Sunday Night Rewind: For the love of cookbooks


{Sunday Night Rewind – on Monday morning! Technical difficulties last night! This post originally posted on 28th May 2009.} 


cooking the books

Hello hello!! It's 10pm and I'm halfway through cooking a huge bolognaise and raspberry muffins and choc chip biscuits to take with us to a family holiday house up on the Hawkesbury River, tomorrow morning. 

The house belongs to our friend Roo's family, his grandparents I think, and there's no electricity or running water as I understand. But apparently it has a fantastic kitchen. Awesome!

Our friends are doing the adult catering and I'm doing kids. 

So if this is disjointed, apologies: it's because I keep leaping up to take something out of the oven and stir a pot!

Anyway, I'm going to share with you another of my weaknesses. I know, I have so many. And this one is serious. 

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Cookbooks. So many. And this is only the beginning…

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It's a real problem. And in the spirit of full confession, this doesn't even include the ones I'm currently cooking from:

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There they are, on top of the microwave. 

In the scheme of things though, cookbooks, although prolific, really only scratch the surface of my problem…

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I love love love these gorgeous shelves, they go right to the ceiling, right up the stairs. And the kids and I spend a lot of time sitting on these stairs;

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reading cookbooks, of course.


10 Comments on “Sunday Night Rewind: For the love of cookbooks

Darren (Green Change)
October 17, 2011 at 8:24 am

Awesome shelves! My books tend to breed to fill the available shelf space (and much of the surrounding floor/bench space too!).

I still see tons of cookbooks I want to buy, but I have to resist. Most of what I cook now is from recipes on the web (especially from blogs like yours!), conveniently displayed on the iPad on the kitchen bench.

Thrifty Household
October 17, 2011 at 9:05 am

Great bookshelves! I have the problem of never being able to find the book that I’ve added the pencil notes to. In order to find the recipe that I ‘tweaked’ & actually recorded now involves looking up the basic recipe in far too many books & getting annoyed. I need a very, very rainy long weekend so that I can create a vast index of all the recipes then I’d be ok…Do you have that problem to?

October 17, 2011 at 9:32 am

Hey I love your problem…Have fun away!!!

October 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Are you kidding?!? That is EXACTLY my problem and exactly why I have a food blog!! This little inner pickle is my own personal recipe archive!!!

October 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Wow those are absolutely awesome bookshelves! New reader, first time commenter, and love your blog!

October 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

OMG, I so want those bookshelves!!! LOL
I have a love of books too. I have put a stop to cookbooks as I am currently going through mine recipe by recipe, using my kids as guinea pigs and then adding them to my food blog if they are a hit, thus making up my own cookbook as I go.

Mary Ann Cauthen
October 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I loved this blog!! It is so me! I am a grandmother with grown children, & my house is full of books – many many cookbooks! In years past when money was less, I often spent grocery money on books! A house full of books everywhere is a wonderful place to raise a family! Keep at it! Mary Ann Cauthen

October 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Ah, a lady after my own heart. My books are my treasures, and my cookbooks collection is also enormous. Love it, love it, love it.

October 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I have bookcase envy – I don’t think I would ever have made it up those stairs in 1 go! I love cookbooks too – but I have very limited space – so have had to reduce my stock of cookbooks to those I use constantly and absolutely love. They also get to stay if they are ‘olden day’ cookbooks – I love early Australian cookbooks…..

Sarah @fignutmum
October 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

OMG, those bookshelves are awersome. I love them. I couldnt think of a better thing than those shevles long the stairs.
Seriously cool!

Oh I have a cook book/ book problem too. I think it is a good one to have!


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