My name is Michelle and I am a cookbook addict. * Wednesday Night Supper Club Blog
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My name is Michelle and I am a cookbook addict.

My name is Michelle and I am a cookbook addict. It’s been 5 days since I last purchased a cookbook. I need to take a good, hard look at myself and create a 12 step program. I own over 100 cookbooks and that is not an exaggeration in any way.Β I have 100 at my fingertips in the kitchen and then I have the Clancy of the Overflow bookcase in the other room – and these are regularly culled! Jamie, Nigella, Donna, Bill and Rick sit on the shelf alongside the myriad of Australian Women’s Weekly books. My problem is just that: they are sitting there gathering dust through underuse. I would buy a cookbook at least once a month and borrow 15 in that month from the library. Then there’s the occasional Savers visit where I’ll pick up some cheapies.

In 2015 a survey of 2000 Britons was done and of those 2000 people they averaged 6 cookbooks each. A study of 4000 Britons between 1980 and 2012 showed that time spent cooking had halved as people fell into the trap of eating ready meals and sandwiches and cereal for their dinners. In 2015 only 40% of people in USA prepared meals at home so that’s 60% eating takeaway or pre-packaged meals.

And that is what I have fallen into the trap of – eating ready meals as we are out at netball with the coffee van 3 nights a week. Often we have jobs on weekends so I can’t catch up there. It’s easy to think that it’sΒ a busy day and you can’t be arsed to cook so you just grab whatever you can find. For me by the time I work in the morning, eat lunch and do some admin-y kind of stuff, then go to shops to restock coffee van its school pick up time then start work all over again. Wednesday was going to be my sacred day off where I could have all day at my leisure and spend my time with pedicures, facials and half naked men feeding me grapes – but guess what I did. Yep the over achiever in me picked up a job that would only fit in on Wednesdays!!

So by posting in here I’m making myself accountable. I’m going to make more of an effort to start jiggling the pans on the stove to avoid the over processed ready meals. I’m going to block out time in my diary so that it becomes a priority not just a by-product. I’m even going to mark a date – 1st April which is when netball has a couple of weeks break leading into school holidays that FB will begin to be flooded with food photos which of course everyone just loves πŸ™‚ And of course I’ve got to get back to my original concept of this blog which was creating my own cafe. I’ve also been a bit inspired by the book Julie & Julia which was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep in which a New York woman decided to cook every recipe in the Julia Child French cookbook and then went onto write a blog about it way back when blogs were first starting.

You can help me out by posting pictures of your favourite cookbooks and what you like to cook. Our family are not a fussy lot and will eat most anything. IBB doesn’t like tinned pineapple, broad beans and cabbage, JEB hates coriander whilst DVB is not a fan of couscous. CGM is vegetarian which provides a really interesting challenge. Personally I won’t touch baby corn or raw banana (yet I find banana cake and banana bread delectable πŸ™‚ I’m going to pick 3 of my most favourite cookbooks, each with a different theme to start with and my target is to make 2 recipes out of eachΒ book before I can move onto another book. If I can’t pick 2 from one book well then, it’s time to say Sayonara to that which is taking up valuable cookbook real estate. Oh and I need a name for this Operation – you know, like how SAPOL use really clever ones for their blitzes e.g. Operation Safe Driving so if you have any suggestions send them my way.

Maybe I should don the whites again?

  • Annette

    March 8, 2017 at 22:04 Reply

    Great idea Michelle! Look forward to seeing you get your mojo back.

    Cook it or cull it?

    Cook books not looks books?

    Chomp or Chuck: A xx day kitchen cleanse.

  • Marilyn Scholz

    March 8, 2017 at 22:06 Reply

    The Great Divide! ❀

    • Michelle Boyd

      March 8, 2017 at 22:11 Reply

      Great idea Maz – how many cookbooks in your house?

      • marilynscholz

        March 9, 2017 at 10:42 Reply

        Not too many now! I used to be addicted to them, but had to downsize a lot when we left the farm house. I gave probably 100 to the local charity shop! X

        • Michelle Boyd

          March 10, 2017 at 17:15 Reply

          I always scour the op shop shelves for good cook books or really old ones to have a laugh at all the aspic recipes πŸ™‚

  • Jo

    March 9, 2017 at 07:11 Reply

    You made me giggle πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I love this post, the humor is fab!!
    I too have many cookbooks that I try to use, I also but, gather, borrow just like you. I think I need to do your challenge too!
    Great blog xxx

    • Michelle Boyd

      March 9, 2017 at 08:19 Reply

      Thanks Jo xx Just got an email from library that I have 3 Julie Goodwin cookbooks to pick up πŸ˜›

  • Lisa Jones

    March 9, 2017 at 17:56 Reply

    I have quite a few cookbooks (but nowhere near as many as you Mich!) but I find these days that if I’m looking for a recipe , my first impulse is to check out Pinterest. Go virtual cookbooks! This resolves my issue of remembering which cookbook that recipe I want is in… My ‘real’ cookbook that I go to most is Julie Goodwin’s “Our Family Table”. πŸ™‚

    • Michelle Boyd

      March 10, 2017 at 17:14 Reply

      I’m just revisiting Julie Goodwin but I borrowed them in large print which is just the worst – black and white with only 1/2 the pictures so will have to give the normal ones a go. I can waste hours on Pinterest but find the recipes are all American?

  • Lauren Dykstra

    March 19, 2017 at 22:35 Reply

    I really don’t own many cookbooks! (Don’t hate me😬)
    but I do have a large collection of scrap pieces of paper with recipes I’ve stolen from my mother and mother-in-law! I also have a bad habit of “screenshotting” recipes that I see pop up on my phone – have yet to use any of them though!!

    • Michelle Boyd

      March 20, 2017 at 15:32 Reply

      At least I now know if you have a garage sale that I won’t find any cookbooks there πŸ™‚ I’ve only just worked out how to “save” on FB so I used to screenshot & then print the photo if I wanted to keep it. My ripped pages of magazines used to be out of control but now I try to keep to a minimum. Well, that’s the theory anyway!

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