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Jul 11, 2013 12:24 PM

You Know You Have Too Many Cookbooks When...

I recently read that Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame) has 8 pairs of shoes, and that the average woman has 13 pairs of shoes. I got to thinking - how much is too much.. of anything?

Then I thought about my cookbook collection, and, feeling guilty, wondered if I have too many cookbooks. True, many were gifts, and some were inherited. Some are antiques... that leaves probably something under 50 cookbooks I've actually purchased for myself. Is that too much???

You know you have too many cookbooks when..
- you have to estimate the number of books by averaging the contents of the shelves
- you are trying to remember a particular recipe, and have to brew a cup of tea in order to find it. (translation: this is going to take so long to go through several cookbooks, so i might as well enjoy it.)
- you have a set space for cookbooks only. Then, you have your set space, plus a temporary space. Then, the temporary space overfills, so you redecorate in order to accomodate the growing population. Then...

ok. i think i'm in denial.

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  1. You are willing to pay $25 a year to Eat My Books .....

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    1. re: firecooked

      ...or $50.00 for a lifetime membership.

    2. ... your cookbooks have cookbooks in them.

      1. are no longer expected to cook anything out of your new cookbook, since it's read like a novel.


        There's no such thing as too many cookbooks or shoes!

        Guess I'm in denial right there with you!

        1. I don't even have that many (23 on Eat Your Books, yes I paid for the membership, plus maybe 5 or so that weren't on EYB) but I've approached your last line item. They've outgrown their shelf on my dining console so they're now stacked in a few stacks under my coffee table. I want to get a bookshelf just for them eventually, since I don't think my collection is going to get any smaller, especially hanging out around here!

          Don't even get me started on shoes...

          1. The bookshelves that house your beloved treasures are starting to sag and they had to be flipped to save them. That is to many cookbooks

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              1. re: coney with everything

                Great minds think alike and apparently collect to many cookbooks alike also