A Vintage Cookbookery Mystery: Will the “Cookbook Queen” meet Chef Robert Irvine?



I didn’t designate myself as “The Cookbook Queen”. Rather, an acquaintance did, after seeing an article about my cookbook collection (and 2013 holder of the Guinness World Record for cookbooks), in the Albuquerque Journal, in 2013. Somehow, though, the name just stuck.

Well, excitement is in the air in Albuquerque, now that all of the
hot air is gone (read: Balloon Fiesta is over). Renowned Chef, Robert Irvine, is coming to town next week to save a local restaurant, which will be featured early next year on his popular show, “Restaurant Impossible“. After trying once before to get in on the action last year, when he saved another local establishment, I am pleased to announce that I will be one of the bevy of local minions to do as Chef Irvine beckons.

I have 2 days and $10,000 to do the impossible…
(Chef Robert Irvine on “Restaurant Impossible”)

"She volunteered.  Why is she screaming about the dead rats?" (Photo Credit:  www.pressherald. com)

“She volunteered. Why is she screaming about the dead rats?”
(Photo Credit: http://www.pressherald.

Will he shout at me? Will I cower when he yells “everything out of here…NOW!” Will I even see him? Will he autograph a couple of his cookbooks, which I have in my collection? Dare I even ask? If I invited him to come over and see my 4,577 cookbooks, would he think me a fruitcake?

Chef Robert Irvine (Photo Credit:  www.brennerbrief.com)

Chef Robert Irvine (Photo Credit: http://www.brennerbrief.com)

Well, I’ll probably be relegated to one of the many horrific tasks you may have seen on “Restaurant Impossible“, like moving dirty booths and peeling dead rats off of the floor, or scraping 3 inches of caked-on grease from the fryer, or maybe running from the cockroaches streaming from behind the refrigerator? Time will tell. Stay tuned!

"No, no....keep that Cookbook Queen away from me!" (Photo Credit: www. watchfullepisode.com)

“No, no….keep that Cookbook Queen away from me!” (Photo Credit: www.

My EatYourBooks cookbook collection

About vintagecookbookery

Cookbook lover and collector with a burgeoning collection of cookbooks. Reading and researching food trends, history of cooking techniques and technological advances in cooking, what we eat and why and cookbooks as reflectors of cultures is a fascination for me. As of November 7th, 2013, I hold the current Guinness World Record title for the largest collection of cookbooks: 2,970 at the official count on July 14th, 2013 (applaud now, thank you very much!) The current (unofficial) number is now 6,500. What next? More shelves?
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