Rediscover a book you've had for years, or get to know one that you received this holiday, by first spending some time reading it outside the kitchen. Bookmark every recipe you're interested in, even if it calls for summer peaches and it's the middle of January. Then, go through your notes and pick three dishes you can try this month. Make a shopping list, buy the ingredients, and then there's no backing out: Once you've gone through the trouble of tracking down that lemongrass, you're going to use it. Here are two new books on our shelf that we're hoping are splattered with sauce by next December: My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking
by John Besh and All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art
by Molly Stevens. And one more tool for helping you get more out of your cookbooks: Eat Your Books
. You tell the site which books you own, and then, next time you need a recipe for, say, chili, it will list which of your books have what you're looking for.