It's no secret that I have a bit of a problem when it comes to the purchasing of cookbooks. I love all kinds of cookbooks and am regularly suckered in by the newest offering from our favourite tv chefs however I also love to pick up secondhand bargains and am particularly fond of retro cookbooks with amazing images.
I cannot resist buying a cookbook with some dodgy looking food in it - okay, I'm never going to cook it but it's the social history aspect of it that fascinates me. I often wonder - did people actually make these creations?
One of my most recent purchases was this book,
The Wonderful World of Cookery, filled with delights such as the most obscene club sandwich ever, a bolognese/crepe concoction and some kind of swiss roll made out of gelatine and liver. Yum.
Then there is this beauty, which is actually a great cookbook for the basics and the classics, don't let me put you off.
The Hamlyn All Colour Cook Book with a rather flamboyant way of serving a pineapple salad and more fish/mousse combinations that one would ever need in their life.
A trip through my cookbooks is like a journey through Mary Berry's personal photo album.
Hasn't she changed? She seems to have found herself a good stylist and dresses a bit younger these days. She's also a lot thinner?
Never a judge a book by a cover is what people say - I say hell to that - I judged these by their cover and they were awesome.
Just look at those illustrations. They don't make them like that anymore.
Have you got any vintage cookbook gems? I'd love to see or hear about them so do tell me about them!
In the meantime I'm off to make dinner. Unfortunately, it's not going to be "Lamb Cutlet Royale" with "Mandarin Delight" but maybe one day if Mr M plays his cards right (or wrong) it will be!