I’ve been making a real effort to get leaner and meaner around my household. The basement, at the moment, is, well, not pristine, but awful darn clean. I’ve been saying sad farewells to pairs of shoes that are no longer realistic for the life I have now. I’ve resolutely packed up dishes with chips and scratches and peeling finish (steeling myself against all sentimental attachments and fond memories of the meals they once held). And it’s been okay. Its taken a little teeth-gritting once in a while, but overall I’ve been shedding stuff at a rapid rate.
But the books man, the books. They’re hard. I did send off a couple of boxes of novels and old lit crit to my friends at Books By Chance, but there are some that I just can’t let go to strangers. They need a good home.
So here’s the deal. Below is a small selection of cookbooks that are out of my rotation. It’s not them, really, it’s me. I’ve actually cooked a lot of good food out of these books, but for some reason, I’m not picking them up anymore. And the cookbook shelves are, um, a little crowded. There’s also a couple of garden and house books that might be interesting to readers of this blog. If you want one of these, leave a comment claiming it. If you work somewhere on the UM Campus, I’ll put it in campus mail for you. If you hang around Ann Arbor, I can put it on my porch for you sometime when you’re in the neighborhood (I’m on the Old West Side, very close to the downtown Main St. area). If you’re a more far-flung reader, let’s talk a trade. I don’t want any more books, but if you put something nice and edible in the mail for me (sea salt? cookies?), I’ll put a book in the mail for you.
Take them, enjoy them, and enjoy my vicarious pleasure in that empty bookshelf space (hey, room to buy another cookbook!).
Salad Days: Main Course Salads for a First Class Meal by Marcel Desaulniers and Peter Johansky
Sweet Onions and Sour Cherries: A Cookbook for Market Day (Hardcover) — Taken!
by Jeannette Ferrary
Sheila Lukins All Around the World Cookbook by Sheila Lukins — Taken!
Great Good Food: Luscious Lower-Fat Cooking by Julee Rosso
La Cucina Siciliana di Gangivecchio: Gangivecchio’s Sicilian Kitchen by Wanda Tornabene — Taken!
Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant: Ethnic and Regional Recipes from the Cooks at the Legendary Restaurant by Moosewood Collective — Taken!
Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work by Mel Bartholomew — Taken!
Getting Ready for Winter by Stephen Bradley
About Your House by Bob Yapp
I also have a nice little book called “Creative Container Gardening” but I can’t find much about it in my usual sources (Librarything is down for maintenance, but there may be something there). Anyway, it’s got some nice ideas for small space gardening, and I used it a lot before I had some big space.