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Jun 21, 2011 02:12 PM

Help. I'm a food magazine packrat

I have, in chronological order, at least a decade (or more) of old Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, and several other food magazines. I use the internet often for recipes now. My husband of 7 months is gently encouraging me to let them go, but it's not easy....any thoughts of how to let them go other than just recycling? It almost feels like I'm throwing out food!!!!

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  1. You could do what a friend's father did with their 20 years of National georgraphic. the wife wouldn;t let him get rid of them so he built an expansion to his house and walled the magazines up inside the new rooms. Still got them!

    1. Me, too. I have them ready to donate to the library but then recipes catch my eye and I can't part with them, even though I haven't looked at them in years.

      1. I know exactly what you mean. It's nice to know I'm not the only one drowning in a sea of older food magazines. Our local library accepts old donated magazines and books and sets them on a table and sells them for 10 and 25 cents a piece. So I've been gradually going through them and occasionally cutting out a recipe or article that I really want to save and then bringing bags of them to the library. It's sort of hard to let them go at first but after I donate them I really don't miss them. It's sort of a relief. And it's definitely better then just throwing them in the trash. (Shudder!) And just think - More new ones are on the way each month!!!!!

        1. Take some to a Senior center, assisted living center, domestic violence shelter, you get the idea.

          So many of the older folks used to get the magazines themselves and might enjoy looking through them, even if they won't cook from them.

          Also, take some to a school that has limited resources so they can use them for collages or whatever. Teachers on a shoestring budget are often happy to make use of such things.

          One more thing, don't do it all at once so you can see if you can stand to be without your collection. If giving some away works for you, then go all the way!

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          1. re: fern

            Ditto library, teachers, etc.

            Don't forget to get your tax deductible receipt :)

            PS I think I have some boxes of food magazines in the attic!

            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              Don't forget hospitals on your list of donor sites--speaking as a former patient, a stack of magazines helps the time go by nicely.

              1. re: pine time

                Probably a good idea to check w the hospitals/doctor's offices and the like first. We used to donate magazines and books but over the few years have found most facilities will not accept them due to risk of germs.

                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                  Even if they're from a person who lives alone, ie untouched by anyone else?

          2. Every few months I scan the articles\recipes\ideas I want to save into my PC. I then hand them over to my cousin, who works in a hospital and distributes them to the various waiting rooms.