Weekend Cooking: Handwritten Recipes: A Bookseller’s Collection of Curious and Wonderful Recipes Forgotten Between the Pages by Michael Popek



I picked up Handwritten Recipes: A Bookseller’s Collection of Curious and Wonderful Recipes Forgotten Between the Pages when I was at the library the other day, tempted by the description, and thinking it would make a good choice for my regular Weekend Cooking post.

Michael Popek works in his family’s used bookstore, and these handwritten recipes have been found within the pages of books

I tend to use anything close by to mark my page in a book if needed, generally a used envelope (usually with a shopping list or menu plan scribbled on it), catalogue pages, my reading glasses, or even my phone, even though I own (at least) a dozen bookmarks, I rarely seem to have one to hand.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written down a recipe. I’m more likely to type it into my phone’s Notes app or directly into my recipe app – I use Pepperplate.

Honestly, the book was a bit disappointing. There was little in the way of personalisation of the handwritten recipes, I was expecting more context I think, though an image of the cover of the book in which the recipe was found is included. Most of the recipes were probably copied from the book they were found in, since many were cookbooks.

The recipes are fairly ordinary, ranging from breads and cakes, through to main meals and side dishes. It does include a recipe for a Zucchini Bread which is very similar to what I’m planning to make later today, with the addition of choc bits (I ran out of time to make it before this post -recipe here from Sally’s Baking Addiction).



If you want to know what to expect in this book you’ll find plenty of like examples on the website HandwrittenRecipes.com, which Popek continues to keep up to date. I probably wouldn’t recommend you buy the book unless you have a particular interest, add the blog to your feed instead.

Michael Popek has also published Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller’s Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages, and If you are the curious sort, you can follow the blog at ForgottenBookmarks.com.


Have you ever left a recipe in a book? What do you most often use as a bookmark?


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth F
    Sep 15, 2019 @ 19:54:32

    Bummer. I had high hopes for this book. I think I’ll just browse the website instead of getting the book. I’m so glad I didn’t order it right away after learning about the book from you the other day. I have a Pepperplate account, but I always forget to use it.

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  2. the bookworm
    Sep 15, 2019 @ 22:18:35

    That’s too bad this disappointed. I’ve never left a recipe in a book and I tend to have my fav recipes saved on my phone. I have used anything that works as a bookmark lol. A photo, a paperclip, a bobby pin….whatever works.
    Enjoy your week!

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  3. Tina
    Sep 15, 2019 @ 22:33:29

    That’s what I love about the blogging community, a perspective on a book I might buy. I will also browse the website like BFR mentioned.
    My bookmark is a favored old leather one I bought in a second hand shop in Cheddar Gorge England. It always reminds me of a great vacation.

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  4. Trin Carl
    Sep 15, 2019 @ 22:46:40

    I’m horrible with book marks. I tend to dog ear all my books. I usually lose my place while reading, I wonder why. I love overdrive app though. It has that bookmark feature.



  5. Mae
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 00:51:40

    Too bad they aren’t good recipes. I have a whole envelope of my mother’s hand written recipes that she would get from her friends.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  7. Nan
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 03:24:53

    I’m going to look into this and the bookmarks book. Such interesting ideas.

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  8. Tanya Atkinson
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 04:12:50

    Too bad this one disappointed. Seems like if there is a focus on handwritten recipes they would take the extra step to provide some back story or context.

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  9. Claudia Riley
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 04:17:32

    Well it was sort of an interesting concept anyway. Too bad it didn’t pan out:) I like to read reviews before even checking a book from the library, and still a lot of my stack goes right back unfinished.

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  10. Gluten Free A-Z
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 03:17:43

    I am certainly intrigued by the title but I would have thought there would have been background on the recipe- I’ll give the website a look – thanks for the reveiw

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