Do you, like me, have a stack of cookbooks and a shameful tendency to ignore 99% of what’s inside them in favour of searching Google for a dinner recipe? Then listen up friends: you need to join me in this 2018 cookbook challenge! Because I find it hard (work, study, dog, M.E., laziness) to commit to very specific goals or targets, I’m going easy on myself. The challenge is to focus on a single cookbook for one month and document the yummy (or not so yummy) recipes I use. Susan over at Kittens on Lentil does this every month anyway to an admirable degree; I think it’s tremendous that folks are out there cooking the books and letting the rest of us know how it turns out!
I’ve already chosen my first book: Rose Elliot’s New Complete Vegetarian. My Uncle gifted me this a few years back, and you can see that it’s already had a fairly decent amount of use (splodgy messy covers are surely the biggest compliment a book can receive?) I picked this because January brings a lot of root veg in our weekly veg box, and this book has plenty of traditional, hearty English recipes (many many of them vegan).
This challenge will hopefully help me with two goals: to cook more whole(some) foods and meals from scratch, and to be a little kinder to my body, which (understandably I think) took on board a lot of splurgy/emotional junk food eating in 2017 and has started to complain.
As we progress through the year, though, I’d like to give you all a say in which book(s) I choose next. Here I have my recipe book collection (not pictured because it’s too tall: Delia’s Vegetarian Collection). If anyone has any special requests I’d be happy to take them, but I’ll otherwise just pick one that I fancy.
I tend to fail any sort of resolution or resolve if I can’t keep up with it perfectly (a throwback to my old pre-M.E. self who did EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME) but I’m getting better at carrying on regardless anyway. My bullet journal is actually really great for this because if I lose momentum on any particular week, it really doesn’t matter: I can just pick up again the week after.
Anyhoo, who’s with me?! Let me know in the comments and we can hold each other to account!