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Jun 14, 2008 10:00 AM

The "I finally cooked from my unused cookbook" thread

So, as I confessed in greedygirl's thread "Do you have cookbooks you've never used?", I've many cookbooks gathering dust on my shelf that I've never cooked from or that I've not cooked from in a very long time. And it sounds like I'm not alone.

Some I purchased as souvenirs, some were given to me as gifts, some I bought and decided were too ambitious, some are my husband's, some I used to cook from a lot that I got bored with... And, I've been on an alarming buying trend lately, partly due in part to my participation in the COTM and partly because I've suddenly decided my cookbook "collection" is seriously lacking. (Thankfully, I've promised myself that I will only buy used books, unless I need it for the COTM and can't get a good deal on a used book).

In order to assuage my guilt, I've decided I'm going to plug away at dragging these cookbooks off my shelf, one by one, and cooking at least one recipe from them. And post about it in this thread, of course. It's going to take me awhile, as I have a heck of a lot of books, and I'll have to fit it in around COTM and, well, life, but I would love it if folks joined me.

So, if you please, post in this thread about a cookbook you're dusting off (or even a new one you've just acquired and are cooking from for the first time). Maybe tell us a little about the book, how you acquired it, what it means to you if it's one that you're particularly sentimental about, why you haven't cooked from it, why you haven't chucked it, why you stopped cooking from it etc., then tell us about how it went for you with the recipe you chose. Finally--please give us your verdict. Will you be cooking from this book again, putting it back on the shelf to gather more dust, or taking it in to your local bookseller and trading it in for something else?

Won't you join me, please, in dusting off those old cookbooks?


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  1. I'm down! I have to agree, not using what I have is ridiculous, I'll be happy to join in. In fact I think I have found the perfect little book to contribute a recipe. I also can' think of anything I'd rather do than thumb through my cookbooks looking for something good to eat and that's different from anything I've ever cooked!
    Truly a great idea Dairy Q!!!!

    1. Love this idea ... another excuse to pull out cookbooks!

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      1. re: LulusMom

        Me too. I will go to the shelf and see what is inspiring.

      2. Funnily enough, I had exactly the same idea myself! Great minds and all that. My plan is to force myself to cook at least one recipe a week from a book I don't use very often. So I'm definitely in. Thanks TDQ.

        1. Oh yay! I'm so glad some people are interested. Thank you for chiming in, everyone, and thank you for greedygirl for planting the seed of inspiration with the "unused cookbooks" thread. I figure we'll just post in this thread for awhile and if it gets unwieldy we can start a new one. Sound good?


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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Really love the idea. Unfortunately I'm not going to be cooking for the next week, but hope that gives me some time to search for some good stuff.

            1. re: LulusMom

              Sounds terrific, LulusMom! Looking forward to seeing some of your results!


          2. Curiously, after reading through and posting in GG's thread I decided to revisit some of the cookbooks occupying places on several shelves. I love your suggestion TDQ! I'm in. It will be a diversion from the COTM. Also, it will be interesting to see how the COTM will pair with recipes from other books......