You shall have a fishy on a little dishy…
In preparation for a creative bookbinding workshop which we are hosting this weekend, I spent a happy hour in the castle’s library yesterday looking for possible items of interest for the visitors. The bindings from the early twentieth century are amongst my favourites, especially the ones which display an Arts & Crafts or Art Nouveau influence. Even the more functional bindings of this period tend to use beautiful clear typefaces, which are a blessed relief after the tortured fancies of the Victorian era. While looking at books from this period, I was reminded that I am far from the first member of the family to appreciate the trees here. This book belonged to my husband’s great-grandfather:
Seeing this volume amongst the many tomes on genealogy and biography, one can’t help feeling that the life histories of trees were valued just as highly as those of his human acquaintances.
Perhaps the most ornate bindings date from the mid to late-nineteenth century. The magnificence of this one caught my attention:
It’s not to my taste, although I am sure that Queen Victoria would have approved. This useful book professes to be a practical guide for the modern cook. So if you, like me, have friends to feed this weekend, how about a nice simple salmon dish?
Generally, I prefer to smear a salmon steak with green pesto, wrap it in tinfoil and stick it in a hot oven for fifteen minutes. What Monsieur Gouffe would have thought of such sluttishness I dread to think. Happy reading this weekend, anyway – and happy cooking!