SALEM — At about two dozen volumes, Michelle Tolini Finamore’s collection of cookbooks may not at first appear remarkable. However, with recipes written by fashion icons such as Christian Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo, Karl Lagerfeld, and others who loved the table as much as they did their trade, it is one of the most complete collections of fashion-themed cookbooks in the world.
“I’m always looking for more,” Finamore says of books that currently range from “Fashions in Foods in Beverly Hills” (1931) to a recent compilation of recipes published by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. “There’s a dealer in New York who contacts me when she gets something. But it’s very, very rare.”