Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tales From the Used Book Store

I began reorganizing the cookbooks today at Otter Creek Used Books. Few things in life make me as happy as organizing books thematically. Not even folding my underwear in rainbow order is this satisfying--because I can also organize the books by color, obviously!

Do you think I'm joking? I assure you, I am not.

Let's hand out the awards for today's book finds, shall we?

1. Arguably the Worst Cookbook Idea Ever:
Apologies for the shaky photo. It reads, "The Amazing Ingredient: Mayonnaise!"
An entire cookbook devoted to mayonnaise. And yes, it DID include desserts. If I had a kitschy, retro kitchen, I would be compelled to buy this just to put it on display.

2. Best Book Dedication:

For this book:
Which I have decided was given from a father to a son, perhaps when he graduated college or when he got married.

*pause so I can wipe the tears from my eyes in order to keep typing*

Sometimes the shortest dedications hold the most meaning.

3. Cover Most Likely to Make You Say, "They Just Don't Make 'em Like They Used To":


This design is imprinted on the cover. How eye catching and compelling is this? Do you not love it? Do you not want to run your fingers over the graphic blender and measuring cups?? Yes, yes you do.

All this love for a cookbook on BLENDER recipes. Now that is good design.


  1. The funny way things work, circular-like: I read this post yesterday morning. Last night, I was in the car with my dad and sisters and we were talking about Cinco de Mayo. To be funny, my dad pronounced it "mae-yo" and I immediately jumoed back to this post and the cookbook o' mayonnaise.

    Doesn't sound so interesting when explaining it the day after, but it just strikes me sometimes how your brain jumps to something you wouldn't expect it to. I was sitting at a bus stop last week, and started thinking about John Keats. I was just staring at the ground, and the sticky seed pods that had fallen on the sidewalk.

  2. What a lovely comment. I agree. I also love how interconnected seemingly unrelated things can be.

    For example, right now I'm watching Kenshin and there's a beautiful scene featuring a piece of classical music I'd never heard before. It's Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo, and I've been obsessed with it ever since. Then I read Love Story last week and one of the characters references that piece! Weird and cool.

    Things like that make me feel like everything in the Universe is interconnected. We just get a glimpse of it every once in a while.