A good friend in America, who’s now a rising star in the food world, made a comment on her Facebook page about the state of her cookbooks.
Which were covered in splatter marks.
With pages stuck together.
And I wondered about why it should matter that things we use are no longer in perfect condition.
I LOVE to cook.
And I not only love to use cookbooks. But I also collect cookbooks.
To the point where I have many hundreds of cookbooks.
Stored all over my house. Including the book shelf in my bathroom.
And I have my very first cookbook, The Joy Of Cooking, which I bought in 1967.
I know that because the date is inside.
I am a natural at documenting things. And when I buy a book, even second hand ones, I put the date I purchased it inside the front cover. So I know how long I’ve had it.
Back to my cookbooks.
Every cookbook has been used at least once.
Every recipe dated when first used.
Every alteration I make to a recipe has been documented.
Every recipe tried is rated. And a comment made as to whether I’d make it again.
All these books are my history of cooking. And every splatter mark and deteriorating spine tells me a story.
I’m proud of my less than perfect looking books. It also tells everyone who looks at them that they’re used. And loved.
Just like my well used dining room table. The dining room table my partner, Victor Pleshev, and I started The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies business on more than 20 years ago.
Although it’s waxed to a high patina. It’s scarred. And scratched.
Every mark tells a story about a dinner party. An accident at the table. The beginning of my business.
Every time we sit at it, it feels like home.
Perhaps this history is appreciated because I’m old enough to love tripping down memory lane.
But I think books and tables should be used without worrying about preserving perfection.
And be allowed to create their own memories.
What do you think?
~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
I Am The Purveyor Of The Tantrum Free Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies
Made with love and care in RURAL Australia by men and women who have a disability.
It’s not for everyone.
But it’s definitely for you if you’re fussy about the cover you iron on.
And if you love to support Australian made.
And want to put something back into the community when you make a purchase.
The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover cover has more than 350,000 customers in 29 countries. Because it lives up to its name. It ‘Fitz Like A Glove™’ every time you iron.
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