18 July 2012

My Cookbook Shelf for Random Recipes


Each month Dom comes up with a new idea for Random Recipes and sometimes they can be quite challenging. He is never satisfied with us randomly opening up a page each month and following the recipe, on no!



He has had us:

  1. Randomly selecting a book, looking at the last page, dividing that number by two and cooking the recipe on that page.
  2. Cooking a random recipe from our first ever cookbook (and no bloody cheating!)
  3. Counting from left to right (or from top to bottom) to the eighteenth book and choosing a random recipe (... DO IT NOW!)
  4. Selecting a random recipe from our most recently gifted book (NO cheating!!!)
  5. Lining up all our cookbooks (does he have any idea how many we have?), shutting our eyes, randomly picking one and randomly opening it at a page (.. DO NOT CHEAT you're only cheating yourself etc.. blah blah blah)
  6. Getting into pairs and giving each other a number to count along our books, then giving each other a page number (never speak to that person again...)
  7. Oh and did I tell you he was bossy? No? Well he laid off a bit for Christmas and was feeling more charitable. For Christmas he wanted us to donate a book to charity, but first we had to randomly select a recipe to make from it.
  8. He even teamed up with my and we did a No Croutons Required Does Random Recipes, where bloggers had to randomly select a soup to make.
 And so the list goes on..............

But, this month, he is taking it easy and being ever so kind to us, if a little nosey (I dread to think what he has up his sleeve for us next month after this easy challenge). This month he wants to see where we keep our cookbooks.

My cookbooks have migrated around the house, from kitchen to bookshelf, to bigger bookshelf, until now I have a large bookcase just for cookbooks. I won't tell you that the case these books moved from is also now filling up again.

As you can see, now that I have a toddler, my space is no longer a calm, uncluttered place, but is brimming with toddler toys. A rather expensive bear, actually called Cooper (my son's name) lives on top along with a car. Cooper's bank sits in front of some books, but not within reach as he loves to tip it all out and in front lies his village, which I try to keep contained to the village green (mat), but that is a losing battle. I often stand on some poor villager or farm animal in my quest to get a cookbook ofF the shelf.



Here is a closer look.


And no, I don't keep them in dewey order, just nice and neat. You will notice some library cookbooks on the bottom shelf. One can never have too many cookbooks (don't tell my hubby I said that!), even if they are borrowed from the library.

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33 comments:

  1. Probably one of the neatest shelves I've seen so far! I see you've got Deceptively Delicious - I've got it too, but never made anything from it. I was hoping to sneak some veggies past my boyfriend but he only eats at my house about once a week and I think would notice if I made an unusual recipe... when we live together and I'm cooking for him every day I'm definitely going to be more creative and try out some Deceptively Delicious recipes!

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  2. Hehe, it is a great books, some fab ideas. I haven't gotten around to trying any of the recipes yet either, but I will do soon.

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  3. You did some tidying up didn't you...? Or at least staged that mini village in front. I love the way the toy village looks like it has a giant bookshelf mountain as its backdrop... you can hear the villagers saying ' don't upset the gods or the giant mad lady will come and take a book from book mountain' ... it's a great collection and a lovely picture... thanks for entering Jacs and thanks for pointing out how mean I am :0( and just you wait till August 1st!!

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  4. I tidy that darn village every night & sometimes during the day too. The bookshelf is always tidy, even if there is chaos around it. And you are not mean, I am only teasing as you well know. The cat is wooden & came from Graham's mum. She let me have the pick of her cats, before she headed to Cyprus.

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  5. Great stuff Jac. Very envious of your dedicated (well almost dedicated) cookbook shelves. Love the way Cooper is integrated too. Interesting having a look at your vegetarian books - I only spotted an overlap of two. Which do you reckon is "the one" you couldn't live without?

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    1. I wouldn't want to give any of them up. The River Cottage Veg is probably my favourite at the moment :)

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  6. Its like show house!!!! Very nice though...a lovely colourful and varied collection...feel ashamed showing mine now...x
    (its a shame we couldn't have down these anonymously then had to put names to collections that would have been a riot!)

