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The Rules

1. A cookbook is defined as a stand-alone book containing at least 10 recipes, published in multiple copies, and intended primarily as a cookbook or set of cooking instructions. By this definition:
o    The hand-written notebook that our dear friends assembled for us back in 1993 is not a cookbook. (But it is a treasure.)
o    The single-page pamphlet with 8 recipes involving Kraft cheese spreads is not a cookbook.
o    The several three-ring binders filled with recipes I’ve clipped from various magazines and newspapers, or printed from the Web, are not cookbooks.
o    The foodie’s memoir that happens to include some recipes he or she tried along the way is not a cookbook.
I had to draw the line somewhere.

2. I have to cook at least one recipe from each cookbook in the course of the project. I am allowed to cook more than one from the same book (for some in which recipes are presented in menus, such as Three Bowl Cookbook, I kind of have to). However, cooking more than one recipe from a single cookbook, or cooking a project recipe again at a later date, will not change the fact that I still have to cook from all the other books in the collection. In other words, 107 is the bare minimum.

3. Each recipe that I cook for the project must be something I have not cooked before. This means that if I turn to Joie Warner’s No-Cook Pasta Sauces and make Black Bean, Tomato and Feta Sauce, which I have made so often I don’t even consult the book any more, this does not count toward the project.

4. I must try my best to follow the recipe as sincerely and faithfully as possible, with the full intention of eating and enjoying the results. This is going to be difficult with books such as The Twinkies Cookbook and The Joys of Jell-O, but if nothing else it will be a learning experience.

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