To start with, at the top, is my main cookbook shelves. I have three shelves - in our open plan living space - dedicated to foodie books. They are mainly organised by size, with the oversized stacked horizontally. My dad once categorised his books according to the Bliss System and I would love to organise these books with such attention to detail. In reality, they are often in use and are returned wherever there is a space.
Many of the books in this section are cookbooks, mostly vegetarian or vegan, with a smattering of baking and chocolate books. You can check out my list of cookbooks, which needs updating to include purchases and presents over the last few months.
In my dreams I would buy heaps of rare historic books - yellowing, dog eared, well thumbed - and keep them in an antique wooden cabinet with glass doors and a key to lock them away. Maybe one day!
kitchen renovation last year, I had some shelves put up above the stove. I keep a few of my smaller books here. They will probably end up sticky from cooking vapours but it is just a little extra space for my cookbooks.
Lastly I will take you into my bedroom to see some of my recent reading. I have been meaning to write about some of these books but where does the time go! So I will briefly tell you about a few of the ones you can glimpse here.
- Nigel Slater's Tender doesn't get the time in the kitchen it deserves because it keeps getting buried in my bedroom under good intentions to read it.
- I love the little yellow vegetarian cookbook from the 1940s that my sister Chris bought for me.
- Battenberg Britain, Nigel Slater's Eating for England and Cold Meat and How to Disguise It by Hunter Davies all make entertaining reading about British food history.
- You might glimpse Quick Fix Vegetarian by Robin Robertson that Susan of the Well Seasoned Cook kindly sent as a MLLA prize. I have many plans but not yet cooked anything from it.
- In addition, the bedroom piles also include a few novels I have been reading.