“World’s Largest Cookbook Collection”

For those who follow my posts, you might be interested in this interview, which was just posted today (5/24/2018), on http://www.seriouseats.com. Oddly enough, under a features column by editor Sho Spaeth, entitled “Obsessions“! Hope you enjoy it!  Just click on the link, below:


Sue   (aka “the crazy cookbook lady”)

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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5 Responses to “World’s Largest Cookbook Collection”

  1. Very interesting. If I’m looking for a recipe I just google it and also look in specific books I think may have the recipe. EYB may be a better way though. I cook everyday, do you cook everyday. I have a husband that loves to eat! He loves sweets but is watching his weight, he will eat very little of dessert. I love baking and deciding on what to bake. I eat some dessert but get tired of food quickly so I give the rest away. My neighbors love me!

  2. Lisa: EYB is available for $30 annually and you can “match” their library of books to your own. It is a great site, with lots of features. The only “down” side, if there is one, is that of the more than 5,000 cookbooks I share with their library, only about 1,500 of those books are “indexed”, meaning, searchable by a whole host of ways: ingredient, type of dish, ethnicity, and much more. So, of my 6,372 cookbooks, I can search about 1,500 of those shared with EYB by all kinds of search criteria. The good news is that they are always indexing books, some by them, some by EYB members, and they e-mail you when a shared book has been indexed. It really is a great resource and saves a lot of time if you’re searching for a recipe. The recipes are not actually included (although a few are available online, and the index will note that). The goal is to provide you with the book title, the page number where you can find it, ingredients you’ve selected and to find them on the books on your shelves. I heartily endorse EYB! I probably use it at least 2 – 3 times a week. The rest of the time, it’s hunt and seek!

  3. Hey Sue! Glad you got back with me! Marina is a friend on facebook. She has some recipes on facebook, I have already copied the ones that sounded good to me. I did ask Marina if she had any copies left and she said no. Thanks for the idea though. I buy from thriftbooks several times a week! Love that store!. I have googled and google everyday for cookbooks I want and have had no luck. I’m the same as you, I am not obsessed because I don’t purchase every cookbook I see. I will try Edward Hamilton Bookseller, I have never heard of them. I just created an account with Eat Your Books but I’m not clear about how to use it. I will check back with them again today. Do you use it often? Thanks friend!

  4. Hi Lisa: Thanks for your note. I have only heard of Marina Castle, but was not familiar with her book and unfortunately, I don’t have a copy in my collection. Perhaps you’ve already done this, but she does have a Facebook page under “Marina Castle Kelley”. I was able to get to her page, but when I tried to paste the link to it for you, it didn’t seem to work, but you should be able to find her directly. Perhaps she’ll still have some copies of her book.

    Glad to hear of another “obsessed” person, although I don’t think of myself as “obsessed”. I think if I were “obsessed” I would simply buy every cookbook I came across, but that is not how I collect, as I am pretty discriminating. About 90% of my books I purchased from thrift stores, sometimes at estate sales, garage sales, etc. Some I bought at used bookstores, but they are usually more expensive. By word of mouth, some people have called me to just give away a few cookbooks that belonged to their mother and they just don’t want them. I have traveled quite a bit (in my youth), but oddly enough, that was at a time pre-cookbook collecting on a large scale, although I have a couple of books I purchased in Egypt, Spain, Portugal and the UK from that time. There is a great site (Edward Hamilton Bookseller), which sell remainder books, including cookbooks, at much reduced prices. Most are more current, some out of print, but there is usually something there that intrigues me. You may also already be familiar with http://www.thriftbooks.com, in which individuals sell out of print and current books, including cookbooks. The prices vary. I’ve ordered from them in the past, but they still put these incredibly sticky labels on the spines of all of their books, and I’ve had more than one book ruined in trying to get the label off. Despite my complaining to them, they still use these nasty labels.

    Good luck with your continued collecting! By the way, are you using Eat Your Books yet to assist you in finding recipes?



  5. I love cookbooks myself and people including my husband, think I have totally lost my mind. I have about three thousand. They just can’t understand why I love them so much. Everybody has their own hobby or something they love collecting, I don’t let it bother me! How do you collect cookbooks? Travel all over, the internet, garage sales? Just curious. I have been looking for this book, I had a copy and gave it away to a friend, now I wish I would have kept it! “Splendour in My Kitchen” by Marina Castle. She married and her name is now Marina Castle Kelley but when she wrote the cookbook she was Castle. Do you happen to have this book? And if you do would you sell it to me? That is how bad I want the book! Thank you friend!!!

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