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Apr 16, 2009 12:23 PM

Is it too much? Am I obsessive-compulsive?

My husband and close friends tease me all the time about my cookbook and recipe collections. I probably have 150 cookbooks not counting the compilations I've made over the years (another dozen plus). I clip recipes, I subscribe to magazines (Saveur, Fine Cooking, Cooks Illustrated, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Cuisine at Home, Rachel Ray). I always have a box of recipes ready to compile. They are compiled according to how likely I am to use them.
Silver is first, then Gold, then Red (usually for hard to find ingredients recipes). I don't watch any food shows on television. I read cookbooks like novels and have a master notebook of favorites and where to find them. Do I need to see a doctor? (smile)

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  1. Hardly...but you already know that, on this board anyway, don't you?

    If you count all my food books—histories, memoir/travel writing, etc. I have around 250. Been clipping recipes for 20 years...

    I will admit I don't have a color-coded file system, just the usual apps/salads/desserts etc. That's pretty cute (if you don't mind my saying so).

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    1. re: tatamagouche

      Not at all, thanks. You'll enjoy this: after using some Gold ones, they might get promoted to the Silver notebook. Oh yeah, I'm okay.

    2. At least you actually use the recipes. I love reading them and also collect cookbooks (although my collection is probably closer to 50ish). I almost never use the recipes, but I draw "inspiration" from them.

      1. I'd say in this crowd you're a lightweight! I have a recollection that Will Owen has 100s or is it 1000s of cookbooks. jfood has like 1500 recipes in his files. They are not anomalies :)

          1. re: alkapal

            Hey alka! Figured this thread had been used before -- I was feeling kind of weird about it all yesterday (but not today, screw it).

            Thanks all for making me feel better. Enjoy it too much to stop it anyway.

            1. re: bayoucook

              saved ya a doctor visit, huh?! ;-).

          2. I was talking recently with the mother of one of my daughter's pre-school classmates. We got to talking about cooking and she was saying how she is so disorganized when it comes to cooking. I was telling her how I have this whole system since I work full time and cook about 5 mights a week because I refuse to have my kids eat only chicken nuggets (or other "kid food"). She said that she just didn't have any ideas of things to make (particularly for boneless chicken breast because she couldn't stand to handle chicken with bones!).

            So a day or so later, I email her some ideas (recipes or links to the recipes), and then she asks how I keep myself organized. And as I was telling her about my whole Excel spreadsheet of dishes that I make on a regular basis for my family, plus the recipes that are on the "to do" list (including a column for the source of the recipes), I was thinking to myself that this woman is going to think that I am a nut! An Excel spreadsheet for dinner ideas?!?

            And then she goes on to tell me that one of her *problems* is that when she cooks a few times a week she has to go to the supermarket twice a week! I didn't say it but I was thinking "going to the supermarkets twice a week is a problem when you don't work? I LOVE going food shopping!"

            So, as someone else said, you are in good company here. It's the people who waste their time on eating crappy food that have the problems!

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            1. re: valerie

              I AM in excellent company here; I love this website!