How do you tell when you’ve “read” a cookbook?

Okay, okay, perhaps I’m overthinking this. It’s just that over the last six months, since going vegan, I’ve found myself picking up cookbooks for the first time in my life, and I realised that there’s no easy way to tell when I’ve finished “reading” them.

This is a problem, because I review every book that I read and I didn’t want to leave them on my “TBR” (to be read) pile forever. I toyed with the idea of just not mentioning them at all, but that didn’t feel right either. After all, I only keep books that I’ve either read or that I plan to read.

Luckily, I came up with what I think is a workable solution. I’m quite obsessive about cooking, just like I am with reading, and so I’ve already been keeping a master list of recipes in which I keep simplified versions of the recipes that I like so that it’s easy to turn to them. The only change that was needed was to go through each recipe book and to list out all of the recipes that I wanted to try.

Now, I consider a cookbook “read” once I’ve gone through it and tried all of the recipes that I want to try. I don’t have to try all of them, because not all of them appeal to my tastes, but it does provide a workable solution that doesn’t involve just reading each cookbook from cover to cover.

So that’s why, if you’ve been following along on my blog and on my BookTube channel, I’ve started to review some cookbooks. And now you know how I’ve been deciding whether they’re read or not.

Thanks as always for reading and I’ll see you next time for another little ramble about reading and writing. In the meantime, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for further information. I’ll see you soon.

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