I was down a few times in my career. I found I most enjoyed volume over quality. I would enlist my M-I-L, neighbors, anybody who asked how I was doing and do you need something? My response was always the same, stop at any garage sale, good will or thrift store and buy me as many cookbooks for a quarter they could carry. I once spent 7 months in therapy and only left the house for treatment. I would keep rolls of quarters and give them to anyone who dropped by.
I would go through the good and the bad books or magazines and usually find something I stored in my head for the future. I also found the older the read the more I learned. I especially like the books written by Social, Community, and Fund Raising Groups.