Buttertart “What Cookbooks Have You Bought Recently” threads have been super successful, fun, and a wonderful enabling tool to assist us to expand our collections. They certainly helped to expand my collection to a point where cookbooks have outgrown their assigned home and now live on the fringe of the bookcase…
I think it will be super helpful to all of us for many reasons to have a talkback about these purchases. Maybe a list or a summary of what you bought during 2012, an evaluation, a discussion or some other kind of sharing your buying, reading, cooking from, gifting, donating, etc. experience.
I bought at least 60 books in 2012; some new and many used. Eight books were bought for COTM and I cooked from all of them – some a lot and others a bit. Six books were reference – such as Ruhlman’s Twenty and Flavour Bible – and I did not cook from them at all but flipped through some but not all and definitely not enough. I cooked from seven books that were not COTM. Thirty + books were bought and never even opened…. This is very painful to realize but good to know. I will now attempt to “shop” from my own bookcase and borrow books from the library when I have an urge to buy.
Looking forward to hearing about your experiences!