Some of you may remember a couple years ago when I loathed cooking and had to force myself to eat my borderline inedible concoctions (or let them grow moldy in the fridge – at least some life form was benefiting from them). Well, things couldn’t be more different now. I hardly recognize myself. I love cooking. I don’t do anything fancy, but it tastes good to me and I generally come up with a fairly interesting and edible menu of food for myself and Papa Miao (it’s the least I can do for him, given that I’m living rent-free).
Anyways, my problem isn’t that I love cooking. It’s that I love buying cookbooks. This year alone, I have bought three. I have an overflowing shelf of cookbooks. Frequently, I find myself browsing online for more cookbooks and salivating over new recipes. All of this is in addition to the copious amounts of vegan blog recipes available out there.
My most recent acquisition, SUPERMARKET VEGAN by Donna Klein, was an excellent find. I live practically in the middle of nowhere and it can be difficult and expensive to get the less-than-usual ingredients so common in vegan cookbooks. As the title suggests, this cookbook limits itself to readily available ingredients (that, for the most part, are soy free. I’m not a big fan of fake meat.) Also, since I actually have a more-or-less real job these days, I have to manage my time better and I need quick, easy recipes like those in SUPERMARKET VEGAN.
But how many dessert cookbooks do I need? (Admittedly, every single cookie I have made from VEGAN COOKIES INVADE YOUR COOKIE JAR has been divinely delicious). I think I have fourteen vegan cookbooks now and maybe a couple that are semi-vegan (several were gifts so I didn’t buy them all). I also have about a thousand recipes online bookmarked. There must be a limit to the number of recipes someone can make. I have made on average one new recipe a week this year, and at this rate it would take me twenty years to get through all the recipes I currently have.
Yet, I’m having a hard time resisting acquiring even more. In particular, there are a couple Indian cookbooks that have great reviews and I love Indian food. I don’t have a single Indian cookbook, just a random recipe here and there. There is also a raw food cookbook I’ve been wanting to get for months.
Maybe I am writing this post because I want someone to tell me that you can never have too many cookbooks, or that fourteen really isn’t very many and spending more on cookbooks really isn’t an extravagance at all, or that $40 for three cookbooks is fairly reasonable and I owe it to myself since the shoes I really really wanted are out of stock. But will it really end with these three? What about the next three that I can’t resist? Will I be buying three new cookbooks every three months?
Maybe I am hoping that some voice of reason will persuade me to step back from my amazon shopping cart and spend my money on food and student loans rather than more books.
Now that I’m on this topic… I have been meaning to incorporate my cooking adventures into my blog. Specifically, in the form of photos featuring Miaos + Food. The Miao Bros & the Miao Nephew are more than happy to pose for pictures. They’re always popping on and off the counters while I’m cooking (I never claimed my food is floof-free). The problem is the kitchen lighting.