Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Cookery Books



This morning I decided I would go through my cookery books. I counted 43.






Some of my books for example like Nigel Slater are gifts from my loved ones. But others are second hand, I  would never go out and buy a brand new book, most are picked up from the car boot for £1.00.

I also keep recipe folders, and just bought a few more, I don't see the point of keeping a book for just one or two recipes and I also print recipes out from websites or jot down any good ones.




So after a sort out these are the ones going.




I also sorted out a few other books I have finished with.




A few other books have been sold on Ziffit.


All of the above will be going to the next car boot sale. 

I have lots more sorting out to do, seeing what I can find to sell. It's good to have a declutter.

28 comments:

  1. What a great collection. I confess I don't have many cook books I'm an online person and love looking at all the variations on a theme.

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    1. Yes finding things online is a very good and cheap option, saves buying books at all.

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  2. I agree, I always feel I breathe better after chucking stuff out. Thanks for the ziffit info- did my first sale last week. So easy!

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    1. Well done, I try and sell what I can, but if it doesn't sell then it goes to the charity shop.

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  3. I am in need of a declutter already, we have way too much for the size of the house. I wasn't very realistic when we moved in.

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    1. It is difficult isn't it, what to keep and what to get rid off.

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  4. I was also a Ziffit newbie recently - all DVDs.
    I need to sort my cookery books - I only really use one and that's the Bero one - the others I just enjoy looking at the photos. I lusted after Delia's Complete Cookery Course for ages, it was a bit expensive brand new so kept a look out for it secondhand. We went to Wickes for something last week and in the corner near the cash desks there was a pile of donated books, the proceeds of which were for the Alzheimer's Society. I had a quick look and there it was - Delia's Complete Cookery Course for a small donation (it said 30p but I left £1). Amazing what people donate.

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    1. Yes I love the Bero one, what a lucky find, I find if you wait you will always find a bargain in the end.

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  5. That is a collection of cookery books! I think my favourites are the old Elizabeth David books, which i collected years ago.

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    1. I must confess I have never heard of Elizabeth David. I shall look to see who she is.

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  6. I have quite a few of those too. I enjoy reading some of them in the same way others might read a novel. Strange but true!

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    1. Well I am the same Deborah, I really struggle with fiction, but non fiction I read them in detail.

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    2. Yes, I like reading them like 'ordinary' books too!

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    3. I think quite a few people do, I rarely buy non fiction.

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  7. I had a good sort out of my cookery books last year. I very rarely used them so I just kept favourites like my Primrose Bakery and Bero books. I don't miss them at all as I much prefer a quick Google if I am looking for something in particular-x-

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    1. It saves cluttering up the house doesn't it x

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  8. I declutteted some cookery recently too, the ones I kept are the ones I like to read through as they have lots of information, not just recipes. I get a lot of inspiration online, but sometimes it's nice to leaf through a book.

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    1. Yes I know what you mean, I very often read them from cover to cover.

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  9. It does feel good doesn't it, having a good go through and sort out. I only did our cookery books a couple of months ago too xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl it is so easy to let things build up, we last had a clear out when we moved 2 years ago.

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  10. It must feel great to have a good clear out.
    I've never had as many as you but I got rid of a lot of my cookery books, preferring to get my ideas online or from magazines but I do miss being able to browse them when I have an opportunity. X

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    1. It is nice to look through a proper book isn't it, but then the negative is they take room x

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  11. I, too, have a huge pile of cookery books that I need to 'weed'. No idea how many, but I know I need to refine them. However, I find this very difficult. Whereas with other types of books I don't have a problem, I have got rid of my early cookery books in the past and have since regretted it. Not for the recipes, but the memories those books engendered - books from the 1960s, even leaflets that I had come with products, such as cheese - because they reminded me of cooking for the family in the 1960s and 1970s, how recipes were so much more simple in those days (and just as tasty, I might add.) One book was on entertaining, and that was lovely - it showed how to make various popular cocktails of the day - not that I made them, but just seeing the illustrations now would bring back memories of those times. So be careful what you discard. Of course, we can't really discard memories, but just as books from child years gone by

    By the way, I have never made a Mary Berry recipe that was a success, and when I tried Nigel Slater's cottage pie substituting sweet potato for ordinary mash on the top, it was disgusting. Sorry, Mary, sorry Nige!
    Margaret P

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    1. I would love to get more old fashioned style cookery books. Nigel is my favourite, followed by Mary, but we are all different, nothing wrong with that.

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  12. Maybe it's my cooking rather than Mary or Nige being not-so-good, ha ha!
    Margaret P

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  13. I love looking at other peoples books ... even ones they are getting rid of. We have a lot of books in common :-)

    I've been sorting through my old books too, some of mine are from the days when we obviously just ate differently and are no longer suitable for us, Jamie Oliver's first few for instance. I am being absolutely ruthless with my sorting this time around.

    I want space on the shelves :-)

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  14. Well done you as well, I think you have to be ruthless, my shelves are looking much better, I just don't see the point of them just sitting there, I would rather have the money and the space.

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