Well my cookbooks are all out of boxes, my internet is back and it's time to start cooking again. I'm still working on a few move-related things around the house so I haven't been spending much time in the kitchen but hopefullly I will get back into the swing of things soon. I will admit that cooking is not as much fun when I have to wash all the dishes by hand but I'll just have to get used to that.
In the meantime, I thought I'd show you my cookbook collection.
This was my main shelf at one point. When I bought this shelf, I think it fit all of my cookbooks, just about.
However, I discovered my cookbook guy about that time and started acquiring more cookbooks at an alarming rate (they were so cheap!) I soon needed another shelf. I brought this bookcase from my parent's house. It's very sturdy. Why can't they make solid bookshelves like this for a reasonable cost anymore? Those shelves will never bow like the particle board shelves do.
That shelf got filled up eventually too. I had another small shelf that I had been using for books but I repurposed it when I moved so now I found myself with several boxes of books and nowhere to put them. I refuse to buy any more fake-wood assemble-yourself shelves if I can help it (although they usually look very nice they are no match for actual books). I tried to be patient but that stack of boxes was starting to make me itch. I finally picked this shelf up at a yard sale for $10. I would have liked something larger but this is nice and solid - all wood - and it fit in my trunk. I will repaint it eventually.
The rest of the books ended up over my kitchen cupboards. This isn't ideal but it does helps spread the madness a bit and that space really needed something.
I thought that was all of them but oh, then I remembered the books I put in the trunk that I'm using as a coffee table.
I thought that was all of them but wait! I spotted a the pile of children's cookbooks that I had separated from the rest (I need to find a special place for those since the boys like to look at those but I don't want them swallowed up with the other children's books).
Okay, now that really is all of them. That's 25 years of collecting cookbooks. Having them all out in the open has shamed me into not buying more. Well, I'm trying really, really hard not to buy anymore. I don't want to end up on an episode of "Hoarding - Buried Alive" (Under a Pile of Cookbooks).