In an effort to simplify my life, I am attempting to declutter my house by 20-30% before the first day of Spring, or the Equinox. This year it falls on March 20th, so I have almost three full weeks to make it happen. I know I can pull this off, but the hardest part about this goal is to get rid of my unwanted books and magazines. In the digital age it shouldn’t be a problem, right? Just toss them in the donation bag and drive everything off to the Sally Shop, right? Umm, well, the root of the problem is that I like to hold real books and magazines in my hands. I feel personally connected to them like my pets. I enjoy the act of physically turning the pages, and yes, I actually re-read my favorite ones. I think it’s fair to say that it traumatizes me to part with them, even if I haven’t read them all the way through.
My attachment is even more fierce to my cookbooks and cooking magazines. I keep the cookbooks on my kitchen counter for quick access and my piles of food magazines take up a three tier bookshelf in the living room. I recently realized that I have some cookbooks that I’ve never tried the recipes out of, and magazines that I am only saving for one or two recipes. Since I don’t need this much clutter in my life, but hate to get rid of them without a fair chance, I thought I would challenge myself to cooking two or three recipes from each book before deciding to donate. I’ve dubbed these next three weeks: “The Cookbook Challenge”. It should be a fun and interesting way to purge my kitchen of clutter and diversify my cooking skills. I’ll be posting what cookbooks I’m testing, the recipes I use, a photo of the dish, and whether I think it’s a keeper or not. Check back for my results!