Guinness World Records in New Mexico: from Cookbooks to Slinkys!

Readers may recall my post of November 11th, 2013, in which I, somewhat tongue in cheek, announced my new “officially amazing” status, as the Guinness World Record Holder for the largest collection of cookbooks, which numbered 2,970 at the time. The collection has not shrunk, and in fact has grown exponentially to somewhere in the neighbourhood of 4,700.

So, it was with amusement that in the Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 edition of The Albuquerque Journal, I read about another New Mexico Guinness Record Holder, Susan Suazo of Los Lunas, New Mexico, who is now the official Guinness World Record Holder for the largest collection of Slinkys. Susan’s Slinky collection numbers 1,054.

All of those readers “of an age”, will remember “Slinky” and most, including myself, had one. Our house at the time had a lovely staircase to the second floor, and I would spend an inordinate amount of time watching “Slinky” make it’s way down each step, undulating and wobbling, until it hit the bottom and neatly coiled itself into something resembling a cobra waiting to attack. In some ways, it was like having a small, inanimate pet. I had the original metal slinky, made of a gray coloured steel and certainly nothing fancy. In Susan Suazo’s collection, she apparently has all manner of Slinkys including metal ones, plastic ones, ones that glow in the dark, and in a variety of colours and patterns, shapes and sizes.

But, I ask, what can you do with a Slinky? You can’t read from it, can’t cook from it, and can’t learn anything from it, so why collect Slinkys? Probably for the same reason that some people collect cookbooks. Because we can.

Sue Jimenez, current Guinness World Record Holder for Largest Collection of Cookbooks (photo courtesy of the author)

Sue Jimenez, current Guinness World Record Holder for Largest Collection of Cookbooks (photo courtesy of the author)

Susan Suazo, current Guinness World Record Holder for largest collection of Slinkys (photo courtesy of Albuquerque Journal)

Susan Suazo, current Guinness World Record Holder for largest collection of Slinkys (photo courtesy of Albuquerque Journal)


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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 6,037. What next? More shelves!
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3 Responses to Guinness World Records in New Mexico: from Cookbooks to Slinkys!

  1. Dude.. I am not much into reading, but somehow I got to read plenty of articles on your blog. Its amazing how interesting it is for me to check out you incredibly often.

  2. Hi….only actual “cookbooks”…..I had about 250 – 300 what I call “cookbooklets”, you know, like the CIA booklets or manufacturers recipe pamphlets (early Jell-0, unless it was a later “book”), recipe books which accompanied refrigerators or ranges, etc., which couldn’t be included in the count, even though they had recipes. They do, however, permit different editions of the same book….I had several editions of Joy of Cooking, all of which could be included. They are very specific in what is acceptable and it took several months of back and forth e-mails to clarify things! How many cookbooks are in your hoard, whoops, collection? I think the difference between book hoarders and book collectors is that collectors value their books, organize them, take care of them and read them. I think hoarders just get them for the sake of having them, but I could be wrong!

  3. agnette says:

    As a fellow cookbook hoarder, I mean collector, I was curious – did the Guinness people only count actual books, or did things like Culinary Arts Institute booklets count?

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