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?