Our names are Zach and Clay, and we're cookbookaholics.
Well, actually, that's not true. Clay is the cookbookaholic. Zach just has to live with the scores of cookbooks overflowing our bookshelves.
It's gotten to the point that we have far too many. In fact, some of them we've never even used in the kitchen. Yet.
Heck, we even resolved this year to either familiarize ourselves with our collection or purge the books -- a resolution borne both out of a lack of space, but also the sheer guilt of the unread books, staring longingly at us from shelf.
But athough we already have too many books, our situation has gotten better of late. And here's why.
And the library, we've found, is a great place to find and try out cookbooks.
Take, for instance, a recent trip to the library, in which three very popular titles that were all nominated for recent awards were prominently displayed on a table, just begging to be checked out.
There was Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy, the beautiful cookie book, right along with the brand-spanking new Bon Appetit Desserts. And there was also Molly O'Neill's One Big Table, which has gotten a lot of acclaim this year. (Although we've neglected to mention it on the blog, The Bitten Word is actually included in Molly's book, which is very exciting!)
At least here in our city, we're able to find just about any cookbook we want at the library, and if it isn't in at the moment, we request it and pick it up a couple weeks later.
It seems we're not the only ones doing this. A recent Publisher's Weekly article says that cookbooks now top the non-fiction circulation at libraries.
Is it because you, too, are checking out cookbooks from the library?