Hosting a cookbook swap party

Have some cookbooks that just don’t thrill you anymore? Want to have new cookbooks without spending any money? If your answer to either of those questions is yes, you might want to host a cookbook swap. Not sure how to go about it? Meghan Walbert Lifehacker offers some tips on how to host a successful swap

bag with books

There is no set format for such an event, but there are some ground rules you should follow. The first piece of advice is that you need at least three people for it to be a success, although the more people that you can wrangle into attending, the better. Don’t put limits onto the number of books anyone can bring, either. The number of books that each person brings to the event is the number they can take home. 

Encourage attendees to focus on good quality books, not ‘throwaway’ cookbooks. “Those little seasonal “books” (they’re really more like magazines) that you find in the grocery store checkout line don’t count,” says Walbert. Bring them along in case anyone is interested, but don’t count them toward your book total. And to help everyone get to know their “new” books better, everyone should bookmark their favorite recipes in the books they are giving away. 

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  • Larkspur  on  May 21, 2019

    Those magazine type cookbooks may be considered “throwaway” but they are taken very quickly from my little free library—faster than regular cookbooks.

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