Decluttering Cookbooks: 151 Cookbooks In My Library

nigella lawson how to eat
Nigella Lawson How To Eat

Editing and decluttering my cookbook library while baking a lot of sourdough bread, Belgian waffles, and cinnamon rolls to die for.

Nearly three years in, I’m at least 70% of the way through my cookbook challenge to make at least two recipes from every cookbook that I own. My cookbook library now stands at 151 cookbooks, down from 219 when I began this project in 2018.

While I have been doing a lot of cooking and baking as of late, I have only decluttered 1 cookbook since my last post. Most of the cookbooks I’ve been using recently, I’ve decided to keep in my library for now.

Cookbooks I’m Keeping

nigella lawson crepes decluttering cookbooks library

KEEP: I made Nigella’s most delicious crepe recipe from her How To Eat cookbook. I gobbled these up. Yummy flavor and texture.

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nigella's crepes
Nigella Lawson’s crepe recipe
Thomas keller bouchon bakery decluttering cookbooks library
Thomas Keller Bouchon Bakery
bouchon bakery French sourdough

KEEP: I’m going to keep Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery cookbook. The pain de campagne, or French Sourdough recipe that I made was fine but not as scrumptious as some of my other sourdough recipes. However, this cookbook has many dessert recipes that I want to try.

bouchon bakery sourdough
Pain de campagne ie, French Sourdough
bouchon bakery sourdough
Pain de campagne from Bouchon Bakery cookbook
liege belgian waffles the waffle pantry
Liege Belgian Waffles + Pearl Sugar

I ordered this traditional Belgian waffle mix from The Waffle Pantry. You wouldn’t believe the wonderful smell that permeated throughout the house while I cooked these in my waffle iron. This is carnival food; sweet and aromatic. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten!

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the waffle pantry liege Belgian waffles
Liege Belgian Waffles
the bread baker's apprentice baking book decluttering cookbooks
The Bread Baker’s Apprentice

KEEP: The award-winning cookbook, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice continues to rack up rave reviews amongst bread bakers and deserves a place in any baker’s library. I made the Basic Sourdough recipe which yielded two heavenly loaves of bread.

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sourdough cookbook challenge
The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Basic Sourdough
vintage Limoges china
Top: vintage Limoges

I recently gave my china and dinnerware a long overdue edit and decluttered some that I never reach for, keeping my favorites. I love mixing patterns and colors.

vingage limoges china
Top: vintage Limoges
the bread book
The Bread Book

KEEP: I baked some naan from The Bread Book. The dough was difficult to work with and I didn’t care for the end bake but this cookbook has a lot of international bread recipes that I want to try so I’ll keep it a while longer.

more sourdough for the week

Southern Cookbook Delight

biscuits, spoon bread, and sweet potato pie
Biscuits, Spoonbread, and Sweet Potato Pie

KEEP: Some of my most cherished cookbooks in my library are of the Southern variety. This one is no exception. I made the MOST delicious cinnamon roll recipe included in Biscuits, Spoonbread, and Sweet Potato Pie. It was an involved process spanning a few days yet worth the effort and the wait.

big mama's everlasting rolls
Big Mama’s Everlasting Rolls

The dough begins with having to make a potato yeast starter which needs to ferment for 24 hours before making the dough. I used vegetable shortening in place of lard.

potato yeast ferment
fermenting potato yeast
self raising flour cookbook library

The Everlasting Rolls recipe is used as the base dough in multiple recipes in this cookbook such as cinnamon rolls.

cinnamon rolls
cinnamon rolls

I used less sugar than the recipe called for and I’m glad I did. They were plenty sweet.

best cinnamon rolls
The BEST cinnamon rolls

These cinnamon rolls were divine. Coating them with a little powdered sugar icing will make shine. I froze most of them and pulled them out for treats over several weeks. I even at them for breakfast.

cinnamon roll breakfast cookbook library
cinnamon roll breakfast

Cookbooks I’m Decluttering

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Mexican-American Cooking from the Southwest

PASS: While Mexican food is my favorite cuisine, I have other cookbooks in this genre that I reach for more often. I decided to declutter this one and pass it on to someone who will get more use out it.

Let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite cookbook that you’ll keep forever.

My cookbook declutter series to date

Decluttering My Cookbook Collection

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