I’ve started clearing out the cupboards in the house. Bookcases are the main focus because although I don’t hoard other kind of things, books are in a completely different category. There is a cupboard that acts as storage for all things cookbook, and houses three shelves of books, each shelf approximately one metre long. And the thing is, I rarely look at any of them.
The idea was to go through each book and if nothing between the covers sparked joy, then out it went. I started with the Delicious magazines. I cut and pasted the things that I was interested in and the leftover pages went in the recycling bin. Everyone of those recipes can be found on the internet but it’s just not the same. Next came the books that were dedicated to sweet things and it was there that I stumbled across a 24 page booklet that must have been great-grandma’s.
No publication details are included so I googled it. Our Best Cookie Recipes was published in 1962 essentially as an ad for the brand Swift & Co. Martha Logan was their home economist and apparently this booklet was put together to convince everyone that their flour, margarine and butter was better than anyone else’s. Once upon a time I would have kept this publication because it was old – it had history. But that attitude doesn’t cut it anymore. The question is: is it useful?