Join me on my delicious journey revisiting American home cooking in the era before convenience foods became popular (1919 to 1955), as I bake and cook from old cookbooks and recipe cards of home cooks purchased at estate sales in Akron, Ohio, and other exotic locations.
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Friday, February 1, 2013
Do You Write in Your Cookbooks?
On Wednesday, The New York Times published a fabulous story about the value of hand-written notes in the margins of cook books. In case you missed it, you can read it here.
I take this one step further, collecting hand-written recipes, whether they be written in composition notebooks, above, or on cards, at bottom. And some of the hand-written recipes I collect even have "margin notes," as this one for sausage cake which has a big X through it and the notation: no like.
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Oh yes -- I write in my cookbooks and I love your blog!ReplyDelete
Making notes is how I keep track of what I like about a recipe, what I might do differently next time, if there's going to be a next time. I make notes in the margins of my cookbooks, scrawl all over my own handwritten recipes and type in notes on my electronic recipes. "Document, document, document" as they say.ReplyDelete
I liked that NYT article! And I too write in cookbooks and like to see what other people have written. It's only natural. A recipe is always going to be more than half a cup of this and a pinch of that; recipes mean food, which ultimately means family and friends, which ultimately means memories greater than the sum of the recipe's parts.ReplyDelete
I write in them all the time and date my notes to. SInce I'm often changing the recipe it helps me remember what I did, or if the original recipe was worth making again.ReplyDelete
I write in my cookbooks all the time. I do all the stuff that Mrs. Ed does. That way I'll know if it sucked or not! :)ReplyDelete