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Mar 6, 2008 06:00 AM

Water damage to cookbooks?

*sob* I shoved my water bottle, along with my two Dunlop cookbooks, into my bag before heading off to work this morning, and it LEAKED everywhere, including, of course, all over the cookbooks. The covers are fine (covered in plastic) but the pages are definitely soaked. Is there anything I can do for damage control? I've heard something about freezing water damaged books? Anyone tried this or anything else?


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  1. Oh, I am so sorry. I did a quick look and read that it's important to freeze the books asap, before they have a chance to warp. The site linked below says that freezing is especially important for books with photos. Is there a freezer at work?

    Good luck!

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    1. re: fern

      Thank you, fern. I've been googling, too. Found this one. So much conflicting info out there. The books are in the freezer right now, though, I think I'm going to start air-drying them as the freezer is just a way of stopping the damage if all you're using a home freezer (I think that's what they're saying anyway.) SO BUMMED!


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        I've dropped cook- and other books into the bathtub from time to time - let them dry out naturally (leaf through the pages occasionally to keep them as separate as possible) - once dry, put them under a BIG stack of other books to press the pages flat. They will never be the same, but all is not lost!

        1. re: buttertart

          Ah, someone else who likes to read in the tub. I've had them fanned out, standing on end, in front of a fan all morning. The pages are pretty dry now, but very warped. I guess pressing them flat is the next step...Thank you!


    2. I left my Silver Palate outside on a chaise chair last year, the next day I went out to find soaked book. As it dried, boy did it swell up. But I did as someone suggested, I put it tightly on the shelf squished with other books, and the pressure eventually did make the book better. Its not perfect,but it is not three times the size anymore. The glue did not degrade either (which was my main concern) so try that.

      1. i have layered paper towels in between pages. and let them fluff a little. then put flat after thoroughly dry under other heavy books.