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My cookbooks – Random Recipes #18

Uncategorized | 18th July 2012 | By

Hooray for Dom of Belleau Kitchen. He’s given us all a nice easy Random Recipe challenge this month and it’s a fun one too. We get to have a peek at bloggers’ cookbook collections – that is my kind of fun! Life has been particularly busy this month and with all the bakes I made for my birthday, I have quite a number of posts to write. So I was particularly delighted to find we didn’t need to cook anything this month. No recipes you cry? No indeed, it’s all about finding out exactly where our random recipes are picked from.

My books are scattered throughout the house. My librarian’s mind would love them to be neatly ordered in one place, but that is not how it is. Over the years I’ve acquired many many books, but because of space issues I’ve tried to have a one in, one out policy. Since starting the blog however, this policy has gone out of the window (unlike the books) and we’ve had some new shelves put in to house the overload. They are now full so I’m not sure what happens next!

Most of my older cookbooks in the Kitchen.

Our newest shelves just above our computer. Most but not all of my baking books on bottom shelf – CT has claimed most of top shelf!
Most, but not all of my chocolate books on a rickety bamboo shelf thingy that I bought about 20 years ago which resides in our sitting room.

My newest cookbook – a birthday present from CT sits on my bedside table – he chose well.

A really interesting book awaiting a review post – also sitting on my bedside table.
A few of the magazines lying around the place that I’ve managed to get into a box.

A few more thieved from CTs shelf space on the upstairs landing.

Books about the politics of food – real food & sustainable farming.

I haven’t dared photograph the piles of magazines nor the cuttings and scraps which really ought to be neatly filed away.

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    Kate@whatkatebaked
    18th July 2012

    I’m really enjoying this month’s theme! Thank you for showing us around your brilliant collection of cookbooks!

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      Choclette
      18th July 2012

      Thanks Kate, it’s another inspired idea by the brilliant Dom ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Debby
    18th July 2012

    I’m enjoying the challenge too….It’s been really good fun. Wow what a lot of books you’ve got…that’s what I call a cookery book stash. So many that I haven’t seen before…I’d love to have a good read of them.
    Thanks for sharing.

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      Choclette
      18th July 2012

      Thanks Debby. I think I’d have an awful lot more if I’d kept all of them! I’ve had a few cookery book tours so far and am looking forward to more ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    18th July 2012

    that’s quite a collection C!… I love that you had to have new shelves built to house some of it… that is dedication… I have so much enjoyed peeking into peoples homes and seen their collections, it has been quite an eye-opener and a revelation too and so interesting to see the kind of books people have (once all the Nigella’s are filtered away) such as your books on the politics of food… really lovely… and thanks so much for entering x

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      Choclette
      19th July 2012

      Yes, it’s amazing how many seem to have snuck up on me without me realising just what was going on! I seem to be sadly lacking on the Nigella front with only one of hers to show off. Great challenge again Dom, thank you.

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    Alida
    18th July 2012

    You have lots of books! They don’t just have recipes written in them , cookery books also carry memories. I had my first cookery book at 15 and I am still making many cake’s recipes from that book.
    Great post!

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      Choclette
      19th July 2012

      Thanks Alida, you are so right. Cookbooks are a lot more than just a bunch of recipes. I still have some of my early books too.

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    18th July 2012

    I love your collection of books and agree that it’s impossible to have enough space to keep all cook books together. I would love my own little cook book library , maybe once the children have left home that could be a future plan!

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    Karen S Booth
    18th July 2012

    THANK goodness there is someone like me in this RR challenge! I won’t feel so embarrassed about showing my scattered books and magazines now! LOVELY to peek inside chocolate HQ! Karen

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      Choclette
      19th July 2012

      Ha ha, had to clear up all those chocolate wrappers before I could take any photos Karen. Looking forward to seeing some of your books and where you keep them ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Johanna GGG
    18th July 2012

    I love this challenge too because I love peeking at others’ bookshelves – esp the cookbooks. I have felt a bit shy of joining in because my books are a mess but maybe I should. I am jealous of your extra shelves. I need some too. But they do fill up so quickly. So many great cookbooks out there

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      Choclette
      19th July 2012

      Johanna, oh do do a post. It’s so interesting seeing what others do with their books AND what books they’ve got.

