It turns out that I was wrong. When I first joined Twitter I was very dismissive of it as a waste of time. My first tweet was "I'll give this two weeks" and in under a week I had stopped tweeting. This was a long time ago, so long ago in fact that one Mr Stephen Fry follows me. I can't remember what lured me back to twitter but whatever it was I owe it, or them, a debt of gratitude.
For me twitter is a melting pot of wonderful ideas and like minded individuals. It's a place where ideas turn into reality, it's a hive mind of information, it's all so quite fun when you're drunk*. A good example of the possibilities of twitter is Sage and Thrift's Cook Book Swap. The idea of people coming together to swap their precious cookery books was born after Jo gently teased Liz about her cook book habit.
I'm sure Liz isn't the only one of us out there who just can't resist the urge of buying more and more cook books. Images of egg yolk running down a perfectly poached egg or cream oozing down the side of an apple pie are almost pornographic to foodies. The better written ones are good enough to lose yourself in for hours. I don't really use cookery books for their recipes, but for inspiration and that's enough to make me want all of them.
The problem is, as with most things, books cost money. They also take up a lot of space in the kitchen**, so they are a costly and bulky addiction. Liz and Jo's solution was to organize the Cook Book Swap so that we could all share our love of cook books without breaking the bank, or our book cases.
The first Cook Book Swap was held back in April. I ummed and ahhed about what book to take along with me. Luckily Z came along too so we could take a couple of books. We handed over our tomes and started browsing through the other contributions. Z chose Organic by Sophie Grigson and I picked the cookery book from the Thai Orchid Cookery School in Chiang Mai.
Over the last couple of months we have feasted on; Chicken with Cashew Nuts, Savory Scones with Beetroot Jam, Polenta Crusted Mackerel, Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu, Hot and Sour Prawn Soup, and Pad Thai. I'm sure you can guess which dishes are from which books.
The next Sage and Thrift Cook book swap is on Sunday 23rd June at Brewbar Espresso, under Leeds City Library, from 2pm until 4pm. I'm still in two minds about whether to swap my two books or take in two fresh ones from my personal collection. Either way I know I'll have another couple of months worth of new recipes and inspiration after Sunday and I'll have Liz, Jo and Twitter to thank for it!
*Drink responsibly kids
**or wherever you keep them.