Join a Snow-Day Cookbook Swap

by paige on January 20, 2010

SNOW DAYS AND CABIN FEVER have set in at my house, along with, I fear, the flu. Instead of feeling trapped, I am determined to embrace my short-term life as a shut-in…and clean out the basement. What, you may be wondering, does this have to do with you? Or that pretty cookbook up above? Read on, dear sisters, read on.

Thanks to forced confinement, I’ve unpacked what feels like dozens of boxes, boxes that (oh, the shame) hadn”t been opened since we moved into this house three years ago. On the bright side, if I didn’t miss it, I don’t need it; there’s a lot of good stuff that I might as well pass along, because I clearly don’t want or use it any more. To my surprise, more than a few cookbooks fell into this category…and that’s where you come in.

Don’t you have a perfectly good cookbook you never use? One that you could give away as a surprise to some new friend? Wouldn’t it be great if another new friend sent you a surprise cookbook that she’s no longer using?

Comments are now closed for this post! If you signed up for the swap, watch your email for your swap-ee’s information!

You’ve got two weeks, sisters, to dust off your shelves or unpack a box and find a cookbook; a good one, but one that you can part with. Then, leave a comment on this post, saying why you want to participate, and, if you have one, a particular cooking goal or ambition you have for the year.

Once comments are closed (on Wednesday, February 3) you’ll get an email from me with the email address of the person you’re to swap books with. It’s up to you to get your swap partner’s mailing address, and to mail the book (the USPS’s “media mail” is cheapest). Please specify in your comment if you are outside the U.S., or are unwilling to have an overseas partner (to whom you’d be mailing).

OK–start cleaning, already! Some of us want to get cooking (another time-tested strategy for making the sick/snow day hours pass)!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Ann Holt-Harris January 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm

What a great idea! I would love to participate.

Pat Steer (Gaelen) January 31, 2010 at 2:04 pm
A cookbook swap? Why yes, I believe I might have an extra one or two. I know for a fact I have two copies of at least two of my favorites – one I thought I’d lost, my mom replaced and then I found my original; another I bid on at eBay without realizing it was two copies.
Although it might feel like parting with one of my children, if I had children. But I am in. And I will ship anywhere as long as the address is good. ;)

Pat Steer (Gaelen) January 31, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Oops – I forgot my goal. This year, I’m part of Tigress’ CanJam, a commitment to can and preserve year-round. 140+ bloggers and others, one Iron-Chef like theme ingredient each month (February is carrots), and the prompt to try and test new canning-preserving recipes on ingredients I might overlook. It’s a challenge and a reinforcement and a special reminder to make the most of seasonal bounty when we have it.
And 140+ new recipes to sort through every month. ;)

paige February 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Sassy–You, you, you , it is. Welcome, and thanks for joining in!
Ann–Thanks for playing!
Pat–Oh, goody, a favorite. That’s great. I am also a huge fan of the Tigress, and her CanJam is brilliant. You’ll have to let us know what you’re up to every month. (Samples welcome.)

Cheryl Arkison February 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

What a fantastic idea! Count me in. I actually have a box of lesser used books in the basement. When my knees allow I will pick a worthy one out for a worthy recipient.

I’ve actually been reading cookbooks the last two weeks. It’s actually sheer torture because I’m laid up with two busted knees and can’t cook. But I’m always looking for new inspiration.

As far as cooking goals this year they are focused on developing my book proposal and more published writing. That will get me in the kitchen!

I’m in Canada, but happy to ship internationally.


Lisa Riley February 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I would love to be a part of this cook-book swap! What an superb idea! I recently came across a ‘retro’ recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cake and showed it to my husband and after I said to him ‘Wow, it’s been a long time since I made that, and in fact I don’t make much at all anymore’ he quickly replied ‘you use to make a lot of things’. So today I made that Pineapple Upside Down Cake and in fact just took it from the oven and it looks and smells pretty darn good. I would like to ‘get back to cookin’ even though most days its usually just two of us. So I guess my interest would be for healthy and enjoyable cooking for two or few.

Memphis Milliner February 2, 2010 at 11:46 am

I never met a cookbook I didn’t like or a recipe I didn’t change. I have over 14 running feet of cookbooks in my pantry. Flipping and reading through a cookbook is my way of getting exercise. I a milliner by profession and a gourmet cook by necessity; I love to eat. I could give up maybe ONE of my precious books. I like to grow my own vegetables and pickle and freeze what I don’t give away. I stumbled upon your site today, and I think this is going to be alot of fun. MM

Christi W February 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I’m in. I read cookbooks like novels … I love them. I think I love them as much as cooking from them.
A cooking goal for this year? It’s not technique, it’s to put dinner on the table from food that stood on or was planted in the ground at least 4 nights a week.

Sharon Miro February 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Paige–I spent all of my life as a little sister-to two older brothers!–ooh the stories I could tell. No outside boy ever treated me so badly as my big brothers, afterall they sat on my head in the pool or pushed me down the hill on my two wheeler—but… BUT always there to protect me from the “outsiders” step in front of me and back me up…oh, and still are, even at 63 years old—the bond between siblings is great and strong. I would love to send my favorite picture to you of my one brother and me–how do I do that?

Love to join your cookbook swap….

Tricia February 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm

My wonderful sister pointed me here. She doesn’t cook, but I do and she knew how much I would love this. My only problem is deciding which cookbook to part with!

My cooking goal for the year is to find more dishes the whole family will enjoy. I’m pretty much cooking two separate meals each night, one for me and one for the boys. I like veggies and they’re meat and potatoes. It’s been hard to find some common ground, so I’d love to find a way to do this.

Robin February 3, 2010 at 1:06 am

I would like to participate because my beautiful unused cookbooks look at me reproachfully when I walk by! I accumulate them faster than I can fall in love with them. My cooking goal for this year is to taste more carefully as I cook so that seasoning will be almost perfect when I finish.

Paige Orloff February 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

Comments are now closed, and tomorrow, everyone will receive their swap-ee’s email address. Get those bookplates ready, everyone!! xx Paige

Kal Buckles February 24, 2010 at 7:41 am

I never got assigned to anyone for this but I have many cookbooks I’ve love to share forward….

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