Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Addicted to cook books?

I gave you a little glimpse of my recipe book addiction when I posted my life story, as told in cook books but now I'm going to give you some idea of the extent of my addiction. And please don't suggest therapy, I don't want to be cured!

I've been meaning to join in the Random Recipe challenge at Belleau Kitchen ever since I started this blog, and when I read that this month's challenge is to photograph your cook books I just couldn't resist!

I've been buying recipe book and magazines since my student days, in the 1970s, and have seldom parted with one. Well, that's a lie, I did take a huge pile to a secondhand shop once when we were clearing up to move house, but I missed them all so much that I've gradually bought them all again, either new or from charity shops. Our study is crammed with books, while the "temporarily out of favour" ones languish in the loft, waiting their turn to come back into use. So here, with no further explanation or apology, are some photos of my library.

and finally, the little  basket of ancient paperback books and leaflets that are used so often they never get chance to use the kitchen

I see a packet of  Colour Catcher sheets has found its way in among them, which probably gives you a clue about how tidy I am.....

PS..... maybe if I tuck my confession out of the way down here you won't notice it..... as well as all the books in the photos, there are several piles on the floor, as I've run out of shelf space. And several box files full of recipe mags. And a couple of dozen cardboard wallets full of recipes torn out of mags. And 10 photo albums full of recipes rather more neatly cut out of mags.


  1. what a nice addiction to have, I have half a dozen, but tend to google most nowadays...or invent them for the grandson as I go along

  2. Oh my goodness. No wonder Mark has been shunted out to the garden! There's barely room for the two of you inside!!! Soooooo many books. I'm half jealous and half scared!! You MUST take part in a regular random recipes too... just so we can see you cook from the books! Thanks so much for taking part. Much love from sunny Spain x

  3. Well there are some great books there. I must admit I'm fascinated by the contents of the basket of paperbacks and leaflets - there must be gems in there.

  4. Oh and so glad I'm not the only one who has donated books to the charity shop and then bought them back sometime later.

    I love all your books and now I'm starting to doubt whether I can be as brutal and get rid of some of mine.

    Sue xx

  5. I can feel a follow up post about the contents of my basket coming up. Watch this space next week, I'm away from home (and away from my books) right now

  6. What a fabulous collection. I sent some books to the charity shop and then ended up buying them again. GG


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