We’re celebrating the upcoming release of my third Food Lovers’ Village mystery, BUTTER OFF DEAD (July 7—save the suspense and pre-order it now!), with a glimpse of some of your favorite authors’ prized collections.
“I don’t think of myself as a collector, so imagine my surprise when I realized I have several small collections. How fun is that? Here are pictures of three of them.
The first is an inadvertent collection of odd and old cookbooks, including a government pamphlet called How to Cook Clams. People keep giving me things like that. The picture of this collection could be called “Cookbooks with Incipient Cat” (notice the advancing paw in the lower left corner).
The second collection can be called “Kitchen Flora and Fauna.” Here we have a fox and hedgehog salt and pepper, a cat creamer, a monkey peeler, a squid baster/brush, and a banana pot handle – all attractive and useful.
The third picture shows the only collection I set out to make and it’s either funny or off-putting, depending on your reservoir of sophomoric humor. When I was a student in Scotland, back in the mid-70s, I collected pieces of toilet paper from famous places – partly because it was a cheap souvenir, partly because the toilet paper was interesting, and by interesting I mean strange. It was exactly like the tissue paper we wrap presents in and some of it came printed with helpful information like “Government Property” or “Medicated.” As you can see, I labeled the pieces. One of them is from the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, the place where Sir Walter Scott revealed he’d written the Waverly novels – so this is, in part, a literary collection. I thought I had more pieces of loo paper, but now I seem to remember sending some of them home to my parents and I suspect they were “lost.” The moral of that story is that one person’s collection raises another person’s eyebrows and ends up in the bin.”
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