About the project

UPDATE: So…the project hasn’t been going as planned. Cooking out of one book for a month is annoying and uninspiring. So, I am just planning on cooking out of my books, seeing which ones have tasty recipes and inspire me, and use that to guide my decision to cut or keep. The questions I pose below, however, still apply.


A new one bedroom apartment can’t handle my cookbook collection! Follow along as I cook through my cookbooks, deciding which books stay and which books go.

Every month I will choose a book to feature. I’ll make at least ten recipes from the book. I’ll try to pick a range of recipes – from appetizers to desserts and everything in between. At the end of the month, I’ll assess the book and decide if it deserves a spot in my collection. Here are some of the questions I’ll consider when making my decision:

  • Did I actually find ten recipes that I wanted to make?
  • Did the recipes work as written?
  • Were the recipes tasty?
  • Does the book use ingredients I like to cook with?
  • Are the majority of the recipes my style of cooking?
  • Did I learn something new?

I hope not only to pare down my collection to books I love and will use, but I want to get a better sense of the types of books to buy that will add value – rather than repetition – to my collection. I also want to add books that will stretch my skills, rather than just a collection of 30 minute dinners.  book of 30 minute dinners.

Warning: This blog isn’t going to be fancy! There will be photos, but mediocre ones. Blogging is not my job. It’s simply meant to keep me motivated as I plod through this project. If anyone out in the internet universe finds something useful in it, great. If not, that’s fine too!

Please note that I will not publish recipes from the books. If you want the recipes, you’ll have to get the book or find it elsewhere online. Sorry!