Sunday, 22 July 2012

My Cookbook Collection



This month's random recipes challenge set by Dom from Belleau Kitchen is something a little different. How different? Well, there's no baking involved! So no recipes or bakes today but a little sneak peek at my cookbook collection. My place is extremely messy and I mean Messy with a capital M so this is most of my collection but not all as I have books (and other stuff) lying around everywhere.  I seem to have a slight cookbook addiction at the moment and my collection is rapidly expanding. If I enter random recipes often enough, I may actually get round to using all of them by 2030!! ;-)


 My main bookshelf - there are a few other books on the bottom shelf but I think you get the idea...and yes that is the Harry Potter collection :)


 A closer look 

 The 'cupcakey' end of the shelf

 The spiral bound book is a collection of recipes my colleagues gave me as a leaving present.. Ros's own cookbook! 

 I also have a huge stack of magazines on my floor and chair - this is just a random selection from the pile 

 This is a glimpse of my extremely messy table. There's books/magazines/papers/bills/stationery/cake boxes/cake boards ... I'll let you use your imagination as I'm too embarrassed to show you my whole table!! 


44 comments:

  1. Lovely collection - impressive cupcake reference section!
    I think we share quite a few books in common.
    Don't worry about the mess - it shows there is a creative genius at work. And you have done very well to not let us have a glimpse of any mess at all.

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    1. Thanks! Yes I like to think of it as organised mess although I'm pretty sure mum disagrees!!

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  2. As an accomplice cookbook collector, I definitely understand the delicious chaos. Quite frankly, Ros, I wouldn't have it any other way. Impressive indeed.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Louise! Glad to have an accomplice cookbook collector :)

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  3. Quite admirable collection. Would love to have a peek in Ros's own cook book :D. One constant among all the posts I have seen is Nigella.

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    1. Thanks! You can't beat a good Nigella recipe :)

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  4. I love books all books and love cooking books and magazines:)you have nice collection Ros:)

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  5. You clearly have great taste as we have quite a few in common (including Harry Potter!) :)

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    1. Thanks! There's still a few more that didn't make the pictures but I didn't have time to tidy up!

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  7. Wow I'm jealous you have so many!! I have about 25 and loads on my Amazon wishlist, I'm addicted to cookbooks too, I just love them!! I need to finish uni and get a job so I can buy loads more!! :)

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    1. My amazon wishlist keeps growing!! Now I just need to find the space to store them all!

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  8. It is hard isn't it, they do start to take over the house. I have cookbooks lying here and there, but now have a new tall bookcase to house them. They used to be two deep, which was useless.

    Oh and remember you can use your cookbooks for the bookmarked recipes challenge too :)

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    1. I've almost run out of space ;) I had to sacrifice my novels to the charity shop so I could keep my cookbooks. Well worth it though :) Thanks for the reminder about bookmarked recipes!

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  9. Your collection is seriously impressive! Mine isn't nearly as extensive as yours but luckily I have a sister whose is and whenever I want to borrow anything from her collection she's more than obliging!

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    1. It's great that you have such an awesome sister. I use my local library a lot too - they have a great collection and excellent service.

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  10. Nice collection Ros, second time I've seen a cook book others have put together for someone as a gift...lovely book to always cherish. x

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    1. Thanks! I actually have a few of those as I've changed jobs quite a few times in recent years and somehow that's what everyone gets me (or baking paraphernalia) hmmm I wonder why? ;-)

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  11. Why am I not surprised to see so many baking books on your shelves ;-) I guess it's also no surprise that we've got quite a few of the same titles, although you have heaps more than me! And since you pointed it out, I've been noticing Short and Sweet everywhere too.

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    1. LOL I'm sure you wouldn't expect any less ;) I'm still seeing short and sweet everywhere! oh and Nigella too :)

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  12. Very lovely collection and I too am impressed with your baking selection. Not too messy, I reckon this is pretty much what my bookshelves normally look like!! Thanks so much for taking part. X

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    1. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge Dom - it's genius! X

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  13. What a very impressive cookbook collection! And hehe my Harry Potter books are in amongst my cookbooks too :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine and so pleased to see another HP fan :)

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  14. Gosh what a collection you have no wonder you can find so many things to make - some days I just seem to run out of ideas. Perhaps I need more books!

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    1. I get a lot of inspiration from blogs but I really should use my books more often!

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  15. GREAT selection Ros and like you, my magazines are all over the place! LOVED peeking at your titles, we share LOTS of the same books! Karen :-)

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    1. Thanks Karen! I had to pick a few magazines otherwise the team from 'hoe clean is your house?' will be over here in a shot!

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  16. It looks like you have about as many books as me...completely addictive!! I've just taken my photos and need to get round to posting!! :-)

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    1. There are some books that have not made it to these photos. I can't wait to see yours :)

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  17. That's a fine collection and it's not messy in my eyes. Please don't pick out a Harry Potter book for a future Random Recipe challenge - the result could be a little scary.

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    1. LOL I think it could be interesting making a RR from one of my Harry Potter books! ;-)

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  18. wow amazing collection!! :) totally jealous

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  19. I love the candid photos, Ros, and so happy you decided to share. I've really enjoyed this month's RR because I've picked out so many cookbooks to add to my wish list ;) I think I even spotted a Gordon Ramsey cookbook you and I share...

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    1. I've really enjoyed this month's RR too. So much fun! I've had the Gordon Ramsey book for eons - I hardly ever use it!!

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  20. Hurrah! I have found someone with a greater cookbook and food magazine addiction than my own!

    Happy Baking :-)

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    1. ha ha you should see some of the others! :)

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  21. Its amazing how many of us have Nigella's Kitchen book.

    Love your selection.

    Sue xx

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