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Day 180: Things I will never buy #2: Cookbooks

meehhhhhhh... you guys.... I'm sitting here in front of my fan, mainlining popsicles and dealing with extreme brain melt as suggested in my post from awhile ago about how to beat the heat.

*Note, it is 30 degrees and sunny outside, which is not that hot in the grand scheme of things, but given that genetic makeup was designed to live out on the foggy moors, I am not super-well equipped to deal with this.

At least I don't have to wear 10,000 layers of petticoats, like this poor overheated vintage lady.

Anyway, I was attempting to locate a thought in the goo that is my overheated brain today, and it was right there under my hands! In order to make a little money and declutter (mainly to declutter), I put up a bunch of my books for sale online. So far, I have sold two - both of them very heavy, sizable cookbooks. I listed both as "like new" condition, which is totally accurate because I never used them. In fact, I never use any cookbooks.

Sorry, Julia. It's not you, it's me! And you're still fabulous! I just don't want to own any of your books.

Why? The internet. When I want to make something, it's so easy to just go to Epicurious or Allrecipes (or just Google the recipe I'm looking for) and find a recipe that looks good. I hate clutter and paperwork, in general. When I find a recipe that I particularly like, I may save it in an email or something, but I never print it out and keep it or anything like that. And they are big and heavy and annoying when moving.

Cookbooks are nice for pictures, and everything. And they make nice gifts, and look impressive on your shelves.

If you're keeping track, now I have two items on a list of items that I will never ever, buy:

- cookbooks

And I'm thinking of adding bubble bath to that list, mainly because it's so hot right now that a bubble bath sounds like the most torturous thing anyone could possible ever do. And also, I keep being regifted bubble bath. But I will wait and reassess that another day.

For now, I need to muster my energy to go and buy some watermelon. Watermelon = BLISS


~Carla~ said...

I never buy perfume either... My husband buys it for me! ;) And as for cookbooks, I will buy them but they have to be filled with LOTS of recipes that I'll use.

Niki said...

I have never bought a cookbook either, or perfume.

Internet Forever!!

I also don't buy DVD's anymore, this used to be an addiction of mine. I wanted a library of DVD's when I was younger, but I now realize we NEVER watched them.

Anonymous said...

No No No! Anne, while agree that you don't need to buy most cookbooks, you do need 3. In order of importance they are 1) Julia's two part Mastering the art of French Cooking. This one is almost as much for the chapters on methodolgy and equipment as it is for the recipies. 2) Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything. The title says it.
3) Joy of Cooking. This one is for the baking and for second opinions in case you need to Frankenstein a recipe together from several sources. Other than all other cookbooks are filler and food porn.

The beauty part is that the three I listed you call all get second hand. I got my copy of Julia from the Trident.


Annabelle said...

Thanks for the pointers, Z. Do you really mean both parts of the Julia Child one, though? I wonder if I can get withdrawn library copies of any of these... hmm...

Niki - I'm weaning myself off of buying books. With very few rare exceptions, I never read anything twice. Libraries for the win!

Carla - I think that a cookbook would need to be absolutely packed full of great recipes for me to give up valuable shelf space for it. None of this "one recipe from each book until your shelf is full of books" nonsense.

Heather said...

I only buy cookbooks when I feel guilty. If I have recipes memorized and use them weekly then I feel like I have an obligation to buy the book. But I pass them on to friends to hang on to and then borrow as needed!

Annabelle said...

Heather, that's a really good point! I'm the same with library books - if I've borrowed it more than 2 or 3 times to reread, I feel like I owe it to the author to buy a copy!

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