Since cookbooks don't add to my reading pile per se and are inherently useful, I think giving myself a yearly limit for this particular category is the best way to go. This probably sounds like a high limit to most people, but I've decided to set my absolute maximum at 10 for the year. I am afraid to tally up how many cookbooks I purchased in 2013, but I can guarantee the number is a lot higher than 10. (House-stress-induced-cookbook-buying is a real thing, just saying.) Even when I didn't have much time to cook, it was still nice to dream of all the delicious things I could make in my new kitchen. A bit crazy maybe, but nice nonetheless.
I will also be making a more conscious effort to sift though the cookbooks I have and donate, give away, trade-in, or sell the ones I am no longer interested in. As I've mentioned before, with so many of our house projects finally finished, I've re-committed to cooking and baking more regularly and trying more new recipes from all these fabulous books with the help of the awesome website I work for, Eat Your Books. Of course that makes me biased, but if anyone else is a cookbook nut like me, it really is worth checking out. (And in the interest of full disclosure, I was a paying member of the site long before I was hired, so I hope that counts for something when you consider my recommendation.) Want to take a peek at my cookbook shelves? I also added a widget linking to my collection on my sidebar (and for the record, the total number includes ebooks & magazines -- I don't actually have 321 physical cookbooks on my shelves...yet. Our house is essentially turning into a library. Not a bad thing, right?)
This now officially concludes all New Year/goal/resolution related posts -- now on to a year full of good reading, good books, and good food!