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post #31 of 117
Being lucky enough to have a new kitchen and walk in pantry, the first 5 shelves on the left are keepers of the frequently used ones. The bookcases in the family room hold the ones that have fallen slightly out of favor for the moment. Plus they hold all the little pamphlets and notes that my aunt had. She was a great cook and I treasure all of her recipes. There is usually one or two left out from some baking adventure or evening reading. Must have spilled something on one of them....found the schnauzer licking the cover! I wouldn't sell a cookbook.......now the kids.......that could be arranged!;)
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post #32 of 117
Pete,

You should invest in a scanner...:rolleyes:
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post #33 of 117

The escalation of a NEED in ten easy steps

1. Spotting a cookbook by it's nice cover;

2. Picking up the cookbook and thumbing through it, just to look at the pics;

3. Thumbing through it some more, stopping at the recipes, drooling a little bit while planning some menus;

4. Jotting down a couple of recipes;

5. Typing up the jotted recipes and filing into the computer;

6. Printing the recipes;

7. Going on amazon.com to read book reviews, etc.; maybe there will be recipes there too;

8. Afterall, it's a very very nice book, lovely concept...and the pics are so inspiring...;

9. Do I REALLY need this book or can I do without it?

10. By now, I WANT the book 'cause I really NEED IT!!! :eek:
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post #34 of 117

*LOUD GUFFAW*

I swear, cookbooks (well, books in general) is the only thing my husband and I regularly have spats about. But it's not my fault! I swear they have been breeding while I am at work.

;)

I ran out of trying to designate one place for all of my cookbooks. On the shelf in my living room (the large shelf, with the college and highschool yearbooks) I have the notebooks of recipes, like the one from my bridal shower- vegetarian recipes contributed by friends and family who were scared for me to marry a vegetarian; the recipes passed down from my Great-Grandmother, and folders of recipes clipped from magazines from as far back as the late 70s (given to me by my mother).

I move too often. Some are still in a box in our office, like Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and the all-encompassing Madeleine Kamman.

In the kitchen on the fridge are some old Julia Child, some various Cooking for Two books, and Betty Crocker.

On our old game shelf (they had to be moved to make way!!) are the random but intriguing cookbooks I love to read, pick recipes out of but never make.

In the front of the other bookshelf is the pile of cookbooks I checked out from the library, well, except those I have been copying recipes from onto my computer. So I guess there is a stack beside the monitor too.

But you should see my database!! It's so organized! I have recipes divided up into folders based on what part of the meal they belong to, and then the ethnicity or the type. Some recipes are copied into different folders. I'm being trained in using MSAccess where I work, and will probably transfer them all to an actual database with structure and searching/printing capabilities.

Then I have my various food journals, in various places. The most recent is on the shelf next to my regular journal. Guess which one gets written in more??!?!? :D

I am fortunate in one thing- I am not a wealthy woman. This limits a lot of my cookbook cravings to holidays, where my step-mother in law happily dumps millions of cookbooks on me as presents (They're probably saying "She's so easy!" but it's really what I ask for!!), and for my monthly library trips. Libraries have cool cookbooks, and often have the ones from the 70s that have been forgotten, or those unique regional books that were probably donated.

:bounce: I too enjoy curling up with a cookbook. Its something about research for me. I love to plan and find perfect recipes even more than making them (I was the same in college- I loved researching for papers, but didn't enjoy finishing the research as much).

Hmm... seems to me I haven't gotten all the way through the Millenium Cookbook yet. See ya!

~~Shimmer~~
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post #35 of 117
By now Kim you should know where to find excerpt of cookbooks online. It’s at Barnes & Noble.... :D
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
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When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

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post #36 of 117
I swear, cookbooks (well, books in general) is the only thing my husband and I regularly have spats about. But it's not my fault! I swear they have been breeding while I am at work.

