Decluttering Cookbooks: 152 Cookbooks In My Library
Quarantine panic baking, decluttering my cookbook collection, and eating a lot of carbs during these stressful and uncertain times.
We are living in some very dark times. There is a lot of pain in the world right now. When I feel anxious, I eat. I’ve been baking quite a bit and I’m at least 70% of the way through my cookbook challenge to prepare at least two recipes from every cookbook that I own. My cookbook library now stands at 152 cookbooks, down from 219. I’m pretty proud of my progress.
I’ve been reaching for some of my favorite cookbooks for comfort foods. Still, I decluttered 2 cookbooks since my last update.
Cookbooks I’m Keeping
KEEP: I made a cookie recipe from Loretta Lynn’s cookbook that was a total disaster. I’m not sure what went wrong. They tasted good but didn’t set up in the oven. I’m going to keep this cookbook in my collection because she autographed it and there are other recipes that I want to try.
KEEP: I’ve been baking a lot from Tartine Bread. The Olive Bread recipe is one of the best things I’ve ever baked and eaten. I cut about 50% of the olives in half and kept the rest whole. Made two heavenly loaves.
I also made sourdough waffles from Tartine Bread. This recipe takes 24 hours to prep but it’s worth the wait. So much depth of flavor. I froze the leftovers and toasted them for a quick snacks.
KEEP: I made a very flavorful pesto, mushroom and walnut tartine from the La Tartine Gourmande cookbook using my homemade olive bread. There are some really good recipes in this cookbook that I look forward to making.
Cookbooks I’m Decluttering
PASS: I’ve been baking from The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking cookbook for several months now. While I loved the brown bread recipe in this book, ultimately, I decided to declutter it because I have other bread books that I prefer. I’m really trying to keep only the best bread baking books in my library. I know someone else will appreciate this one.
PASS: I’ve probably had this Cakes and Pastries cookbook for thirty years and I can’t recall baking from it until now. I made a cake that may go down in history as the worst cake I’ve ever made. The sour cream chocolate frosting was yummy but this cake recipe yielded the driest cake I’ve ever had the displeasure of eating. Maybe someone else will have better luck.