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What are your criteria for adding a cookbook to your collection?


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What are your criteria for adding a cookbook to your collection?

The Dairy Queen | Sep 26, 2012 12:01 PM

I love cookbooks, and I'm guessing you do, too.

But, lately, I've been feeling overwhelmed by my cookbook collection. I keep reorganizing my home in order to fin ways to add more shelf space, but now I've gotten to the point that I have books in so many rooms in so many little spots that I have hard time finding some of my books when I need them. EYB has certainly helped me make better use of the books I have, but it's also made me more aware of books I hadn't heard of.

I've been really trying to cut back on my purchasing lately but, sometimes, I still find myself buying books on impulse that I regret later... I think I need some strict criteria. Mine have been a loose combo of:

COTM and/or

written by an author I love and/or

meets my current cooking goals (in my case, efficient, family friendly meals)and/or

is indexed on EYB and/or

is for a cuisine or cooking method not duplicated by any other cookbook I own...

What are your criteria for adding a book to your collection?

Also, when you buy a book on impulse and regret it almost immediately, do you have the courage to get rid of the book right away or does your guilt cause you to hang onto it even though, deep down, you know you will probably seldom cook from it, if ever?

EDIT: and P.S. lately I have had the STUPIDEST reason for buying books on impulse and that is that I haven't had time to renew my library card, so I've been buying books just so I can get a look at them.


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