Though I hardly ever cook, I do like cookbooks.
I sent for a copy of Polpo (see yesterday's post) and was dismayed to find Amazon had sent me a damaged copy with no cover on the spine. I sighed and resignedly printed out the returns label and parcelled it up to take to the post office, then I happened to look a the photograph on Cornflower and saw that Karen's copy didn't seem to have a spine either. It seemed too much of a coincidence and, only half joking, I asked her if this was deliberate..
Yes, it's to reflect the pared back style of the recipes and of Polpo restaurants, and it lies flat when you are using a recipe! (I have just found a little film on their website explaining this - click here.)
I'm not sure I like it. Don't you think it looks a bit odd on the bookshelf? And it may lie flat but it will also pick up all the crumbs which won't wipe off so easily....I wonder how many have already been sent back?
And if Amazon are fed up paying for return postage.
Will this be a new trend? Spineless books?