What to Do with Your Old Cookbooks


As we all love cookbooks, sometimes you reach a point where you just need to skip a few. But unless a cookbook is completely dumped in the trash or something flimsy that you gather at school, you don’t really want to throw them in the trash. Someone can use them! Here’s what to do with your old cookbooks you don’t want anymore.

1. Sales

For example, if you have the first edition of a classic, now popular cookbook or one by a famous new author in pristine condition, you can sell it. First, see if there are any specific used cookbook stores in your area (we are part of Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks in New York City) to gauge interest and price. potential value. If that’s not an option, try going to a generally used bookstore or even a site like eBay. Just know that most cookbooks don’t have special value, so don’t expect to collect any real money on a sale.

2. Donation

If your cookbooks are in good condition, but of no particular value, try to donate them. Your local library, thrift store, or even your prison or high school can be good options – but be sure to call ahead to see what they’re looking for, or they’ll eventually drop in. trash can. It’s also important to note that none of these will want your cookbook if it’s spilled, moldy, or in bad shape. Be realistic about whether these books are worth giving away.

3. Give it to those in need

I’m always amazed at how quickly upstairs or curbside books sell! Put them in a box marked “free” the next sunny day and see what gets taken. After a day or two, whatever is left is a candidate for donation or recycling. This is also a good way to get rid of old cookbooks.

4. Recycle them

Books are (mostly) made of paper, so they can find a second life in new paper products. If the cookbook cover is hardcover, you’ll need to pull the paper out for recycling (just throw away the cover – oops). Remember that if pages are wet or dirty, or so old that they turn brown and brittle, they are not good for recycling. In that case, you should just throw them away with your regular trash.

5. Reuse them

If books are in bad shape, out of date, or unwanted, consider stripping them for parts. If the pages are not shiny or not covered with clay, they can be very good for catching fire. Cut into strips, those pages are great material for your child’s next collage or papermaking project. Old book covers can be framed and turned into artwork for your kitchen. It may sound difficult at first, but think about how those books have a second life!