Now that my stock of recipe books has increased significantly, I have had to address the issue of where to place them. Do I keep them all together, organise them by themes or mix them into those I already possess?
I am particularly concerned to discover that DIY Dad has also passed on to me all the cooking books that he has been given as presents.
It’s a long story as to why we all thought he needed them, needless to say he never read any of them. (One day I may share with you a couple of stories about his signature dishes…at which point you may get the inkling of an idea why he received them.)
This wouldn’t be so bad because I really don’t mind getting back the copy of:
- The Naked Chef I gave him many years ago, or
- The book on Webber BBQ-ing I also gave him…even though I don’t actually possess a webber myself
And several more. However, I may be drawing the line at his copy of Good Food For Men.
Part of me wants to say “I would be wanting to visibly display this on my bookshelf, why?”, I suspect that’s the part of me that did an undergrad degree that covered a not insignificant amount of representation, gender, philosophy and a varied range of ~isms.
But the other part of me, the one that will never throw out a good recipe book or something someone gave as a gift (with several notable exceptions), has decided to “detox” it by putting it next to the following beauty:
Oh, for a French Wife, indeed!