13 thoughts on “Bread falling apart

  1. drfugawe

    Boy, that’s just wrong! I pulled mine down and took a look – as you say, it doesn’t look as if it’ll pull apart – and it even seems to be rather flexible, where some feel so stiff that you know if you try and open it flat, you’re asking for trouble. Is your copy published by Wiley – a US edition?

    If I were you, I’d contact them for a replacement – but I bet they’d say you sat on it, or something.

  2. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    Lets blame the English weather – I’m a gentle person, kind to my shoes and my books ;) But I can’t really send this back, I’ve had it a couple of years now, but I also don’t want to have to get another copy to finish the Hamelman project, so I will just have to treat it with TLC and figure out how to glue it back together.

    Do you remember that story about the Zen master and his apprentice – the Zen master is always going on about how everything has an alloted time to live and a time to die, like Ecclesiastes, and one day the apprentice breaks the Zen master’s one and only vase while he is cleaning up. When the Zen master asks where the vase is, the apprentice replies “It was time for your vase to die”. We always say that when we drop something on the floor these days. Well, I don’t think my book is quite there yet, life in those pages still…..

  3. spiceandmore

    That looks like a mighty fine lunch!

    I think the state of that book is like a scar from a war wound. I imagine it gives it a bit of cookbook shelf “street” cred amongst other books. “I have been used, and well used” it might say. If you replaced it with a shiny new one, it would not be the same at all.
    I remember being rather upset the first time my husband made a mess (stains, food splashes, etc) when he used one of my cookbooks. I also treat my books with loving care. But he was unconcerned and said “It’s a cookbook, it is meant to get that way”. It made me pause and think. Now whenever I see one of those pages it makes me think of the meal he cooked and I am not upset by the less than perfect book. I see it as book ‘character’ or ‘laugh lines’.

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