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Welcome, Matt! (really, I guess, welcome *back*...)
With you on the America's Test Kitchen/Cooks' Illustrated practice of >> repackaging content in a million different ways (then again, EYB helps me figure out what recipes I have where, so maybe I won't end up buying the same recipes 4 different times). <<
In the several years before I really began to use EYB to the fullest, I routinely bought Cooks' Illustrated special issues in addition to the bi-monthly magazine. Then a year ago or so I indexed one of the special issues for this site, and whoa! All but one of the recipes had appeared in the magazine not long before, some in several issues. Haven't bought any of the CI/ATK output for a good while, but the collection I have is many, many times more useful to me because of Eat Your Books.
As is my shelf of cookbooks, which grew quite a bit due to notes and comments from EYB members, and from looking at other members' Bookshelves (fair warning!) The fever has broken a bit, and I'm down to only six cookbooks from which I haven't cooked at all (new and effective rule: can't buy a new cookbook until I've cooked from all I have). The bookmarking function is an excellent way to keep track of wishlists in various categories, and of recipes that I've made, ones I'm most eager to try, and ones that use particular ingredients.
The years I spent in Iowa in the mid-1980s were some of the best of my life; now determined to track down Little Heathens on your recommendation. And Wolfert's clay pot cookbook has just moved a little higher on the wishlist...
Hope to hear much more from you as you cook your way through that solar-system-long list!
I'm Fiona. I have taken early retirement and now concentrate on my half acre fruit and veg plot on a lovely organic farm in the next village. I love cooking and have over 100 cookery books and a large collection of recipes saved over the years from magazines and newspapers. EYB is an amazing help both in enabling me to make the most of my collection and introducing me to new books to buy (much to my husband's dismay!) and recipes. The weekly recipe newsletter is great addition to the site. This is the first time I have looked at this part of the site and it has been really interesting to read about everyone.
Wow half acre! I can imagine how lovely it is and work. I Have quarter acre but since it's in California watering needs to be watched due to drought. The fruit trees are easier to maintain here.
hahaha, in the thousands! My excuse is I want to eat the best tasting food as long as I can and that usually means cooking. There are still so many foods I want to cook and taste. Tick, tick, tick LOL
ssheiles、dirtgirl、queenbookie、 Kerrey、sknitter、PatriciaW、brando、goodfruit、tobarac、jeanieINparadise、milliganf190、and MKinLA - so nice to meet you and find out a little about other members on this site!
Welcome Goodfruit! We're nearly neighbors in the Portland area. Like you I have always tried to make use of all the seasonal bounty as it appears and EYB has been an immense help these past few years. But it has also led me into buying far more cookbooks than I ever thought I would! I have to tell you I have been picking up lots of Northwest cookbook authors recently and finding so many great recipes for the nuts, berries, fruits, veggies and fish in our area. Without EYB I don't think I would have stocked up on these extra cookbooks but now that I have them I am having so much more fun in the kitchen. Between Powell's used cookbooks and the Portland Goodwillbooks.com website I have found most of them at bargain prices too. My most recent fun local author discovery is Janie Hibler. Her books "The Berry Bible," "Dungeness Crab & Blackberry Cobbler," and "Wild About Game" are fabulous. Then there are the books "Joy of Pickling" and "Joy of Jams & Jellies" by Linda Ziedrich of Scio, Oregon. You will soon see how much fun EYB can be.
I'm Michele and I live about 20 miles east of London, England.
I have loads of cookery books, some new and others picked up in antiquarian book shops!
I love to cook and I love to eat too...
Hello! I am Amy from Northern Virginia/Washington DC. I have been a member of this site for almost a year but I am now just starting to use it. I have an ever growing cookbook collection. I do not know how many I have yet...but hopefully if I get them all entered I will have a count! :) I classify myself as a new cook because I have not cooked much in the past, however, I am constantly buying and reading cookbooks, blogs, etc. So...many people think that I can cook just by my knowledge. If you asked me to cook something, there are only a handful of things that I have actually cooked! :)
In addition to my obsession with cookbooks, I am also a total cookware and gadget junkie. I have a whole room full that I affectionately call my "Pan Room." I guess my cookbooks and cookware addiction stems more from a love of shopping than anything else. In an effort to keep my husband from complaining about it, I figured that I should learn to cook. I started a little cooking show about a year ago on YouTube called Amy Learns to Cook to document my journey. It is mostly watched by friends, family and people that I have met along the way. It has turned into a really fun hobby. I am learning to cook as well as learning to shoot and edit videos. I guess it keeps me out of trouble on the weekends.
It is nice to "meet" everyone!
