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The "I finally cooked from my unused cookbook" thread

The Dairy Queen | Jun 14, 2008 10:00 AM

So, as I confessed in greedygirl's thread "Do you have cookbooks you've never used?", I've many cookbooks gathering dust on my shelf that I've never cooked from or that I've not cooked from in a very long time. And it sounds like I'm not alone. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/528669

Some I purchased as souvenirs, some were given to me as gifts, some I bought and decided were too ambitious, some are my husband's, some I used to cook from a lot that I got bored with... And, I've been on an alarming buying trend lately, partly due in part to my participation in the COTM and partly because I've suddenly decided my cookbook "collection" is seriously lacking. (Thankfully, I've promised myself that I will only buy used books, unless I need it for the COTM and can't get a good deal on a used book).

In order to assuage my guilt, I've decided I'm going to plug away at dragging these cookbooks off my shelf, one by one, and cooking at least one recipe from them. And post about it in this thread, of course. It's going to take me awhile, as I have a heck of a lot of books, and I'll have to fit it in around COTM and, well, life, but I would love it if folks joined me.

So, if you please, post in this thread about a cookbook you're dusting off (or even a new one you've just acquired and are cooking from for the first time). Maybe tell us a little about the book, how you acquired it, what it means to you if it's one that you're particularly sentimental about, why you haven't cooked from it, why you haven't chucked it, why you stopped cooking from it etc., then tell us about how it went for you with the recipe you chose. Finally--please give us your verdict. Will you be cooking from this book again, putting it back on the shelf to gather more dust, or taking it in to your local bookseller and trading it in for something else?

Won't you join me, please, in dusting off those old cookbooks?


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