just adjust recipes?
I have always loved cookbooks and cooking. I could happily die in a good farmer's market, especially the indoor ones like you see in Europe. As a kid I used to grab one of the three or four titles that were in the house and just read for fun, even though back then I wasn't "cooking" yet. Fast forward to now, and I have more than 16 shelves full. I also check titles out from the library. This isn't compulsive - I pick things to own and read that are timely to an interest or solve a problem (a couple of kiddos have special diets). I was in cookbook heaven today with paleo cookbooks when the awful thought ocurred to me that many of my titles are SAD... Are there any cookbook lovers out there who can relate? What did you do when Primal became permanent - box them up? Sell them? Keep for the memories?
Last edited by Crabbcakes; 07-01-2012 at 09:43 PM.
just adjust recipes?
yeah you are
Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
I could do that, but doing it with Better Homes and Gardens Cooky Book is really gonna' take some imagination...
Well, my Mom's old copy of Julia Childe's french cooking book still has great stuff in it. Just ignore the baking section and focus on the meats and veggies and all that wonderful butter.
I hear ya. I'm a total cookbook junkie!
I personally got rid of a couple obvious bad ones...like "Cooking with Splenda" and some baking ones.
I kept all of my Taste of Home cookbooks on top of many others simply for inspiration. May not be able to make many of the recipes in those books, but going "hunting" for one that'll work is a fun challenge.
I was thinking about that. I bought a cookbook last year and it was focused on low fats and whole grains. Then all my tofu and vegan books.
Actually paperbackswap.com is a great site- you can trade out books for new (used) ones. It takes a while to get good books, but it works well.
I want to keep my better baking books. I still want to bake and when I do, I want to make amazing Dorie Greenspan stuff!
You sound like my mother, who has shelves upon shelves of them. I'd see if there was a used bookstore nearby and if they'll take trade ins. Box up the more CW heavy titles and pick out some that are more primal friendly. I find that many ethnic cuisines are less flour and more meat/veg dependent. I like Vietnamese, Cuban and Middle Eastern food and can find plenty of recipes to make and they give a pretty good insight into use of herbs and spices you might not be familiar with. Also, ingredient specific cookbooks like meat or herbs usually have plenty of recipes.
Re your baking - this is exactly the kind of thing I was thinking of, sitting there in my paleo cookbook reverie. Since you bake, what do you do with your baked goods? Are you making them for a charity event like a bake sale? Are you eating them and counting that as 20%? I have some antique baking books, and not that they are on the chopping block or anything yet, but I am just in a quandry about titles like these. On the one hand they are antique so I won't treat them lightly, but on the other hand, if I stay Primal (and two kids cannot have grains anyway, so baking became so-so here anyway) eating the baked stuff isn't really negotiable.
Last edited by Crabbcakes; 07-02-2012 at 08:41 AM.
I recently discovered a couple of public libraries in the vicinity that have awesome cookbook sections, and when they have a book sale... I have to back up the minivan to the door to get the heavy boxes (ahem...) loaded... (still being choosy, of course...)