Even if you move because you chose it, like building a new house where you get to pick #allthethings from the sidewalk pavers to the sink shapes to the placement of a secret hidden phone jack that they force you to have, it is hard. Everything from cleaning out the last home you chose, and deciding what can fit into the tiny halfway house/apartment that you also chose and that feels like it is a soul and joy sucking roach. Oh, no, that’s a regular roach. It’s just hard. It makes you plain tired and leaves you wondering what you were thinking. So many choices. Everyday, the average American sees something like 15,000 pieces of branding. How do I keep the best possible ones for me? How do I discard all the soul and life suckers and keep the joy?
One of the choices I made in moving was to finely edit, in the hour or so it took me to pack them, my cookbooks. To only bring the ones that I want to cook out of for the next 6 to 12 months while the dirt is shaped into a house. I have a broad ranging collection and mostly use them for about one recipe each as the inspiration of beauty from a photo, a sudden desire for something healthy, or a craving hit. How do I pack that away when they imbue so much happiness just from the mere sight of them? And then, just as I think maybe I can hack this apartment living an #epicpalmetto (call it what it is people, a ROACH!) falls from the heavens (weird slot on the side of the cupboard) and behind my happy little stack of cookbooks on the counter sometime in the timeframe of 5:30 am as I am getting up to make coffee. The biggest damn bug I have EVER laid eyes on and I am expected to dispatch it in an efficient manner when I am driven to tears by the mere sight of them. Why? I can barely see in the o’dark hundred hour and I am forced to slowly remove the books from the counter with one hand and a wad of papertowels in the other in the odd advent of being able to find it. Oh. I found it. In the corner behind the very last book. My copy of the Betty Crocker cookbook that my mom gives everyone (or did, for their weddings for the greater part of my life. I don’t think she does any more, what with the web and wedding registries from everywhere from Cabela’s to Tiffany.) Sorry, Betty, I’ll never feel the same as I think about that bug touching the hallows of the only way I can remember that corn will get tough if you salt the water. I promptly moved the books to the top shelf where I can’t reach them and they do me no good. I’m going to Lysol wipe Betty one of these days and try to move on. Really. Meanwhile, I forced the apartment people to come and spray. It’s gotten better. I think. I’ll try not to mention it again. I’ve stopped crying at the sight of them. #win
So, here’s a list of what I brought. The rest packed away in storage until the veritable Christmas day that I get to see them again. I’m going to try to use them. If for nothing more than a happy boost and to choose a bit of a happy place. I need to find a lower safe place for them soon. In no particular order but in order of the photo.
- Everyday Food – Light by Martha Steward collective –I figured it would be good to lose more than space in this process.
- Bobby Flay’s Burgers, Fries and Shakes –my first ‘cook the book’ and I for some reason didn’t want to be parted from it.
- Food Gift Love by Maggie Battista –actually purchased post move during an amazing trip to Philadelphia that I’ll have to write about soon-more to that story than meets the eye.
- Good Stuff by Spike Mendelsohn – Burgers mainly, and wedge salads – We use a few of the burger topping recipes regularly.
- The Meatball Shop Cookbook – Because meatballs.
- The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson – same thing as Martha – veggies are healthy and I want us to be eating more of them and more creatively. Plus hughnibrow.
- Family Meal by Tyler Florence – mainly for the Turkey Meatloaf. Love.
- Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain – Best salads ever.
- ‘Wichcraft by Tom Colicchio – unbelieveably delicious sandwiches – I want one today.
- that skinny spiral bound thing is a Disney Food & Wine Fest Cookbook with two of our favorites. Chicken Souvlaki and Cheddar Beer Soup. ‘Nough said.
- tacolicious – amazeballs tacos and cali-mex food from a trip to San Francisco.
- Sorella – inventive Italianish food and one of our favorite salads of all time.
- Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson – because apartment means no time? I’m not sure.
- Food by Guy Fieri. I kind of hate his recipes because so many ingredients but dang his sloppy joe’s are amazing.
and last but not least.
15. The Betty Crocker Cookbook. Timeless helps for cooking corn. And the stuffing I grew up on. Like I’d make a turkey. No link to my version but worth it. The kitchen I grew up in had the 1969 version.