With thanks to Felicity Jones for the words and Christian Doyle for the pictures
Two of Arundel’s loveliest people – Rita Godfrey of Refried Books and Sarah Meadham of The Book Ferret – put their creative heads together to come up with Monday evening’s gathering for self-confessed cookery book addicts. It turns out there are quite a lot of us!
As everyone arrived, they emptied bags to add to a teetering pile of cookery books to swap. There was lots of excited rummaging and recognition of old and new favourites. The Book Ferret was also offering a discount on new cookbooks, so we all went home clutching new treasures.
The shop was decorated with cards pegged to ribbons, on which people had shared their all-time favourite recipes. A lovely idea and there was lots of scribbling down and I-phone photography amidst purrs of anticipated delights.
Finally, Rita took us on a virtuoso tour of the history of Cookery Books from Roman times to the modern day, showcasing her fabulous antiquarian book collections and reminding us of how much this tells us of social and especially women’s history at different times. I’m not sure how Rita manages to part with any of her books!
All proceeds from the evening went to Compassion in World Farming, which does such important work to ensure that nobody forgets the animals at the start of many a food chain and our responsibility to them.
Opening times for The Book Ferret can be found on the website: The Book Ferret
Rita Godfrey blogs at Refried Books