I’ve got a long way to go…

…to build a cookbook collection the size of the Fales Library, the cookbook library housed within the New York University Library. It contains more than 50,000 books about food and cooking, including a donation of 21,000 books in February from a couple who were the longtime owners of an Upper West Side restaurant.

No, I did not accidentally add some extra zeros in there. The library’s collection started about 10 years ago when they bought a private collection of 10,000 books (including an autographed first edition of “The Joy of Cooking”) for a cool $115,000. An anonymous donor paid for some of it. Yeah, where do I get one of those?

I need to count how many volumes I have. Maybe this summer. Maybe I’ll do an actual inventory!