Some time ago, I wrote about downsizing my collection of books. For some reason, I overlooked my cookery books when I was doing this. It may have been because they are stored in the kitchen and were out of sight and therefore out of mind.
Or it may have been because they are such a huge guilty pleasure!
Oh, the books I’ve bought!
I’ve been seduced by:
- Watching a beautiful cookery show and wanting to buy the tie-in book – confident that my attempt would look like it came straight from the cookery programme!
- Healthy eating books – which would instantly transform my shape, my weight and indeed my whole life – just by me flicking through the pages going ‘hmmm, that doesn’t look too bad’!
- Books that pose as cookery books but are really coffee table books – and should remain there!
- Special cookery books for Christmas (if I had an item that I could only wear at Christmas, it would have no place in my wardrobe – pity I didn’t apply this principle to the books then).
And, nestled between all of these, the few that I actually use 😊.
Recently, I caught myself rummaging for a book because it had my favourite recipe for a fish dish (trout en papillote, since you ask!) – but I didn’t really use any of the other recipes. I then started to flick through the other books – I realised I had been holding on to some of them, just for the sake of 1 or 2 recipes.
What a waste! What a waste of space, energy, attention and to be honest, I felt a bit of a fraud. I had a shelf full of cookery books as though Mr. Minimal-Lol and I ate a fantastic variety of dishes and he was greeted every evening, with me in an apron going ‘I’ve tried yet another new recipe – isn’t it great we never eat the same dinner twice?’! The reality is closer to him being greeted by me looking frazzled in the kitchen saying, ‘I’ve had a mad day at work – will I just open a tin of soup?’!
So, I spent one rainy Sunday afternoon, copying out the handful of recipes I actually use from the vast array of books, into a cute notebook, which I can add to easily. I kept the few books I use frequently and donated the rest. I hope someone else will actually use and enjoy them.
Have a great week 😊