That sounds exactly like my fiance but I think he (and my family) love it that Im easy and cheap to shop for at xmas. I have cookbooks on the bookshelf, next to the bookshelf and near to the bookshelf in my office. They are also next to the fridge and on top of my little used microwave. The last pile is next to my bed. :eek: My 18 month old son, who spends almost as much time in the kitchen as I do, likes to lie next to me an look at the pictures. His second word was "cookie". :rolleyes:

I eventually plan on getting another bookshelf or three.:) And Shimmer, when you do eventually figure out the MS Access database let me know. Ive been trying for a year now and somehow cannot get my reports to print the one recipe I want instead of my whole database.

As for "unused cookbooks" like, Patti LaBelle's and the "Baking Soda" book, I just give em to the local library. You would be surprised at how thankful they are when you do.
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post #37 of 117
Ikea has nice bookshelves with doors.
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
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When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

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post #38 of 117
WOW!
I'm impressed of how organized are you guys!
Being totally untidy (like many geniuses, of course;) ) I'm also pretty disorganized in storing my cookbooks and recipes...I mean iI haven't any classification system and my possibilities of finding what I'm looking for are entirely relied on my HUGE memory:D

Basically, I have a limited amount of "favourite" books (about 30) that are kept in my kitchen, in a bookshelf just close to the cooking area. Those are the books I consult for "usual"cooking, and I've read them so many times that I can find any recipe I need by memory.

As for the other (particularly for the funniest part of by collection, the foreign books I have purchased during my travels) they're kept in a separate section of our home bookcase, just close to my hubby's wine books:) . Obviously my memory isn't SO huge I can find at the first attempt anything I'm looking for...but this is a good excuse for spending some nice time reading recipes and articles here and there!

About this point, I have a question for you. Like many readers, I read my favourite "normal" books many and many times. Nothing odd if the book is a novel or everything else having a literary value...but WHAT ABOUT cookbooks? I enjoy reading and reading again also my favourite cookbooks and magazine articles...is it a sign of mental insanity, or what? Maybe it isn't the right place where to ask for an answer;) but other inputs are appreciated...

The third part of my collection are, as usual, the magazines, that are the main problem since, apart from my favourite copies of La Cucina Italiana which are in the bookcase, I keep them in cardboard boxes...so, finding a recipe there is something like going hunting in the African jungle.

As for my own recipes, I must admit that, although I usually write everything on my PC when working, I write all the recipes by hands on some old-fashioned exercise books. It is, maybe, the only thing I still write by hands...why? Well...I think it's because I love them-for the same reason why I would never write a love letter with a PC:) ....

Pongi
post #39 of 117
Unless a book has lots of good info and recipes, I don't own it. I'll copy down a few recipes into my various electronics and keep them that way. Very easy to search and index.

For the books I do keep, I have a large teak bookshelf. It's mostly sorted by size because each shelf is set at a different height. That works OK because most authors tend to publish their next book in the same form factor as their previous book.

But it was the only way I had to maximize the storage.

My cookbooks are often in the kitchen with me. I write in them, mark them and re-index in the front pages. Recipes I use frequently get indexed in front for quick reference. And ones I use a lot get put in my Visor or Palm for instant and ever ready access. I ALWAYS keep a source reference to the original book in my electronic versions so I can give proper credit if I share it, or if i need to reference the original for some reason.

Phil
post #40 of 117
Like you, Pongi, I enjoy reading my cookbooks and magazines over and over again. Insanity? Umm, maybe, maybe NOT! ;)
K

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«Just Give Me Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt.»
«Coffee, Chocolate, Men ... Some things are just better rich.»
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post #41 of 117
No. Definitely NOT. :D
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post #42 of 117
I was so anxious to find solutions to my recipe storage problems when I saw this thread,but I see we are all in about he same shape.Chiffonade you are really well organized;I admire that!

We moved last year and I did try to get rid of some books and magazine; I would put them in a box to give away but at the end of the day most of them were back out because I would think of a really neat recipe I had made at one time,sooo I HAD to KEEP it.

We have downsized so I don't have as much space for my many many books here;I have a few (lots) here and there on shelves;I sure would love to organize them someday.

I have the "Grand Diplome Cooking Course"books;there are 20 in this series that I aquired about 30 years ago;they are the best(great recipes and lots ot informative reading).

