Library of Cookbooks – My Reading Passion

I frequently mention a cookbook I have when posting a recipe. I’m from the old-fashioned school as I like books; I like to hold them and flip through the pages and marvel at the pictures. I learn about the author, the cuisine and frequently stories about the region.Β  Maybe because I have always loved books is why I probablyΒ  became a teacher/librarian (retired).

My office is full of “cookbooks” and other interests such as gardening, autobiographies of women, odds and ends… Having just moved 9 months ago I did a lot of “cleaning” and donated a number of books to local agencies or there would be a lot more.

My kitchen library with a few of my favorites…

I like to decorate with books…

Overflow – not much space left. Note the container on bottom shelf – full of recipes to try. Oh, and I have a file drawer too of recipes I would like to make, organized by holiday and subject!

Reading material for guests – you won’t find many novels, fiction, thrillers and such.

Yes, I do use the internet but it will never replace my love for books. Things are too easy for people now with all the media sources such as Pinterest and the internet. Me, lean back in a comfortable chair, maybe with a cup of coffee or glass of wine (depending on the time of day) and enjoy reading one of my many cookbooks. The weather is turning nicer and there is nothing better than enjoying the sun while reading about faraway cultures and all the good recipes I could make πŸ™‚

Linking to Fiesta Friday #215 and the two co-hostsΒ  Laurena @ Life Diet Health and Alex @ Turks Who Eat

38 thoughts on “Library of Cookbooks – My Reading Passion

    • I think I have about 4 magazine subs right now and yes I tear out the pages and organize them by priority – low and high! Also, if they are on a certain recipe they go into my file cabinet. My cookbooks I write down the name of recipes to try and page number and sometimes put a “star” by it – meaning make soon πŸ™‚

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  1. I told myself, β€œNo more cookbooks!” since my shelves are overflowing. That was 3/4 yrs ago when I started food blogging. Since then I haven’t bought any, but have received a few as gifts. But you’re right, though, holding an actual book and flipping thru the pages back and forth is just not the same as reading and googling online. The first one is a much more pleasant activity!

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  2. Such an impressive collection you have! I’ve lost quite a few cookbooks over the years, due to moving frequently, so my collection is not what it used to be. I couldn’t agree with you more – reading a good cookbook and getting ideas leisurely is nothing like searching the internet. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Ronit – just about every day I manage to find time to look through recipes, whether in a cookbook, magazine or my files. It’s just what I enjoy doing… The internet does have its purpose but give me something to “hold” any day πŸ™‚

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  3. I love books too. I have a kindle but there’s nothing like absorbing the information your reading from an actual page. I’ve given some of mine away too and it’s always a difficult decision paring them down. I love the idea of sitting outside especially if I can take a glass of wine with me!

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    • It gets harder to downsize my cookbooks but there are always some that once you’ve bought them, looked through them, they don’t really appeal to you. I always donate to the library or another agency like the Women’s City Club. I mainly hit my gardening books on this latest move. I actually sat outside recently looking through a cooking magazine, but it was too early for wine πŸ™‚

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  4. Wow! I thought I had a lot of cook books but your collection blows mine out of the water! I’m thinking “Cooking with Jeffrey” is going to be my next purchase! Would you recommend it?

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    • Ina is one of my favorite chefs and I have all 10 of her cookbooks – so yes I do recommend this one. She shares stories and recipes from friends, including her own. Rarely have I made any dish that I didn’t like πŸ™‚

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