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Sinister Fudge, Ecstatic Pickles

November 9, 2012 | by

Handwritten Recipes is a wonderful blog devoted to recipes discovered between the pages of unrelated books. Now, blogger Michael Popek has collected his finds in a book that manages to combine social history, literary history, and, yes, recipes. Each image is a story: Did the quotidian demands of dinner intrude on Catch-22, or was the reader’s mind wandering? Did a neighbor drop by with a recipe? Was it solicited, or forced on the cook and consigned to bookmark status? The world may never know, but it’s fun to speculate. Below, just a few favorites.




  1. Hännah | November 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Ohh, that’s my great-grandmother’s pie crust recipe.

  2. Julie Buckles | November 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Is that my copy of “Bend Sinister?” Not my fudge recipe though. Great idea.

  3. Lauren Smith | November 14, 2012 at 12:44 am

    What a beautiful idea for a book! Not only are the recipes amazing, but the history behind them is important. I rescued several hand written recipes of my grandmother’s out of a dumpster when my family thought they were worthless. They are my treasures. I collect recipe books, mostly because I need the help! I did not get grandma’s cooking gene. My favorite cookbook is called,” “Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence” by author Holly Clegg. This a how to book on cooking, which includes tools, tips and recipes for anyone who wants to learn how to improve their cooking.

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