I don't have many recipe books, they are something that I browse through in bookshops but don't have the desire to collect. You can read my old and frankly rather pathetic Cookbooks Listography entry here, and although I've collected a couple more recipe books since, I still have very few.
What I do have, however, is a bulging folder stuffed with recipes that I have collected and cut out from magazines, mainly of the free supermarket variety. I also have a challenge on my Day Zero Project list to cook ten new meals for the family, and the wish to join in with Mary from Keynko with her 52 Cook Books linky, encouraging people to cook some recipes from their cook book stash.
I think that the 52 Cook Books linky is a fantastic idea, and although I'm not going to be able to manage every week I'm hoping to join is as often as I can. For my first recipe, I made Tuscan Bean and Roasted Butternut Risotto. This recipe came in a pamphlet that Harry brought home from school, I think it's an example of the sort of meal that they give them for school dinners. The quantity says to serve four children, I found it made two reasonably sized adult portions.
This was actually the first time that I had made risotto, which is disgraceful really when I'm cooking vegetarian meals and it is so versatile. I found it pretty easy and quick to make, and it's fairly reasonable when it comes to calories, which is important to me at the moment! We enjoyed the meal, and although it probably won't make it on to our regularly cooked meals, it did give me some ideas for how I could cook different versions of the dish, and I'm definitely going to try risotto again.
Do you have a stash of recipes that you've been meaning to try? Why not join in the challenge? Now I'm off to go through the clippings and find something to try next week!