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Handwritten Recipes: A Bookseller's Collection of Curious and Wonderful Recipes Forgotten Between the Pages Hardcover – October 2, 2012

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"A fascinating, entertaining scrapbook of treasures discovered from within the pages of used books."  — Shelf Awareness on FORGOTTEN BOOKMARKS

"This fascinating book offers intimate glimpses into other people’s lives, from the kitschy and the kooky to the achingly poignant. " — The Tucson Citizen on FORGOTTEN BOOKMARKS

"...a treasure for the bibliophile..." — The Albany Times Union on FORGOTTEN BOOKMARKS

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399160140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399160141
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Popek is the 33 year-old manager of a family-run used and rare bookstore in Oneonta, N.Y. He has been in the book business since junior high school, when his father bought a vanload of used books at an auction and decided to see if there was any money to be made off them. Since then, his family has built a successful used-book business that combines a brick-and-mortar location with an online presence that ships books all over the world. As manager of the bookstore, Popek buys books from libraries, estates and individuals on a regular basis. His first Forgotten Bookmark, which he posted in June 2007, was a handwritten note found in a paperback copy of "The Blind Assasin" by Margaret Atwood. Since that post, more than 700 items have been featured on the website.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By evaB on February 22, 2013
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Is there anything better than something "found" in between the pages of a book? This is a collection of serendipitous recipes from cooks you will never know. So in a way this anthology is the antithesis of a "reality show" that is more real than a Nigella. How can you resist a noodle pudding that is culled from the interleaf of Barbara Cartland's Wild Unwilling Wife (page 65). Or Blonde Brownies from Motherless Brooklyn? Read the book. Bake the bread. Be your own star knowing that anonymous, faceless, not Facebook others, have recorded their savouring and it is your fortune to be tempted by them through this delightful book.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I Do the Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 16, 2012
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Through the years, a used-book seller kept track of the recipes that he found tucked away in the books that came through his shop. He also kept track of the books in which he found them. He put it all together in a book: Interesting idea; cute idea; but to what end?

Yes, it was interesting to turn the pages and see a picture of the recipe, whether on a card, or envelope, or scrap of paper; and to see next to it a picture of the book in which it was found. But the "interest" ends there: The author did not reminisce on the people who brought the books in, nor did he search out, then tell us, the story behind the recipe and how it came to be in the book. (Sometimes he contacted a blogger to gain some info on the recipe's ingredients.) Plus, the recipes are nothing special. I can count on one hand the recipes I found that interested me enough to try. Yes, I suppose one could call a few of them "curious". Calling the recipes "wonderful" is quite a stretch.

I bought this book because I collect old recipes--I search for them at estate sales and have had a lot of fun in the process. This book has been a disappointment for me; I had hoped for more. I suggest you try to get a hold of a copy through your local library before making a purchase. I actually regret that I bought this one, and I give it 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3.

If you are in search of some worthwhile heirloom recipes, (that have been updated for today's available ingredients) check out this cookbook:
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mommala on December 23, 2012
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I love old recipes and this book Handwritten Recipes gives you several good recipes that anyone can try. Sounds delicious.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 4, 2012
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HANDWRITTEN RECIPES is a book of serendipitous discoveries, not a cookbook or recipe book--it is a fun collection of recipes found tucked into used books. I purchased it because handwritten recipes are always recipes that someone has asked a friend or relative for. They are recipes for dishes that have been taste-tested and enjoyed at someone's home, or family recipes written down for the newest cook in the latest generation.

In this collection, there are photos of the original handwritten recipes, along with the covers of the books they were found in. The handwriting reminds me of the handwriting on the recipes in my mother's kitchen "recipe drawer". And the book covers often raise questions. Why is a simple recipe for "scalloped tomatoes" tucked into MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING? What is "fudge cake" doing in a copy of Jude Deveraux's LOST LADY? How did "Jewish apple cake" end up in William Howard Taft's JAPAN AND THE FAR EAST CONFERENCE?

For many of the recipes, you need to know something about cooking to prepare them, because the directions (and possibly the ingredients lists) are incomplete. The recipes are divided into breads, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts. Some recipes are so ordinary that you hardly need a recipe, but there are also some real gems.

I definitely want to try the "pineapple date bread" (a quick bread with canned crushed pineapple, chopped walnuts and dates, oven-baked for 55 minutes), and maybe the "macaroni loaf" (cooked elbow macaroni and chopped cabbage in lemon gelatin, seasoned with prepared mustard, vinegar, mayonnaise, and pimiento). Well, maybe NOT the macaroni loaf--I kind of remember that one (a "molded salad") from my own family Thanksgivings!

I can't help wondering about the people who left the recipes in the books--did they ever hunt for the lost recipes? Thanks to the bookseller/blogger who has gathered them up and published them, the recipes are no longer lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. A. McKinnon on April 10, 2013
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I don't cook but I enjoy reading cook books. This was a good read, one that I could recommend to both cooks and non-cooks.
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Some reviewers have expressed disappointment in this little book, but I'm glad I decided to buy it in spite of the negative comments. If you've ever smiled with delight when you found a handwritten recipe or clipping tucked away in a used book -- and speculated about how it came to be saved and then lost -- you'll enjoy this collection in exactly the same way. No lofty aims here, no major lost recipes rediscovered, just a sort of gentle, "Oh, look here at what I found between the pages." In most cases there's a picture of the original clipping and of the book in which it was found along with the transcription. For recipes with missing or unreadable pieces, Popek found someone to try out the dish and report on the results. If your curiosity is intrigued by the very IDEA of this odd little book, you'll be pleased that you gave in and ordered it.
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