No more books – not one!
After a recent mega book haul, I did wonder whether I should call a halt to my book accumulation. Once the panic subsided, I decided that moderation would be a better course of action, and plumped instead for a ‘one in, one out’ policy. I only buy secondhand fiction, and a precious hour spent trawling a secondhand bookshop is one of my favourite things to do, so it would be a shame to block off such an avenue of pleasure. There is also the small fact of having a book blog to write for, and it just wouldn’t do to have to regurgitate the same old stuff and constantly bemoan my paperback abstinence.
However, I have another secret book-based vice, and that is buying cookbooks. I love to browse through a stack in the evening, poring over the recipes and preferably, mouthwatering photographs, planning meals I’ll probably never get around to making. I turned Vegan last year, and in the run up to making the change and ever since I’ve been steadily accruing books that I’ve positively ‘needed’ on my Vegan journey. Of course, I haven’t needed them at all – I can access google as well as the next person, but it’s been a great excuse. I have books on vegan baking, raw baking (really!), raw food, juicing, smoothies, vegan paleo, superfoods, detox, vegan brunch, salads, healthy snacks, as well as regional cookbooks. The irony is that I can be found flicking through a book on healthy vegan snacks with triple mungbean and wheatgrass power, as I munch my way through a bag of kettle chips *cough* I mean, err, kale chips.
So, my 2016 challenge is that I am absolutely not allowed to buy any more cookbooks – not even Terry Hope Romero’s ‘Protein Ninja’ – *gulp* – not even that. Instead, every month, I will pick a cookbook from my collection and make at least one recipe from it every week. That way I’ll get to explore the books I already own, and by saving pounds on cookbooks I can feel less guilty about frittering pennies on fiction!