I love my collection of cookbooks. I started collecting them as a kid, and, over the years, my collection as grown as my tastes have evolved. I have books about southern cooking, light cooking, French cooking, Middle Eastern Cooking, Indian Cooking, vegetarian cooking, cookie cooking… I’m starting to sound like Forrest Gump. I have the Bubba Gump cookbook too, come to think of it. It’s sitting up there on the top shelf.
Not only do I have a lot of cookbooks, I have tons of books of the non-cookbook variety too, and the other sets of bookshelves in my apartment are a testament to that fact. Many books I plan to keep forever. Others, well, you know the kind of books you buy to read on the beach or lounging by the pool– I’m not willing to give up precious space to store those indefinitely. I doubt that I’ll ever need to revisit Memoirs of a Geisha or The Other Boleyn Girl.
There are certainly lots of great ways to find new homes for books that don’t merit a spot in the permanent collection, but I have a definite favorite. For the past couple of years, I’ve participated in Paperback Swap (PBS) as a way to find new homes for my old books, and to earn credits that allow me to adopt old books that other people are trying to place. Basically, you post your old books into their system, and, if someone requests one of your books, you print out a paper wrapper, wrap the book up like a present and drop it in the mail. You can even buy postage on the site and print it right on the wrapper. Most books only cost two or three dollars to mail. Once you mail a book to someone else, you earn a credit. You can spend those credits on books that other people have listed. Sorry, Harrison.
While I don’t typically get rid of my cookbooks, I have received several cookbooks through Paperback Swap. Oh, and don’t let the name fool you. Hardback books get swapped too. It just costs a little more for the person mailing them. As I was getting “Patriot Games” ready to mail today, I decided to mention the swap in case any of you were looking for a good way to recycle your old books. I got the cookbook I used to make my “Big Batch” Bran Bread through PBS, and, recently, I got Julia Child’s book, My Life in France, from the swap too. What a cool book, by the way! Have any of you read it?
I just thought I’d mention PBS while I was thinking about it. I’m a fan of the swap, and it has served me well. If you are looking for a great way to get rid of some old books and replace them with some new ones for minimal $$$, this might be a great option for you. If the cookbook fairy appeared and said that you could only keep one of your cookbooks (not a nice cookbook fairy at all!!), which one would it be?
Now, I’m going to have my hard earned post-gym dessert, and call it a day. I just fixed up a Triple Chocolate Chunk Vitatop in my very favorite way. I have no idea what fat free Cool Whip is made of (and the ingredients aren’t much help in figuring that out…), but I’m not willing to give it up just yet. I love some on a vita with some berries. Yum! This should give me sweet dreams for sure!
As always, there are some awesome giveaways happening on some fabulous sites. Be sure to check out these:
There is an awesome Quaker giveaway going on at Eating Bender.
If you like granola, you will want to check out the contest going on over at Lucky Taste Buds!
That’s all for now. Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow. 🙂