Pete I also have the MasterCook recipe program;I'm in the process of writing a recipe book (family recipes for my children)it's a fun project.

And I agree there is nothing better than to curl up with a good recipe book;I always keep a couple inthe car ;if I'm stuck in traffic or having to wait for someone my books help me relax.

So if someone comes up with a plan let me know but PLEASE don't tell me I have to get rid of them.


:D
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post #43 of 117

Oh, my does this bring out the juices

I love cookbooks. I cannot keep from getting more. In fact, I just purchased a recipe book with 50 recipes for biscotti (my momster is very fond of biscotti). One on pot pies is on the way to my house at this very moment. All my cook books are on shelves in my bedroom. My MasterCook on the computer (in my bedroom) has thousands of favorites and ones that await trial; I regularly do RecipeSource on line. I like the MC on the computer because I can do a regular search when I have a particular ingredient that needs to be used. This goes for the RecipeSource as well. I did do a massive down size of my cookbook collection about 10 years ago, keeping only favorites that I thought would be helpful in a much changed lifestyle. Well guess what, I didn't bring enough of them along because I still mourn some of the ones I didn't keep. We all know comfort foods, well cookbooks are my comfort.

Have you noticed though that it takes so long to look and ponder recipes that you end up having to do a last minute 'throw it together', because you've spent too much time looking for just the right recipe?
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post #44 of 117
"Have you noticed though that it takes so long to look and ponder recipes that you end up having to do a last minute 'throw it together', because you've spent too much time looking for just the right recipe?"



YES!!!!:crazy:
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post #45 of 117
Good point Marm!

For me looking for the right recipe is half the fun! :)
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
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post #46 of 117
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post #47 of 117
I just moved from a 4 bedroom 3 bath to a Bungalow with 1 BR 1 bath.....office moved at the same time...DOWNSIZING. Books and mags went flying.

I have an antique Armoire with glass doors and carved wood flowers on the sides that lives in the livingroom with only cookbooks....divided into baking, Julia and James, Time-Life (from my childhood, vegetarian, game/shrooms same same in my book, cajun/creole, ethnic and I do have that algerian as well as lithuanian etc book, that's pretty much how it's divided oh yeah the chocolate shelf overrunnth.
cookbooks being read in my BR, cookbooks used often on the one counter in the kitchen !! 1950's orginal kitchen...except fridge. READ NO COUNTER>
I'm not meticulous about my books, if you pick up one I've used you'll know it...it will possibly not have a binder, it will OPEN to recipes that are fav automatically, it will definately have dried samples of much used ones.....these are Joy of Cooking, Maida Heaters, Le Notre pastry, I'm sure a few odds and ends.....and I have my Mom's Settlement and Good Housekeeping from the 50's as well as prying Pillsbury "Best of the Bake-off collection" circa 1966 from her library.
I dated a guy for years that had the largest cookbook library in Mo. cookbooks were mine to borrow or recieve for the asking....the way to my heart is definately fueled by books.(wine/food doesn't hurt either....but information got me.)
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post #48 of 117
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Shroomgirl,

Ugh, downsizing, that's got to be the toughest thing to do for a collector. The Friends of the Library are having their spring sale so my collection just grew by another non-existent shelf... LOL!

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post #49 of 117
on a shelf.
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post #50 of 117
I don't have half of what you all have, but I still have problems with organization. I keep my cookbooks in a nook/cranny thing in the kitchen. I have purchased specific La Cucina Italiana, Gourmet and Bon Appetit mags, and I have a subscription to Cooking Light that I am less enthisastic about these days. I've not heard of Saveur before, but I suspect I'll be spotting them in my house soon. ;)

Questions for all you electronic media users - Are your computers in your kitchen? Do you print out your recipes when you decide to use them? Do you find, as I think it was Marmalade who said, you spend too much time searching? This is my biggest problem! Aside from figuring out what to do with the magazines.

