Leaf through your cookbooks, and youre 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 familys used bookstore. By night, hes 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 Michaels most fascinating found recipes. Youll 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 elementslike cooking times and ingredient measurementsto the readers imagination. You can venture to try any recipe, or just enjoy Popeks findings as a time capsule from kitchens of generations gone by.
Michael Popek studied literature at Bennington College before rejoining his familys used-book business. He lives and works in Oneonta, New York, with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and cat.