Handwritten Recipes: A Bookseller's Collection of Curious and Wonderful Recipes Forgotten Between the Pages

Handwritten Recipes: A Bookseller's Collection of Curious and Wonderful Recipes Forgotten Between the Pages

by Michael Popek


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Leaf through your cookbooks, and you’re likely to find a bit of paper with a recipe written in a familiar (or not-so-familiar) hand. It could be a family secret finally divulged, a scribbled interpretation of something seen on TV, even a culinary experiment long since forgotten. What happens to these recipes when the books are passed on?

By day, Michael Popek works in his family’s used bookstore. By night, he’s the voyeuristic force behind the websites ForgottenBookmarks and HandwrittenRecipes, where he shares the weird, wonderful objects he has found among the stacks at his store.

Handwritten Recipes is a treasury of Michael’s most fascinating found recipes. You’ll find classic Americana like pies and casseroles alongside ethnic mainstays such as Italian cookies, springerle, and German dumplings. Some are perfectly clear and complete, while others leave crucial elements—like cooking times and ingredient measurements—to the reader’s imagination. You can venture to try any recipe, or just enjoy Popek’s findings as a time capsule from kitchens of generations gone by.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399160141
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 585,419
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Popek studied literature at Bennington College before rejoining his family’s used-book business. He lives and works in Oneonta, New York, with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and cat.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Breads and Baked Goods 1

Graham Bread

Southern Bell Bread

Brown Bread

Light Bread

Corn Muffins or Corn Bread

Cranberry Nut Bread Ring

Pineapple Date Bread

Harvest Loaf

Zucchini Bread

Maple Syrup Doughnuts

Polish Doughnuts

Peanut-Butter Cereal Muffins

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Baking Powder Biscuits

Sour Milk Biscuit

Universal Waffles

Side Dishes 37

Spring Salad

Cranberry Salad

Zucchini Salad

French Kraut

Fried Spinach

Scalloped Tomatoes

Eggs in a Basket

Granapfla (Knepfla, German Dumplings)

Lemon Rice

Rinktum Tiddy

Tomato Bisque

Macaroni Loaf

Noodle Pudding

Potato Soup

Okra Gumbo

Saccharine Pickles

Kosher Dill Pickles

Main Dishes 73

Barbecued Beef

Chef Meat Sauce

Ham 'n' Lamb Kabobs

Stuffed Peppers

Italian Pie

Meat and Cheese Loaf

Lamb Loaf

Meat Ball Mexicana

Sweet and Sour Pork

Chicken Legs

Scalloped Salmon with Noodles and Almonds

Tuna Croquettes

Chicken and Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti Sauce

Red Pepper Quiche

Pasta with Artichokes, Capers, and Tomatoes

Desserts 109

Blonde Brownies

Paul's Pumpkin Bars

Almond Christmas Balls

Cherry Walnut Bars

Cloud Nine Butterscotch Bars

Maple Sugar


Italian Cookies

Mince Meat Cookies

Molasses Popcorn Balls

Date Torte Cookies

Praline Wafers


Dutch Apple Cake

Jewish Apple Cake

Applesauce Cake

Praline Applesauce Cake

Fruit Cake

Boston Prune Cake

Butterscotch Yule Long

Chocolate Porcupine

English Plum Pudding

Orange Kiss-Me Cake

Fudge Cake

Pineapple Chiffon Cake

Simple Pound Cake

Butter Scotch Pie

Green Tomato Pie

Caramel Custard Pie

Fresh Fruit Ice Cream Pie

Prune Meringue Pie

Apricot Bavarian Cream

Rice Dainty Peach Smoothee

Coconut Dreams

Thanks 193

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Handwritten Recipes: A Bookseller's Collection of Curious and Wonderful Recipes Forgotten Between the Pages 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EstrellaG More than 1 year ago
Bought this cookbook on Nook HD..really disappointed to find the notes that were written on scraps of paper or cards were to small even to read. Buy at your own risk if you are purchasing it on Nook