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Pigling Bland’s kitchen shelf

July 21, 2012

For Random Recipes #18 we have been set the a task of photographing our cookbooks, so this is a chance for you to see a bit of where all things Pigling Bland happen. Mr B recently arranged all the books in our house in colour groups and actually I quite like it – aside from looking awesome on the big general bookshelf, it means I notice books I usually miss. Honestly though, I regularly use Delia and with the others I go in phases. There quite are a few that I’ve never actually made anything from but like the thought of using.

Pink and Green

Yellow and Black (ish)

One of the first things I likedabout this house was the little shelf next to the big cupboard that was just crying out to be filled with cookbooks. You can see that the bottom shelf has the ubiquitous collection of magazines, saved but actually not used that often.

An overview (+ Mr B in the background)

And finally, since you’ve had to put up with my complaints and because it will be retiring in September (if all goes to plan) Here is the “oven of evil”

The much mentioned “oven of evil”

11 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2012 11:41 pm

    Mr B is just so creative darling… he shouldn’t read ICON too often or he might believe the hype!… love the colour co-ordination, it’s stunning… love the shelving too, very chic… loving the fact that you’ve entered this month… sends little shivers up my spinal area xxx

    • July 26, 2012 9:27 pm

      Smirk, well it was Mr B that took it upon himself to make a “mood board” to design our new kitchen!

  2. July 22, 2012 8:32 am

    I love that Mr B is featured in the background!!
    A friend of mine has her cookery book shelves in colour order, in her living room. First noticed it a couple of years back. Looks SO good as her shelves are larger and with more books, so looks really really striking! Have seen it a few times since then but hers was the first so remains the one that impressed me most!! 🙂

    • July 26, 2012 9:28 pm

      I can’t remember where I saw it first but I seem to remember my sister and I being allowed to put our Dad’s hardback books in colour groups, but not the paperbacks.

  3. July 22, 2012 7:59 pm

    Love the colour co-ordination! Is he going to organise your wardrobe as well? 🙂 I love your little shelf too! i need a second bookshelf as I have books everywhere!

    • July 26, 2012 9:27 pm

      I am yet a fledgling cook-booker 🙂 Hmm…not sure if I should let him loose on my wardrobe!

  4. strongassoup permalink
    July 22, 2012 11:36 pm

    Well, I’d never thought of colour order but I really think it might be the way forward. It makes more sense than most methods I’ve tried.

    • July 26, 2012 9:26 pm

      It does save the internal dilemmas of trying to categorize in other ways. I don’t think I could do it with my CDs though, that’s one step too far.

  5. July 30, 2012 3:58 pm

    I saw a picture of a bookshelf on pinterest arranged by colour and was SERIOUSLY tempted to give it a go too (I often look at my shelves and mentally group them)… But them I worry that friends might be concerned about my state of mind and having too much time on my hands!!!! Mr B could be my justification!

    • July 31, 2012 10:10 am

      Hey, if my alpha male thinks it’s fine then I’m sure it’s socially acceptable! It does look great on whole-wall bookshelves an, you could argue it saves time as you have to think more if you are categorising / alphabetising? I’m sure Mr B would fight your corner….send them his way 🙂


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