Decluttering Cookbooks: 157 Cookbooks In My Library
Sheltering in place means more time to cook and bake at home. I rediscovered a few amazing cookbooks and decluttered some cookbooks as well for someone else to enjoy.
Three months into the year and I have been doing a lot of cooking and baking as I work my way through my cookbook collection. I started the year with 162 cookbooks in my library. Down from 219 when I started this challenge over two years ago.
In this update, I highlight three cookbooks that I decided to keep after making some truly delicious food. I still have dreams about the German Chocolate Cake I made from scratch. Additionally, I decided to declutter five cookbooks and pass them onto others to enjoy. This leaves me with 157 cookbooks in my library.
Cookbooks I’m Keeping
KEEP: I made German Chocolate Cake from The Beekman Heirloom Dessert Cookbook and it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. This cookbook is loaded with delectable recipes. Available on Amazon.
The coconut frosting called for this ingredient, cream of coconut. Not to be confused with coconut cream. It’s found in the mixer aisle and often used to make Pina Coladas. It’s delicious. I had some leftover and made coconut rice.
KEEP: I baked two different biscuit recipes from Saveur The New Classics Cookbook. One recipe was shortening based and the other was butter based. I halved both recipes and both were pretty tasty. There are many more recipes in this cookbook that I want to try. Available on Amazon.
KEEP: The Moosewood Cookbook was one of the first cookbooks I bought as an adult. It remains a classic and is undoubtedly in every vegetarian’s cookbook collection. I bought a new copy several years ago. I’ve made many recipes from this cookbook but tried the split pea soup for the first time. It was delicious. Available on Amazon.
Cookbooks I’m Decluttering
PASS: I made vegan brownies from this allergen-free cookbook. They were fine. I don’t have any food allergies to speak of and I have several vegan cookbooks that I use often. I can let this one go.
PASS: I made chickpea stew and pancakes from this cookbook but that was about it for recipes that piqued my interest enough to keep in my library. I’m passing it on for someone else.
PASS: This is another example of many cookbooks in my collection that were beautiful in presentation, inspiring to flip through yet didn’t inspire any actual cooking or baking. I decided to pass it on for someone else to enjoy.
PASS: Specialty cookbooks such as this can take up valuable space in a cookbook library unless it’s one that gets used often. I can let this one go.
PASS: Donna Hay is one of my favorite cookbook authors. I have four of her cookbooks but I’m going to donate this one. It’s basic and I reach for the others in my library more often.
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