We begin where many a good thing starts, at the library.
This is the first floor reading room of the main Oakland branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Martie is sitting on an open copy of Lost to the West by Lars Brownworth. Underneath that is The Great Big Book of Horrible Things. History is seriously badass, y'all.
The bookcases behind her contain newer cookbooks. If you've seen my #cookingwillkillyou tags on Twitter, you'll realize that that's one area of knowledge that I have *z*e*r*o* interest in. Lots of people love cookbooks, though, so they get a nice display. How nice for them. ;P