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    1. Haha, I didn't show you the rest of the room though. I do like a tidy house, but it is a losing battle most of the time with Graham and Cooper around. It drives me insane. Can't handle mess!

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  7. Other peoples' cookbook collections are endlessly fascinating! I'm so nosey. My collection spans two rooms and a storage unit. At last count, I had well over 1000! Shameful....

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    1. Oh jeez, you are worse than me CC :)

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  8. Wow, you are not a collector, you are a library!!!

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    1. Hehe, I think my husband is starting to think it is a bit like that :)

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  9. Just when I think I have enough books...I'm always on the lookout for new ones. I will only buy bargain books, and make sure they are in perfect condition. I do have to give up some books that serves me ...no purpose, to make room for better ones!

    Love your collections of such nice books, Jacqui!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I am thinking there are a few I could pass on from my collection too :)

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  10. OMG! I LOVE the first photo Jac with Cooper's toy village! I could play with that quite easily! And, I LOVE your bookcase, LOVE it when they are tall and long as opposed to short and fat! Karen

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    1. Stop by anytime for a play Karen, Cooper would enjoy that :)

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  11. I think you have the most impressively tidy collection of cook books I have seen so far. I would love to have all mine together in one area but that just isn't going to happen. Need a kitchen re-fit first. Would love tp have a cook book library where I could jut do all my work and have books around me at all times.....if only!

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    1. That is the librarian in me that likes them tidy. It does make a difference having them tidy and in one layer, they used to be in a smaller case and two deep, which was useless.

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  12. Lovely bookcase and nice collection. Looks like you have a very pretty fireplace too from what I can see here.
    In our house we have a train track and all the stuff that goes along with it out on the living room floor - feels like a never ending tidying job. Upstairs there is Lego EVERYWHERE and quite honestly I generally give up trying to keep that contained other than making the rule quite recently that no Lego is allowed downstairs. Having to enforce that one by saying that any Lego found downstairs goes straight in the bin!

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    1. It is such a chore, isn't it and I can only see it getting worse as he gets older.

      I do like my fireplace, but the fire itself is quite old fashioned :(

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  13. Fantastic post - made me laugh so much! And great collection of books.....although now I'm wondering if the real reason of this 'nice' challenge was so that Dom could individually pick books for us next month!! Glad I didn't do too much of a close up now ;)

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    1. Now you just made me laugh out loud. I will have to tell Dom. Haha!

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  14. Love having a little peek into your life and at your cookbooks - it's always really interesting to see where the overlaps lie. I'm very impressed that everything is so tidy - I don't have a small child to make a mess and my house is a tip!

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    1. I do have to admit to taking the photo before Cooper got stuck into his village, it would have been much messier later on. Bookcase stays tidy though :)

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  15. Loved this blog post! Where are your shelves from? I'm looking to rehome my cookry books and struggling to find shelving sturdy enough for my book collection within my budet. Yours look fab x

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    1. Thanks and I got my shelves from Ikea. They do these in different sizes and colours and they are lovely sturdy, deep and also tall enough for cookbooks. You can also get boxes that fit into the shelves. The one I got is £65, but they have bigger and smaller options.

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  16. Love the bookshelf and the toy town - I like to imagine all the little people reading your cookbooks while you sleep in bed at night - and I don't mean cooper getting up in the middle of the night :-)

    Your shelves are very neat - puts mine to shame - I notice you have very few magazines there - do you keep the magazines you buy or do they go out?

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    1. Now you are freaking me out Johanna. I really don't want to think about those villagers crawling around my bookcase at night. *shudder*

      I do keep my veggie magazines, but have a clear out occasionally.

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  17. A lovely selection of cook books, they make my long line just look boring. I love the little village too and the bear peering over the top of the shelves.

    Sue xx

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    1. Thanks Sue, it is amazing how Cooper's things take over the house.

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