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Things that make you go 'hmm'…


One of my friends asked me if I would attempt to rescue her favourite cookery book which had fallen into disrepair. You can tell she is a keen cook, my cookery books are all on display in my kitchen in pristine condition. What follows are the before and after photographs of the project.


I used one of my photographs for the cover image and an Emma Bridgewater double sized wrapping paper for the end papers – it is spotted on one side and striped on the other which makes for a nice contrast and compliments the fruity colours on the cover. The glue wasn’t quite dry when I took the photographs so the paper is a bit wrinkly inside but it is now sitting in my book press and should dry out nicely. I hope she likes it – at least it will give a new lease of life to Delia’s recipes :-)

You may have noticed how I like a nice link so continue the fruity theme….


And finally, thanks to Dave Walker for this time saving, healthy eating advice.


And you really must check out Dunn’s latest post over at My Interesting Files. I borrowed this image from there but there are loads more to see – all very clever and funny.


22 responses to “Fruity

  1. theblahstory April 3, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Veeery coool !!! :-)

  2. strugglingwriter April 3, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Nice work with the book resuscitation. It looks nice. Thanks for the before/after photos.

    I saw that fruit chart before. #1, I love it. #2, I think bananas and oranges were way too low on the tasty scale :)

  3. Diane April 3, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    blahstory – thanks!

    Paul – glad you liked it. I agree about oranges and especially bananas
    and I would also rate some tomatoes higher on the tasty scale (yummy Mediterranean ones not cotton wool supermarket ones) and I would also swap green and red apples over, but again only tasty red Braeburn apples and not cotton wool tasteless red ones.

    Picky? Moi?

  4. Teresa April 3, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    That’s it…I’m mailing ALL my cookbooks to you (whether they’re falling apart or not)! :) You surely work magic on them.

    Funny fruits and veggies cartoons! I have to say that I love pretty much all fruits and veggies, so I wouldn’t categorize anything in the untasty portion. Uh, except for durian. GROSS!!!

    If you like Braeburns, you should try a Pink Lady. Those are our absolute favorite apples now. Oh, another addendum to my untasty comment, Red Delicious apples are pretty gnarly too (is that what you were talking about when you said “cotton wool tasteless red ones”?).

    The watermelon man kind of creeps me out though. LOL! But some of his other creations are too cool. Oh, have you ever seen Saxton Freymann’s art? He creates animals, people, etc. out of food! Check out this book, for example:

  5. laketrees April 3, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    what an incredible transformation to the cook book Diane !!!
    I love the photo…and the double sided inside….
    the fruit cartoons are very funny….I like the idea of fruit and veggie jewellery !!
    that flying penguin video is hilarious…what will be next ? flying pigs?

  6. Jenny April 3, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Mahvelous, dahling! Love the vegetable abacus!

  7. Dunn April 4, 2008 at 2:03 am

    I also have one of my favorite book that need to be rescued. I wish you live close to me enough to help me with that as well. ;-)
    Thank’s for the link love..

  8. froginapot April 4, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Love how it turned out, I definitely have to try this. Thanks for posting….oh, and thanks for the bit of fruit and veggie humor, I especially like the abacus.

  9. Lunes April 4, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Oh what a great idea restoring books and I love what you have done to it! I hope she is thrilled.
    The 5 portions is very funny – how on earth you find ways of linking into each post is beyond me!

  10. Durano Lawayan April 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Diane,

    That was a terrific restoration work you did on that cook book. But I was left to wonder why your cookbooks are in mint condition? Such meticulous attention to detail and creative conceptualizations should translate very well when it comes to cooking. Hmmmmm.

    Then it hit me. You’re using xerox copies of your cook books! LOL!
    :-) — Durano, done!

  11. clara April 4, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Diane!
    What a great ideia.
    I have to say, i love the belgian secret book. I have to try, but i don’t undertand the instruction, i have to ask to my boyfriend to translate to me.

  12. paolo April 4, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    the watermelon looks really yummy :P

  13. RennyBA April 5, 2008 at 12:53 am

    What a fresh, healthy and creative way of doing it – a great combination of your excellent skills!

    Wishing you a great end to your week Diane :-)

  14. Diane April 5, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Teresa – pink ladies are my second apple of choice! Glad you like the book, it was a fun project :-)

    Kim – the fruit photo was the only food image I had handy (well, out of my own photos, it came out very well – and I do like the double sided paper – very economical :-)

    Jenny – thanks, sweetie!

    Dunn – my pleasure! You have such fun things on your blog:-)

    froginapot – what a great name! Glad you enjoyed them :-) I love the recipe for Apple Dumplings – yum!

    Kylee – glad you liked the book. It takes me ages sometimes to find good links and other times, it all just falls into place :-)

    Durano – if only! I’m OK at cooking for other people but not very good at cooking for myself. I love reading cookery books but I’m not very good at using them :-)

    Clara – it’s quite easy once you get into it – I’m going to try Rhonda’s method next….

    Paolo – I don’t like watermelon much myself – I prefer other kinds of melon, honeydew, galia, charantais – yum! :-)

    Renny – thank you, it is fun to rescue an old book and give it a new lease of life.
    Have a good weekend, Renny :-)

  15. AmyH April 6, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    That makes me want to recover some of my cook books–although that would mean tearing off some of those pristine covers!

  16. Diane April 6, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Ha! You are a cook book collector too! I buy all the latest celebrity chef books and rarely use them….. they look very pretty on a shelf though :-)

  17. perpetualplum April 7, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I used to repair books for the library. We used white glue, construction paper and waxed paper . I think you did a significantly better job, FANTASTIC in fact! ;-)

    Great Ideas for getting your fruits and veges! I think I should start wearing my vegetables around my neck.

  18. snitterdog April 7, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    this is so funny! Great post– I love the fruit and vegetable cartoons! :P

  19. Diane April 7, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    It’s a nice feeling to give some old book a new lease of life isn’t it? I can see why you enjoy recycling things so much. Not sure about recycling veggies as jewellery though…. :-)

  20. Heather April 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Great job on the cookbook it looks “new” again…Heather

  21. Diane April 14, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I’m returning it to it’s owner on Thursday – hope she likes it too!

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