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Jan 6, 2009 11:03 AM

Do you ever weed out cookbooks and, if so, what do you do with them?

For years I never got rid of ANY books of ANY kind. Then I realized that made no sense - for me anyway. So I starting weeding fiction (rarely buy it; go to the library) and non. But my cookbooks seemed somehow off-limits. Then I weeded a whole lot of them. Let's face it, some really do get dated or I hadn't cooked from it in 10 years or I didn't like the results. Whatever. I donate books to the library but they don't want a lot of copies of the same book and some can't even accept donations because they're too short-staffed to process them. So I called a crisis center for women and children in my town and asked if they had any need for them. They jumped at them. Said that most of these women leave with the clothes on their backs (if suspected of leaving, they'll get beaten even more). They will be setting up homes again and cookbooks are frequently high on their list. I thought of this this morning while stacking books on top of the bookcase because the shelves are full. Thought I'd pass it along in case you're looking to re-home any books.

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  1. That's a great idea. Never knew what to do with the books I don't use.

    A friend used to sell his books (and my copy of Kitchen Confidential when I lent it to him to read) on, but it can be a bit of a hassle.

    1. That's a very thoughtful thing to do. I have three young, married nieces, so my cookbook discards always go to them. Other books that I don't want anymore, I put in a neat pile in our trash room (I live in an apartment building with trash rooms on each floor) and they are usually adopted by one of my neighbors or picked up by the maintenance staff. Or they just plain disappear - all I know is that they're gone when I go back :-)

      1. That's a great idea.

        The only time I've weeded out cookbooks was when I made a cross country move. Now that I am settled, I keep them all again. When I get rid of any unwanted books, I bring them to the local Goodwill.

        1. I don't weed my own, but I was once discarding cookbooks that had been my mother's. I sold them - but they were in excellent condition.

          1. I donate them either to the local Senior Center's used book store, or to the local high school's used book sale fund raiser.