And how on earth can you remember what recipe is in which book when you have 500 cookbooks??!!
post #51 of 117
I do now! Well, not a permanent fixture, but I recently ran an Ethernet cable to the kitchen so I can take my laptop to the kitchen and have internet access to my office computer's database of recipes. Now, there is no more running back and forth to the office, or printing recipes just so I can have them in the kitchen. At times, it is also handy to access the internet directly from the kitchen.

Although my recipe database does have some complete recipes, most entries are cross-references to cookbooks (I'm too lazy to retype all those recipes), for example, the database entry for "Bagels" simply has a note that says "The Bread Baker's Apprentice, page 115". Then once I have tried a recipe and proven it is worth keeping, I will enter the complete formula in my database.
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post #52 of 117
I don't have a large collection but it's steadily growing for each pay check I bring in :D
However, I keep them all in a cupboard and away from like 80% of the dust in my room. Its getting tight in there but within the next month or so, My tenants in the basement are moving so once they're cleared out and work done to the place, I'll be moving down there with a lot more space for my books. I'm thinking of either building a bookshelf or getting a metal rack for them or get plastic orginizer/moving bins (I save most of my mags and some artical clipouts too).

With the rack idea, the books will share it's space with my DVDs, which is growing faster then my book collection :cool:

I keep some of my recipes in digital formats so I'm also thinking of making a space for my laptop in the kitchen.
post #53 of 117
Oh man, do I need more space too!

We have one small built in shelf which has been full for quite some time. Now, I'm actually storing some on the floor in a stack in FRONT of the shelf unit and I'm storing some at work on a shelf.

I'm not sure how many I have, I've lost count. LOL 300ish I would say.

My prize possession(s) are 2 editions of the Epicurean. We found them at a flea market in a huge lot of books the vendor had purchased from a family whose father had just died. The father was a big time book dealer and these books were from his personal "stash" from a storage unit. Books that never even saw his shop, he was just hording them! LOL

Oh boy, we bought SO many books from her that day!
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post #54 of 117

the freezer of course

"in the freezer of course" along with the coffee, all my cash because we know how likely a theif is to look in there(don't tell any one) and the 25 gallons of milk i got outof the soon to expire bin. haha just kidding mine are usually on my counter where i can get them easiy. i wish i had an island to put them on or at least a bookshelf in the kitchen . some day some day.
post #55 of 117
I want to scan my favorite recipes from my cookbooks onto my computer in the future. Now, only new recipes I find on the net, or from new books and magazines are on my computer.

I have to wait for the rest until I get the majority of my cookbooks out of storage in order to put them on the computer. Then, I will categorize the cookbooks by subject, and alphabetize them within the subject.
post #56 of 117
piled on my chair beside my desk... i'm just starting out, so i dont have many. They sure do help with homework, sure net is grat, but not the same as having a cook book right there on the desk
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post #57 of 117
I keep my cookbooks on the desk in my bedroom, whenever I'm bored or can't sleep I read them.
post #58 of 117

how i organize

my cookbooks are organized by what culture there from.For EX.italian cookbooks are sepret from chinese ones. i have one blank cook book that i write my own recipises in. i store them in my bedroom on a book shelf.

Alfredo
post #59 of 117
those of you who have things stored on the computer, please remember that one good lightning storm can make everything go ffffft! found this out the hard way.
JOY lives in the kitchen on the breadbox with my not so blank notebook for writing down inspirations, and my daughters klutz press KIDS COOKING. all three are...used looking. leave it at that. the rest are what i'd call core reference, culled down over the years. they live in the dining room but still have the same 'patina' as the other three. i read all of these over and over. to flesh out an inspiration, i go to the library. since cooking isnt the only thing i study if i didnt limit myself i'd be living in a house made of books duct-taped together with a tarp thrown over.
one thing i have overdosed on are the old recipe booklets they gave out as promotion years ago. i own fire hazardous stacks of these. i dont know whats better- the recipes, the pictures, they way they capture their particular era or what but im addicted!
post #60 of 117
I keep my books on a set of stacked shelves, in an alcove between the bedroom and kitchen. Good lighting, I can see them from my work space, and they are always easy to find. Most of my ideas come out of one of the 4 large binders that are full of my own recipies.
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