Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I think I need an intervention

I have a confession to make.

I have quite a significant collection of cookbooks.  Some of them I haven't even cooked a recipe out of (I really like the pictures though - does that count?).  Many a time I have fritted away an afternoon drooling over recipes in the guise of 'working out what to cook for dinner'.  Food porn I call it.  That's one reason why I love Celia's blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial - her pictures (and her recipes) are very drool-worthy! 

The LOML would like it immensely if I would reduce the number of cookbooks I own.  Likewise the number of gardening books.  And novels.  (what can I say, I'm a reader!).  Unfortunately for him, I don't like his chances.

So today I'd like to share with you some of the [many] cookbooks that regularly jump off the shelf at me....

This is my high school Home Economics textbook.  It's been many years since it was used as a textbook but the dog-eared, food spattered pages are testament to it's regular use.  I find it has all the basics in one place - pastries, biscuits, cakes, casseroles - that I then adapt according to what I have in the fridge and pantry!  Best of all I got it for $4 when the school library had a cleanout.  Nice.

This one is a present I got for the LOML for his birthday a couple of years back.  He doesn't cook but I was tired of getting him presents that he would never use (eg money clip, electric shaver) so that year I got him Jamie and told him he could pick any recipe out of it and I would cook it for him.  Me wanting the book had nothing, absolutely nothing, at all to do with this present decision!  I am still yet to make a recipe chosen by the LOML......!

This is my bargain market find - only $5!  It has the best dark fruit cake recipe - very much a favourite of the LOML.

This one the LOML bought for me when we got back from Thailand last year.  He bought it for the pictures scattered throughout - a very visual reminder for us of our trip.  I love it because of the recipes.  Everyone's happy!

This is another one that entered my collection just after we got back from our Thailand trip - I bought this one.  It has some amazing curries.  The hardest part is choosing just the one to cook.

And finally this is the book I turn to most when I am feeling creative or when I am craving something sweet!  Just flicking through its pages satisfies my every desire!

So that's it for today.  Like I said, I own a lot of books - certainly too many to be taking photos of them all and posting them here!  One of my favourite recreational pursuits is to stand in front of the cookery section shelves of the bookstore and flip through the pages of every book.  Probably not appreciated by the bookstore staff but if I had lots of money I'd buy them all!  I also love the cookery section of the library though the disappointing thing is that I have to give them back!  Oh well....!

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