Step 1:“My name is Shannon and I am a cookbook addict and it’s a little out of control."
Step 2: “I know that with God’s help, my family’s support and maybe canceling my Amazon Prime account I will be restored to sanity (or at least close to it).”
I’ve had the sense that something was not quite right, a subtle gnawing in the back of my mind that enough is enough. The day of realization finally came when I received yet another shipment in that familiar amazon box. Another beautiful cookbook to add to my collection, the problem was it wouldn’t fit in my “cookbook cabinet" Oh the horror!(Step 3) That’s when I decided (not exactly sure why) to count my cookbooks. This was the beginning to the end. The final count was one hundred and seven, of which three were digital, it was a fearless inventory (Step 4). This madness needed to stop.
I mean honestly how many cookbooks does one person need? Did I actually think I was going to cook every recipe? No, I will admit that I never thought I would cook every recipe, that’s ridiculous. But if you like are like me and love to cook, swoon over beautiful food photography and read these lovelies like a romance novel then you get it. If you’re not like me then well, just call me crazy.
So this whole “counting” thing happened about a week or so before Christmas and I decided that I would make a promise to myself not to buy another cookbook, digital or otherwise in 2015 (Step 5). So with a little prayer “I’m ready, God help me” (Step 6 & 7) it began. I know to most of you that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but to someone with a cookbook addiction, it is a big deal. And when someone figures out they have an addiction what do they do? They tell someone. I wasn’t really planning this mind you, I was actually a little tentative to even say this out loud, only because when you say it out loud to someone, then you’re accountable. And I wasn’t exactly sure I was ready to commit. But when my sweet daughter-in-law gave me the one book I had on my Christmas list (plus another one as well, bonus!) I felt a surge of confidence to share my resolution “no more cookbook purchases in 2015.” I have to mention this was a much bigger deal to me than my family realized. They were of course understanding and supportive, but also probably thought their mother was a little “over the top” about this, nothing new (Steps 8 & 9).
So, I can happily say that here we are in February and I have been ‘cookbook purchase free’ for one month and five days. As part of this commitment I’ve decided that I am going to go back through my library of cookbooks and try to cook something from each one (Step 10), making amends perhaps somehow in neglecting them. I will faithfully share these meal inspiring recipes with you (Step 11) in hopes that they will bring you and your family together around the table to share life and a meal together (Step 12).-s