Readers! April is right around the corner, and that means it's time to celebrate Cookbook Exploitation Month!
For those readers new to Casual Kitchen, April is the month for where you dig out your most underused and forgotten cookbooks and start putting them to work.
Remember, the 80/20 Rule tells us that 80% of your meals likely come from just 20% of your recipes. It also tells us that you only really use 20% of your cookbooks--the other 80% of them just sit on your shelf, collecting dust.
What does this mean? It means that there's a gold mine of recipes waiting for you in your very own kitchen, in cookbooks you already own. Therefore, the purpose of Cookbook Exploitation Month is to break out one or two of your underused, unloved cookbooks, flip through them, and then systematically exploit them for all they're worth.
"Cookbook exploitation is a barbaric practice and must be stopped."
--an email from a Casual Kitchen reader
Why spend money on new cookbooks when there's an enormous repository of great recipes waiting for you in your very own kitchen? Use our essay on How to Tell if a Recipe is Worth Cooking with Five Easy Questions if you need some extra help in picking something out.
Which of your underused cookbooks will you break out and exploit this month? Tell us about it!
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