krisha's vegetarian cookbook

KEEP: I made scrumptious aloo gobi from Lord Krishna’s Cuisine. I made delicious coriander cookies from The Delectable Past, a sweet vintage cookbook.

vintage cookie recipe
I made these simple coriander cookies from an 1812 recipe.

Cookbooks to pass onto others

professional baking

PASS: I decided to pass these professional baking books onto someone else.

american cookery

PASS: I decided to pass on these American cookbooks since I have others that I enjoy more.


PASS: Not too many recipes in these two that piqued my interest.

Fannie farmer cookbook

PASS: My collection can do without these two. I’m passing them on for someone else to enjoy.

vegan cookbooks

PASS: I’m passing these on because they lack inspiration and can’t really compete with other cookbooks that I own.

Let me know in the comments below some of your favorite cookbooks.

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