Tuesday, 10 July 2012
My cookery book collection
Dom at Belleau Kitchen, who hosts the Random Recipes blogging challenge, decided to set us a different challenge this month: to share a photograph of our cookery book collections. It will be interesting to see how many everyone has, where the keep them in their homes, and whether everyone is untidy as me! (That last one is unlikely...)
My recipe book collection has probably doubled in the last couple of years; as friends and family realise how much I like cooking and how I'm increasingly getting into baking and cake decorating, they are never short of a present idea! In fact I had absolutely no idea how many books I've got and I've just counted... if you don't include the files I've got of recipes torn out of magazines, I've got.... 72 cookery books! That's enough recipes to probably cook something different every day for the next 50 years!
My books are on a kitchen worktop -just to the left of the books (which you can't see in my picture) is my oven and just to the right (next to the cake stand) is my sink. You can just see the bottom of my kitchen windowsill in the right of the picture as well.
My books started out in a nice neat row along the wall at the back of the worktop, but have now spread to a second row. At the front is a book stand that I got at a car boot sale, holding open a book at the page of the last thing I made. On top of the back row of books are three A4 box files from Paperchase - I love the Russian doll pattern as it reminds me of a brilliant holiday to Moscow - which contain recipes I've printed from the internet or torn out of magazines. There are a couple of small notebooks stacked up as well, where I used to copy recipes out of magazines, but I just don't have time to do that any more.
In front of my books is a ceramic decorative word saying "cake" that came from Next, and a flat cake stand (one of several that I have, but the only one that I have room to keep on display); on top of the cake stand are four decorative knitted cakes from Bombay Duck. I think that's everything... as you can see, I am rapidly running out of space for any more books!