It’s no secret that I’ve been car booting for years. When I was a little more flush and had different ideas of what direction my photography would take I collected vintage kitchen equipment. There are now 2 large boxes of this stuff crammed in the bottom of my larder that I rarely use. Since I pared back my food pictures, I started collecting cookbooks.
My name is Caítríona and I have a cookbook addiction.
Last Wednesday evening I joined a group of lifestyle bloggers at Avoca Malahide for a meet up, organised by the lovely Emily Holmes. It’s not the first time we have chatted, but the first time we met in person, and our Irish Tea feature last Autumn was one of my favourite things of 2012, also one of my most popular Audioboo recordings.
I picked up and inspected so many dinky items.
They would live in my imaginary kitchen that had loads of shelves just for beads.
Plenty of wall space for shelves.
And a light filled conservatory where I could hang lovely rugs.
By the time I got home I was dragged into reality by a 17 month old who wanted to be fed the minute I got in the door. Avoca were kind enough to include their second cookbook in a goodie bag for me along with a beautiful apron on which it is pictured, and it will certainly be used.
The 17 month old’s bedroom also houses my cookbook collection. I think that’s a strategic move by my hubby. I can’t sneak in there at night and nose through the books without planning in advance. The only other suitable spot in the house would be in our bedroom and I’m not sure he’s ready to share the bedroom with my cookbook addiction quite yet.
I use the cookbooks as reference points.
There was a time when I wouldn’t cook a thing for the (now) 4 year old without checking an Annabel Karmel tome, now I rarely read them but they are good for a browse every now and again.
I love books that have great photography and I use these as inspiration for some of my own food photographs.
Then there are the novelty books, ones that I would never buy for myself at full list price but they are great to have in the house.
Over the past 4 years I’ve amassed quite a collection of fun, quirky and interesting books.
Today I’ve shared just a few of my favourites.
I know that I’m not the only collector out there. What are your favourite, go-to cookbooks? Is there an old & battered book that you know will fall open at the page that you continuously refer to? Are they spattered with food? Which is by the way a sign of use and love, a great sign of a good book.