Monday, February 23, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday: organizing cookbooks

After some great inspiration from my faithful blogging buddy, Laura (organizing junkie), I have been motivated to get organized with my recipes. Since I don't have a truck load of loose recipe cards floating around, I thought I'd start with my overflowing cookbook shelf.

To be honest, I think I collect cookbooks as a way of marking time. I have the classic cookbook from the church I grew up in. I have cookbooks from the Officer's Wives Club from different bases we've been stationed at. I have the mother-in-law cookbook that helps me to cook more like a stylish East-coast woman. And I have the classy midwest cookbook from my SIL's church. And I have various health-conscious cookbooks from the various "healthy trends" out there. So, what is an organizing mommy to do?

First, I indulged in a little memory lane searching. I went through each cookbook and looked for
1. any recipes that look like I wanted to try and
2. any recipes that I have already tried that are good.

If a cookbook stayed in the "keep" pile it had to have atleast five recipes that looked good or were already tried.

These are the books that fit the Keep pile. There were 14 of them.

These are the books that did not make the cut. There were 18 of them.

Here they are. I'm not sure what to do with them.

Here's my cookbook shelf now.
My goal for cooking is going to be this:

1. Use a recipe and follow it.
2. Take a picture and document any made-up recipes.
3. Make a list of all of the good recipes and keep it up to date and easy to find.

Tonight I made this great dish: roasted root vegetables.

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Megan Spears said...

Wow! Great minds think alike... I just blogged about this very same thing today. Looks like you did a great job!

Laura said...

I'm so impressed at how many you parted with, way to go girl! And those roasted veggies look good too :)

Anonymous said...

Our library has a swap cart, you put any books you are wanting to get rid of on the cart and take any that you are interested in. That might be an option for those extra cook books?

Susie said...

What a great tackle! That is my strategy for my blog too. Great minds think alike:-)

Renee said...

Great tackle, I'm tackling loose recipes. I donated some of my cookbooks to my library, you could call them, or a shelter for women and see if they could use them.

Buffie said...

Great tackle. I've been wanting to organize my recipes too. I have a load of cookbooks I plan on taking to the used bookstore. I also had luck selling a few on Amazon. You could also donate them to the library, salvation army or other charity.

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Great tackle! I just blogged about doing some of this last week. I'm a cookbook and recipe junkie. LOL!

Have a great Tuesday!

Frugal Finds said...

Great tackle! I like cookbooks too!! I have a shelf full in my pantry! Now if I could only cook!! LOL

Anonymous said...

reat tackle! I need to do this as well, especially since my hubby just broght home a box full of cookbooks from his Mom's house!

Angela @ Nine More Months said...

My cookbook shelf is overflowing too! There's really only one on there that I ever open! Great tackle!

Erin said...

I used paperback swap for my cookbooks and they went first! It was awesome to have them go to someone who really wanted them...

Anonymous said...

I have been doing some of the online sites and saving a cookbook. You can actaully have them print your cookbook.

Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Great Tackle it Tuesday - I did this not too long ago. What I was more excited to see was the bag holding your books - I recognize that Aldi's bag! You're an Aldi shopper too? I love that place!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great post. I'm also in the process of sorting through my recipe books; it seems to be the fashion at the moment. I'm marking the recipes I'm interested in and then trying to select one a week to cook.

Once I've adapted them to our way of cooking I intend to write them out in the format used on the website Cooking for Engineers