Virtual hi seaprincess and amylearnstocook! Very nice to meet you. I am in the midst of Japanese New Year's Eve and New Year's Day cooking. Already made black beans (not the same as western black beans - bigger), sushi style egg, prepping for serving sashimi, and tonight we are having hot soba noodle (long life) and shrimp tempura (red - auspicious).
Wondering what all of you are cooking for New Year's celebration?
Wishing all of you Happy New Year!
Hello: I am Janine from Vancouver. I just uploaded most of my cookbooks and find I have about 500! I also found I have a few repeats I did not realize I had! Must hide them from my husband and find a good home for them! I have 4 grown children and I love to cook for them and their various amours when I have time away from my time-consuming job.
We recently moved from a large home into a small apartment. I sacrificed the front closet to create a pantry/storage area for pots and pans and small appliances. Good thing we don't need warm coats too often in Vancouver. Strangely, I am finding the kitchen quite convenient even though it is very tiny. I covered the floor with gel mats and made a few changes and everything is within a few steps of the chopping/mixing area. Only one person fits in there though. I cooked for 4 days straight over Christmas and found the gel mats very helpful for my feet and back.
I look forward to communicating with people who enjoy cooking as much as I do.
Hi! My name is Carol while my 'cooking handle' is Savvychef- has also been my email since 1997. I was gifted with email by cousins as I had ACL surgery and was facing several months of rehab. Cooking and skiing were my passions then, and continue to be....along with collecting cookbooks, subscribing to cooking magazines (choices have varied over the years), and more. There will never be enough days to cook all the recipes I've collected or been drawn to by my 'inner tugging'. Live in the Rockies where snow is perfect, dry and deep....and only 20 minutes from 4 lift lines!! Workl at WilliamsSonoma parttime...the perfect pasttime for retirement! Found EYB earlier in the week, and know that I'll keep learning, cooking, and having a way to find access to those recipes. Thanks for saving me from drowning!!
Hi, Masabemama, and welcome to EYB. We do have a feature that lets you see what books you have in common with other members. There's an article here in the FAQ that tells you how to view another member's Bookshelf, including any books you both own. Have fun exploring EYB!
I've been lurking for a while, but here's my intro.
I'm an avid baker and my favourite food is a nice slice of sourdough bread with butter on it. I worked in a bakery for quite a number of years, but now am a stay-at-home mom hoping to inspire my children to great heights of domestic prowess.And I'm pleased to report that my three year old makes a lovely no-knead bread.
I'm in Altantic Canada, and we have a lovely little place where we can grow our own everything. I like to can, although my pickles are pathetic. We also have fresh milk, eggs and meat. My goals are to learn to make more authentic Asian food, and how to make cheese.
Still getting used to the EYB website and how to use it. But it seems genius.
My name is Pat. I joined a couple of months ago and these past few days entered most of my cookbooks.
My mother always had cookbooks when I was growing up. I don't remember her using them as much as just reading them. She had the large Mary Margaret McBride cookbook from the early 60's. We wore the front cover off because we sat on it as a booster seat at the dinner table.
If I had to pick my favorite cookbooks I would say I like Southern Living cookbooks the best. Recently I've beome very interested in cookbooks from the 1950's and 1960's. I keep my eye out for used cookbooks at yard sales and thrift shops.
I love 60's and 70's cookbooks too. Still my treasured cookbook is called Recipes on Parade Foreign Foods, 1000 recipes from Military Officer's Wives -published1970. This book have so many splashes and smears on it. Lost the front and back cover. Covers China, France Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, Pacific Islands, Russia, Scandinavia, Spain, and Globe Trotting. I have cooked from all those places through this book and learned to love all types of food because of it.
Hello fellow cookbook lovers / collectors! I've been an EYB member for several years and my collection was recently profliled on EYB; I'm an Amazon.com Top Reviewer specializing in cookbook reviews and also review for several online publications. I recently started a blog to consolidate all my cookbook reviews and hope to devote more time to improving my blog in the near future once my current assignment finishes (I'm working 12-hour days and don't have the time or energy to blog right now!!)
I got into cookbook collecting about 10 years ago when I finally "settled down" after grad school / living abroad, currently have about 350 cookbooks, including a large number of foreign-language titles (Hebrew, French, Italian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, Spanish). I'm lucky enough to travel for work and pleasure, so I always pick up cookbooks / take cooking classes on my travels (so far I've visited Canada, France, Spain, Italy, Japan and Taiwan, next year Croatia). I also love collecting local / fundraiser cookbooks and Junior League books.
EYB is such a great community to connect with like-minded cookbook lovers! :-)
And you have a search engine for ALL your recipes!