The title of this post is loosely pilfered from the name of Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks blog. Why, do you ask? Well, to put it bluntly, I have a metric f**k-ton of cookbooks. I have cookbooks on shelves, cookbooks in boxes, cookbooks in cupboards. There are cookbooks on my nightstand, on the coffee table, and in a pile on the living room floor. I’m not kidding – my husband can attest to the mess of cookbooks around our home (and probably will with an amused but mildly annoyed eye roll). If you scroll down a little and look to your right, you will see a column entitled “Cookbooks I Love.” This is only a small percentage of those that I own, because linking them all became such an overwhelming task that I had to stop mid-list and have yet to pick it back up.
So, yeah, I have a lot of cookbooks. And do I read them all? Some. Many have been flipped through and tagged with Post-It tags, but I’ve made very few of the recipes in these books. Instead I prefer to noodle around in the kitchen, with a “little of this, little of that” approach. Unfortunately, though, this leaves my vast number of cookbooks languishing throughout the apartment. They collect dust, get shuffled elsewhere, and basically just make me look like I spend all of my time poring over them.*
Enough of that, I say. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, what with this Bay Area summer providing about as much sunshine and warmth as the dark side of the moon. My usually warp-speed energy level has been non-existent, and so has my creativity. So, instead of curling up into the fetal position on the couch, I’m going to break out my cookbooks and start cooking. My goal is to make two or three recipes from at least twenty of these books by the end of the year, and lucky you, you get to watch.
I’ve started a new category for the project, called 10^2+1 Cookbook Project, so check back for progress. And if you notice that a few days have gone by without a note on the project, feel free to smack me upside the head to wake me from my this-cloudy-summer-sucks stupor.
*This is no way means that I will stop buying them.