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Cook Books – Use ’em or Lose ’em!

We have a ton of cook books. Cook books always play a major role as Christmas gifts too. Each year we probably add half a dozen to our library. In general, we look at the book immediately after unwrapping it.  Then we make these great plans on all the new things we’ll make, then fail to execute.  When we have a dinner party or a free weekend, we’ll pull a cook book and find something new.  The book goes right back to the shelf afterwards, not to be explored again until another special occasion..

Cook Book Shelves

Our cook book shelves are overflowing

Cook book shelves

So many cook books and so little time.

I decided that I’d be meat free in January (also chose to be booze free). Needing to expand my meatless repertoire. I pulled A Year in a Vegetarian’s Kitchen – grabbed some post it notes and went to marking interesting recipes. About a dozen of these recipes really spoke to us and since they were vegetarian it fit my nutritional changes for the month.

We loved the recipes we made throughout the month. We tried so many great things in January, we decided to pick another cook book for February and will try this experiment again. While I’m not going to be meatless in February, I do plan to remain as mindful about my food as I was in January. It might be a bit tougher considering we chose Tommy Bahamas Flavors of the Southern Coast as our February book. We found another dozen or so recipes, but these recipes all require more work than our January selections, so adding these to our week night rotation will be tough.

It felt great trying so many new recipes in January and I can’t wait to work our way through this new book. How often do you use your cook books?  Seriously, how often?  Do you dig getting a new cook book as much as I do?  I love to give cook books just as much – it often means that someone will be thanking me for the gift by making something amazing out of their new book too.  Now that’s a win-win!

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