Eat Your Books

I’ve always had this weird relationship with cookbooks.  As soon as I walk into a bookstore I make a beeline for the cookbook section and can lose hours of my life as I peruse individual titles.  It feels like certain books call out to me; they glimmer on the shelf and catch my eye. They beg me to bring them home and I’m always tempted even though I know I can find a much cheaper price online.  Usually temptation wins. I love the smell of a brand new cookbook; the shiny crisp new pages filled with bright beautiful food photos and incredible sounding recipes.  I love the instant gratification of a book store. When I know I want a particular cookbook it becomes like an obsession.  I must have it.

So as you may have guessed, I’ve built up a pretty sizable collection of cookbooks. But here’s the thing. When I’m looking for a recipe, I rarely turn to these gems I’ve spent so much time collecting. Why? You probably know; the internet is so much faster. I mean talk about instant gratification. When I need a recipe for banana bread I can type it into Google and voila! I have hundreds of options, often rated by users, within seconds.  How can you beat that?  So I use my internet recipe while my poor neglected cookbooks remain on their shelves, lonely and longing for attention.

At least, that’s how things were a few months ago.  Everything has changed now.  A few months ago I was driving home from an appointment while listening to NPR (my standard driving music these days). I can’t remember what show I was listening to but they were discussing cookbooks.  Someone called in to the show to ask if anyone on the panel had tried a website called Eat Your Books. I’d never heard of it and listened with curiosity.

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Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup - @SavorySimple


I never considered Valentine’s Day to be the most romantic of holidays when I was younger.  You see, February 14th happens to be both my mother and my brother’s birthday.  Now that I’m no longer living with my parents and am, you know, married, I like to do something small to celebrate the holiday aside from calling my family.  Maybe it’s a romantic dinner for two at home, maybe we go out, maybe Jeff (cough cough) brings me some flowers.

This year we’re dining in and I’ve compiled a Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup with over 60 options for your entire meal.  Enjoy!

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I tackled some uncomfortable subjects on the blog this week and was really inspired by all of the conversation that followed.  Some people disagreed with my point of view and I think that’s a good thing.  The world would be a very boring place if we all agreed with each other all the time.  The important thing to me is that this is a space where we can be respectful of one another and share honest opinions.  Opening up on the site has never been easy but I find that the more I take personal risks, the more I feel connected to everyone who reads and comments.  Greater risk, greater reward.

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I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!  Sunday is baking day with one of my best friends and we’re making a ton of goodies!   Momofuku Crack Pie, anyone?  Also on the agenda: thumbprint cookies, a holiday roulade, popcorn, a cheesy dip perfect for football parties… keep an eye out!  Stay tuned for some fun content this week including a giveaway from Gordon’s Gourmet!  And if you get a moment please visit some of my fabulous sponsors!

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Small Indulgences
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Sumptuous Spoonfuls

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This has been quite an eventful week!  Taking on sponsors is a huge deal for me; it’s something I’ve wanted for quite awhile but have been fearful of at the same time.  When I attended Eat, Write Retreat earlier this year we had a workshop on how to monetize your blog.  It’s something almost everyone considers at some point but there’s a risk of being perceived as selling out.  The workshop was lead by the hilarious and inspiring Andy Schloss of Chef Salt.  This guy does it all and while listening to him I thought “if he can do it, I can do it.”  I say dream big, people.  This is what I want to do with my life and it starts right here.

I’ve really loved all of the comments on my Top 20 Food Blogging Tips For Beginners.  I didn’t realize it would spark so much great discussion!  Several commenters pointed out an important tip that I missed:  BE YOURSELF.  Don’t look at what other bloggers are doing or worry about how you measure up.  Don’t pretend to be something you’re not.  If your life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, that’s fine.  Just because we’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen doesn’t mean we can’t be funny, sad, snarky or whatever.  There are so many food blogs out there right now and you’ll never reach success simply by emulating others.  Find your voice and USE IT.

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