Capsule collection of cookery books

2018-04-15 Cookery booksSome 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?’!

2018-04-15 NotebookSo, 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 😊

  11 comments for “Capsule collection of cookery books

  1. April 16, 2018 at 3:01 am

    I love your idea of extending the idea of a capsule to your cookbooks, Lorraine! I really enjoyed reading about your experience with this. I went through a very similar process with my cookbooks. They were definitely my guilty pleasure, too! I realised that while they were pretty, most of them were not being put to good use. I copied out the few recipes I was always going back to, donated the books and started a recipe small folder which now sits neatly and compactly on our bookshelf. It contains those recipes I wrote out, some I printed from the internet, photocopies I’ve made here and there, and some of my own creations that I’ve jotted down over the last few years. I’m fairly certain I’ll never go back to buying cookbooks – even secondhand ones. Thanks for sharing your experience, Lorraine! xx

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    • April 16, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Oh how funny, Lisa – we both did almost the exact same thing without realising it! That’s the thing with minimalism – once you start applying it in one aspect of your life, it’s hard not to see the excess in other parts. Thanks so much for reading, Lxxx

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  2. April 15, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    What a fantastic point about seasonal clothing! It’s a waste to keep the books for only those few recipes. I mostly find my recipes on pinterest now, but only recently cleaned out my cook books as well. Congrats on realizing, and making the steps to fix it!

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    • April 15, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Hi there Steph, thanks a million for your comment. I hadn’t realised you too have cleaned out your cookery books – great minds think alike, and all that! It’s the realisation, though, that can take a long time – not the steps to fix!!! Thanks for reading xxx

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  3. April 15, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Oh what a great post. Somewhere I think we also did a post on cookbook storage for when you do scale down to your fav’s. I am going to send this to a few clients who need to have a new outlook.-laurel

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    • April 15, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Laurel. The few favs are all we need, really – too easy to get caught up in wanting loads of beautiful books with gorgeous pictures! Lxx


      • April 15, 2018 at 6:28 pm

        Books are my weakness. I’m thankful for ebooks now except for cookbooks. I try to do the one in one out rule with them. Saving the recipes that we love like you do.

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