I spent all of Sunday afternoon going through them. This was a good exercise, as it caused to me to see what I really have. A number of books had only 2-6 recipes I really wanted - so I tagged those with post its. Quite a few had nothing of real interest. In the end I selected 42 books to keep, and 38 to get rid of. This morning I copied the handful of recipes I wanted from the books I had tagged, and put them into a clearfile.
Since I'm aiming to completely empty and remove the bookcase that I began working on yesterday, and which held these recipe books, I have moved the keepers to the bigger 9-cube bookcase I mostly emptied a few days ago. There they take up 2 cube shelves.
I plan to make a point of USING these recipes over the next few months, and then making copies of the recipes that really work for us, to form our own personal family recipe book - and then eliminate the original books.
I'm aiming to have recipes arranged for 30 days for each season - eg 30 main meals for Spring, 30 for Summer, and so on, making 120 in total, based on seasonally available foods, along with breakfasts, lunches, etc.
This will mean easier planning, good variety, lower cost and higher nutrition.
How many cookbooks do you have?