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I have an extensive collection of cookery books - am a closet collector I suppose, though I rarely actually use a recipe to cook from more see them as a general guide or source of inspiration. Given the chance, just to sit and browse through an old cookery book - such as Elizabeth David gives a real glimpse into the social history of the time and conjures up vivid images of family life and the food rituals involved. I am fortunate enough to have my Grandmother and Great Grandmother's hand written cookery books. I do intend on transcribing and testing the recipes therein. I too have a handwritten book which I add odd recipes to which will hopefully give joy to my family in the future.
I also have a bit of a thing for kitchen paraphernalia - be it baking dishes, biscuit cutters or gadgets....Indeed I need a bigger kitchen as I'm forever overspilling the available space!