Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bosnian Cook

For Osmi Mart, my family gave me a gorgeous Bosnian cookbook, translated into English. It's Bosnian Cook by Lamija Hadziosmanovic. It is full of photos, and so far we've liked everything we've made from it. Eleanor and Isaac have proposed that we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner exclusively from its recipes until we leave Sarajevo.

When I started to put the book away, I said, "Oh! They printed the spine backwards."

"No," David told me. "That's the way they do it here. You just turn your head the opposite way when you look at the bookshelf."

So I got out all the books we've bought by Bosnian publishers. Sure enough, their spines are all printed bottom to top instead of top to bottom.


Laura@livingabigstory said...

That is so interesting -- did you find out why?

Annette said...

It's just the European convention. I suppose it's just as valid to ask why Americans do it the other way around.