The Reluctant Blogger


A New Year’s Resolution
December 20, 2009, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Cookbook Project

I’ll preface this post by pointing out that I’m usually not one for resolutions.  Too many resolutions are of the sort that should just be lifestyle choices – eat better, exercise more, etc. – and never seem to last beyond the first month or two of the new year.  I suppose this is a lifestyle choice of sorts, too, but it seems like the kind of grand plan that I’ll never stick with if I don’t have some sort of accountability.  So, here goes: my New Year’s resolution for 2010 is to cook at least one recipe from every cookbook I own.  If I can’t cook at least one recipe from a book over the course of the next year, it doesn’t deserve space on my shelves.

A few exceptions will be allowed.  For instance, I will give myself an exemption for the condensed soup cookbook from my grandma, since condensed soups made their exit from my diet over the past year.  Anything with sentimental value gets to stay, whether I manage to cook from it or not, though I will try.

Over my long Christmas weekend, I’ll work on posting a list of the cookbooks I own, with the goal of checking off each book as the year progresses.  Can I make it?  Who knows.  But with the motivation of having to ditch cookbooks I don’t cook from, perhaps I’ll actually do it.

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That is smart thinking. I’m such a bad clutterbug in general and even moreso with books. I get a lot of them from friends, and even if I don’t cook something directly from it, I still use it as inspiration, since I’m notorious for going off-recipe. I look forward to hearing more about your culinary journey through the printed page!

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