My fridge hasn’t been working well lately, so I had to defrost it – what a boring job. While I was at it, I pulled it out of its cubby hole to clean the back. I then discovered the shelf above (with all my cookbooks) had bowed and I couldn’t get the fridge back in. All the books had to come down, grrr…
As I was pulling all the books off the shelf, I realised there were some I’ve never used and some that haven’t been used in a long time. I have no idea what wonderful recipes are hidden in them. And so became…
The Great 2013 Cookbook Challenge
The challenge: no cookbook can go back on the shelf until I’ve cooked as least 3 things from them (and liked what I’ve cooked!). From now – no claiming recipes I cooked 5 years ago!
To make it more interesting, I’ve set a deadline of the end of the year. If I haven’t cooked 3 recipes from a book by then, they are off to the charity bin (a bit like if I haven’t worn an outfit in a year…)
I have 45 cookbooks (although only about half fit on that shelf), so I’ve got a lot of recipes to get through! I must also resist the urge to add to the collection (and make the challenge any bigger!)…
My books are now all piled in my craft room. If you don’t have the space, maybe you could put a divider in your shelf so that all the cookbooks you’ve used go on one side of the divider.
I’ll post monthly updates as I go! Some support would be great, so do you want join in?
I’ve created a Flickr group. Share your cookbook collection (how big is your challenge?), progress photos, food that you’ve cooked and the pile of books to donate at the end of the year!
If you’d like to, grab a button and share the challenge:
How many cookbooks do you have? How many do you regularly use? Do you want to join me in this challenge? Let me know in the comments.