Definition from the Oxford English Dictionary:
Noun. an obsessive desire to set fire to things.
What nonsense! Pyromania, ACTUALLY, is the obsessive desire to hunt down and buy vintage pyrex (at least in my case).
What's not to love about vintage pyrex? It looks great, lasts forever and can be used daily. To be honest, my cooking needs all the help it can get and my potato-bake looks so much more delicious when it emerges from the oven in a gorgeous pyrex dish. Unfortunately I don't come across it that often, and even when I do I only buy it if I love the pattern. Here are some favourites...
Blue peacock patterned mixing bowl - $2
Christmassy snowflake baking dish - $5
Pink leaf patterned bowl - $3
Orange casserole dish - $3
Usually the problem is finding lids to go with the dishes I buy, but if you come across a lone pyrex lid don't pass it by. I picked up this lovely grape patterned one for $1 and find it great for cooking shallow items in the oven such as fish, aubergine slices etc.
With a brand new uninspiring glass pyrex casserole costing about $45 in departments stores, why not go out and hunt down some vintage pyrex which usually costs under $5 per piece? Next time you see some, snap it up! Unless of course you see me reaching for it too, in which case, run for your life!
To see some serious pyrex collectors check out Pyrex Love.