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    Javelin Warrior
    18th July 2012

    I have really enjoyed this month’s RR challenge because I’ve gotten to check out so many different collections of cookbooks (and how they’re organized and stored). I must admit, I do keep almost all of my cookbooks in one spot and tucked away – there’s the neat-freak part of me that just won’t shut up until I put them away again ๐Ÿ˜‰ But you also have way more cookbooks than I and clicking each picture to get ideas…

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      Choclette
      19th July 2012

      It’s a fun challenge JW. I used to be a neat freak and it’s still there lurking inside me waiting for the right opportunity – one day!

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    18th July 2012

    I like your scattered approach but I see some logic there too. (I didn’t dare take a pic of my disorganised pile of scraps and cuttings either). I’m very pleased you’ve abandoned your one in one out policy. I worked in libraries for a few years in the 1980s but since I gave it up I’ve adopted a more emotional approach to the ordering of books. It’s harder to find things, but I feel better about it.

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      Choclette
      19th July 2012

      Well I hadn’t guessed that you’d worked in libraries too Phil. There is some logic in my placement – shelf size, how often I use books and when I got them all comes into it. But I won’t be happy until they are properly organised!

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    celia
    19th July 2012

    My cookbooks are out of control! At least your librarian mind is still grouping them together, but mine are tucked into all sorts of nooks and crannys. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I long ago stopped reading food magazines – there just wasn’t enough space for all the paper! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      23rd July 2012

      Ha ha, Celia. I bet you can lay your hands on any of your books with out having them desperately organised. It’s very hard not to just keep collecting. I’m with you on the magazine. I haven’t bought one for years, but the odd one or two seem to find their way into my house despite this ‘-)

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    Debs Dust Bunny
    19th July 2012

    Oh I see you have the new Biscuit cookbook. I just read about it in the newspaper. Is it any good?

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      Choclette
      23rd July 2012

      Hi Debs. I’ve really been enjoying the book, there are lots of interesting sounding recipes and tips and techniques. I’ve only made the blackcurrant and white chocolate biscuits so far – see my previous post.

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      Choclette
      23rd July 2012

      Thank you Sue, you always say the nicest of things – at least when you’ve not got your wicked queen hat on!

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    Baking Addict
    19th July 2012

    Dom is a genius with this month’s RR. I love being a nosey parker and comparing my cookbook collection. I’ve spied short and sweet in almost every entry I’ve seen so far! My books are all over the place which will be a nightmare to photograph. Hmm.. perhaps a quick tidying up is in order! Great collection of books and exactly as I would imagine it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      23rd July 2012

      Yes this has been a great RR Ros, I’m a nosey parker too and have really been enjoying taking a peek at various collections. haven’t seen yours yet though. Since you mentioned it, I’ve been noticing Short & Sweet everywhere too.

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    The KitchenMaid
    20th July 2012

    What a collection! So many interesting-looking titles there, and I will be interested to see what you think of the Sitwell book. I got some great ones for my birthday too…

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      Choclette
      23rd July 2012

      I’ve just posted the Hundred Recipes. I’m really enjoying it – lots of interesting stories and facts and a great book for dipping in and out of. In fact very short chapters that I can manage to read before falling into an exhausted sleep at night.

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    Kat@LifeofaCupcakeBaker
    20th July 2012

    Good lord!! You have a heck of a lot of cookbooks!!! I’ve got soo many to go to get anywhere near your collection!

    *tuts* Rookie me!!!

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      Choclette
      23rd July 2012

      He he Kat, I thought I had rather a lot until I started seeing some of the others!

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    Jacqueline
    21st July 2012

    It”s knowing where to expand to next. A great collection Choclette ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Blue Kitchen Bakes
    21st July 2012

    Wow you have lots of books. I’m using this challenge as justification to allow my book collection to keep expanding! Not sure the OH agrees with me though…

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      Choclette
      23rd July 2012

      Well it’s good to keep finding new excuses – one of them might just work!

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    Caroline
    28th July 2012

    Love seeing all your books and where they live! I too have totally run out of bookshelf space. But I’m not stopping buying the books any time soon, or the magazines….

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