Portrait of a Bookshelf
Portrait of a BookshelfDecember 14, 2011
I have a borderline pathological obsession with cookbooks. Old, new, how-to, high-brow, specialized, spiral-bound, gingham-covered, handwritten, or altogether indecipherable (metric measurements! jello molds!)–as long as the pictures are good, I'm an easy sell. Or I was, at least, until two years ago, when my husband, Will, gifted me this print by Georgia-born, New York-based artist Jane Mount for Christmas.
At the time, I had open shelves in my kitchen piled high with new and grease-stained cookbooks, and Will thought this 2-D collection might elevate my weirder-than-average stacks. They did. I've since installed Mount's Ideal Bookshelf in two additional kitchens, once hung on the wall and once simply propped up on a stretch of the least-used spines (though highly informative, neither Cooking the British Isles nor Swedish Christmas in America is my go-to for weeknight recipes).
Outside of the kitchen, Mount has created Ideal Bookshelves for all types of readers–literary scholars, arm-chair travelers, poetry lovers, biography buffs, and Hunger Games fans. And earlier this year, the Davidson grad inked a deal with Little Brown to turn her Ideal Bookshelf series into an Ideal Bookshelf book. In the meantime, you can purchase existing prints online through 20 x 200. Or visit Mount's Etsy shop to commission a custom 8 x 8 print of up to 7 of your favorite titles ($220, plus shipping).