The “BREXIT” Effect and Cookbooks


Music – “The Brexit Song (Brexit Blues)” from The Brexit Song (Brexit Blues) by Isaac Adni. Released: 2016

On June 23rd, 2016,  British citizens voted on the question, “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union (EU) or leave the European Union?”.  52% of votes were cast in favour of leaving the EU.  The process of this “exit”, some say, may take more than two years to complete.  The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union is widely known as “Brexit” (British Exit)   The referendum caused a ricochet effect in global markets.

Due to a rather coincidental series of events, at around the same time as “Brexit” became a done deal, I was dealing with a curious problem of my own and wondering how it could be resolved.  You see, I had reached the limits of shelf space I had previously assigned to cookbooks from the UK, not imagining that I would eventually have 116 from that part of the world.  Pressed into two small shelves in the European section of The Great Hall of Cookbooks, lodged among their cohorts from France, Germany, Spain, etc.  they were clearly in need of breathing room.

"The Great Hall of Cookbooks" (read: European Union)

The Great Hall of Cookbooks” (read as: European Union)






As a result, the only option was to remove them from The Great Hall and sequester them in the “annex”, a room across from The Great Hall, where they could enjoy two bookcases dedicated to their newly found isolation.

"The Annex" (Read: no longer in the European Union)

The Annex” (Read as: no longer in the European Union)

In the process of relocating them, I was suddenly struck by the peculiar timing of the move, coinciding as it was, with “Brexit“.  Alas, they were forced to leave the “union“, by popular vote, so to speak, and are now more or less isolated from their previous compatriots.  Mrs. Beeton, Jamie, Nigella, the Two Fat Ladies and others have bid “adieu”.  There is no looking back.

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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2 Responses to The “BREXIT” Effect and Cookbooks

  1. Thanks, Wende! I was aware of those reprints, but I told my husband I would only stop collecting if I had a first edition (good luck with being able to afford that!). I could really hold out for a signed copy if necessary, so, you see, I feel relatively safe that he won’t be forking out the $$$ for such a volume (oh, I AM evil!) Thanks again and hope you’re enjoying the posts!

  2. Wende says:

    Hello Mrs. Jimenez,

    My name is Wende and I have been a reader of your blog for approximately six months. I have been reading some of your older posts and noticed that you were looking for Salvador Dali’s cookbook. You probably already know this (and I certainly do not want to stop your collection from growing) but just in case you didn’t. I believe has reprints of the cookbook (please see below)

    Dalí: Les Dîners de Gala (Hardcover)
    by Salvador Dali

    4.8 out of 5 stars
    70 customer reviews Share

    Eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime.

    + $2.20 estimated tax


    Now of course the cost is not at “thrift store” pricing. (which I like you love to peruse and find old cookbooks). Just a friendly note in case you want to add it to your collection. Please don’t stop collecting.

    Thank you for your time and consideration,

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