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What does your cookbook collection look like?

I love getting a peek at people's cookbooks. Perhaps even more so since following this board, and especially the COTM threads. Here are mine. I would love to see your cookbooks.

I recently reorganized to put the ones I'm using most right now and/or recently acquired on the bottom middle shelf (where Plenty, etc are). I put the Time Life and Canal House books vertically since I don't use them as much at the moment. The left shelf (with the Joy of Cooking and other weird things) is still a hot mess, as is my magazine pile in the last photo...

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  1. I still have some stuff in boxes, due to lack of shelf space but this is what I have on the bookcases. These are just the cookbooks.

     
     
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    1. re: rasputina

      Wow, rasputina, how beautiful! I am so jealous. I see you also have 1080 RECIPES. What do you think of it? I can't remember making anything from it but I do have a funny story. I tried to make gazpacho from it but the recipe is missing in my copy, which I bought years ago. It's in the index but that page is just missing. It must have been a misprint.

      1. re: pistachio peas

        The 1080 recipes from Phaidon? I don't think I have that one. I have the Phaidon Greek cookbook, Vefa's kitchen, which I haven't cooked from. I do have a few from the 1000 recipes series including the Mexican, Indian ( my favorite) and the Vegan one.

        1. re: rasputina

          Yeah, the Spanish cookbook by a mother/daughter team. I thought I spotted it on your shelf.

        1. re: pistachio peas

          Yes, I have the US editions plus the Game book published in the UK, I don't have the Wine one though. I'm still working on the Foods of the World series, I only have a few of those.

          1. re: rasputina

            I have 14 Foods of the World and 6 Good Cook. I recently passed up the Poultry edition from GC at a thrift store, thinking "I should stop amassing these." REGRETS!

      2. I don't think I have one shelf for my cookbooks -- they are everywhere and I read them for fun as much as I do for meal planning. I shared my favorites one time, I'd love to know what you think of these - http://bit.ly/1kl5P3K

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        1. re: y528s

          I loved reading Kitchen Confidential. I like Jerusalem quite a bit but I think I have cooked more out of plenty. Those cod cakes in Jerusalem are really something though...And I have Supernatural Everyday but haven't made anything from it yet. The Syrian book looks great.

        2. Inside 9 bookcases, A-Z.

          The better ones are behind glass or behind a bookcase door.

          3 only on a glass coffee table currently.

          Related magazines that we keep (or articles that we cut out) go in the typical file folders, in even more bookcases.

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          1. re: SWISSAIRE

            Swissaire, I have been toying with whether to go through my magazines and cut out recipes, or to just keep the whole magazine, and what kind of filing system to use. Do you have an index for these articles or do you group them by ingredient, season, etc.?

            1. re: pistachio peas

              Hi Pistachio Peas-

              No index.

              The files, or magazine boxes, are titled A-Z, and kept in book cases, behind doors. So an article for example, entitled " Appenzell Ausserrhoden " would be found in the A-C file folder box.

              Depending on the thickness or condition of the article, it may or may not be placed in a plastic cover. If someone is over, and an article of interest comes up, I make a copy of the article, placing the original back. Loan them out for a day and they never return.

              Every January, we go through each file box to clean and organize, which prompts us to remember what is there during the remainder of the year. " Do we need this ? " yes/no, and actually most have been retained over the years.

               
              1. re: SWISSAIRE

                That looks like a great system. Wise to not loan out...

                1. re: pistachio peas

                  That does look like a great system! I don't keep magazines, as I subscribe to quite a few. If I want to keep a recipe, I tear it out and keep it in a file folder. It's organized by categories like American, Italian, Asian, easy, etc...

                   
                    1. re: alliegator

                      My mom does something similar, but in a binder in plastic sleeves, that way the recipe won't get dirty when she takes it out to use it.

                    2. re: pistachio peas

                      Hi Pistachio Peas-

                      It started when I worked in California and had a subscription to Cooks Illustrated, and other magazines.

                      Too many magazines were building up, so we began to go through them and cut out and save only articles of interest. We ended up getting rid of 99% of the remainder. Over the years we also noticed that CI recycled the same articles, drawings, and cooking tips repeatedly.

                      Twice, saved articles were loaned out to neighbours, and never returned for one reason or another. It happens. Rather than scanning them all, we save and print only as needed.

              2. Here are bulk of mine. I counted about 70. I keep them on a built in in my dining room, in easy kitchen reach. Some are behind pics.

                 
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                1. I'm switching to e-books cookbooks. My tablet can hold hundreds. Best of all you can electronically search them.

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                  1. re: Antilope

                    I hear you. I have about 150 e-cookbooks. A couple of them are digital versions of my favorite print cookbooks.

                    1. re: Antilope

                      I don't think I could ever do that. I'm not a luddite by any means but I really love books as objects. (And, as an academic, most of the books I work with aren't available electronically anyway). Having said that, when making a recipe off the internet I do often wish I had a tablet in the kitchen to make things easier.

                      1. re: pistachio peas

                        The only reason I have as many e cookbooks as I do is because I cook from them using my tablet.

                    2. I wish I had a camera or smartphone to take pictures of my collection- 150+
                      I have them displayed on walnut bookcases

                      1. Mine are not neatly organized. I have two cabinets in the kitchen area. The first one is for ethnic/specialty cookbooks while the other is for more generic cookbooks. Then I have some in my living room that I haven't put up. Probably because I want to keep them away from food.

                        I tend to pick up any one of them just to read. Some of the older books have some interesting ideas and pictures. Can't wait to crack open the Vincent Price one. I think it requires a special bottle of wine and a cloudy day to read it!

                         
                         
                         
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                        1. re: Dee S

                          I think yours ARE organized. That was my first thought when I saw the top photo. That Vincent Price book looks really interesting. I agree, I love to just read my cookbooks.

                        2. This is my kitchen collection, I have quite a number more downstairs. In the past 2 years I have given about 200 books to a vo-tech culinary program's library.

                           
                           
                           
                           
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                          1. re: Candy

                            Gorgeous! Ahhh, I am envious of your space.

                            1. re: pistachio peas

                              We had a very fortunate house fire a number of years ago and I was able to double the size of my kitchen.

                            2. re: Candy

                              Your home is lovely, thanks for posting the picture with the cupboard at the bottom. I have a small hutch that has been in the garage since we moved last year and your picture reminded me if I bring it inside I can put books in it. I need more shelf space to get stuff out of boxes.

                            3. pistachio peas, you might enjoy a spin through this similar thread from a couple of years ago. Lots of great bookshelf photos!

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/863403

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                              1. This is part of my collection. I've got my Foods of the World collection (hard cover and spiral recipe books) and a number of cookbooks I don't use often on a shelf in a closet in my basement.

                                 
                                 
                                 
                                1. *cries* all these pretty cookbooks make me miss mine. We're in temp housing for 3-4 more months so all my books are in boxes and have been since May. I did buy Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction for this summer, and it sits on my coffee table to inspire me to actually use it.

                                  I'm already planning to buy a new bookshelf just for cookbooks in the new house though.

                                  1. 9 shelves in the studie's built-ins. And this is after I donated boxes of books when we moved a few years ago.