Friday, June 26, 2009

A Glimpse of The Past

While out antiquing the other day, I saw a book standing on it's side. The black and cream check caught my eye. I love vintage books and look for special gardening and cook books while out shopping. Because of the black and cream check - it fits in with my Country French color scheme.



I picked the book up and turned to the inside page to see the price. Instead, I found some wonderful hand written recipes inside the front and back cover. You really need to click on the pictures to see how wonderful this cook book really is.


Besides the wonderful hand written recipes on the inside flaps, there were card board cut outs from food boxes long ago. This book was published in 1929. It was given free to subscribers of Good Housekeeping Magazine,.






As I flipped through the pages, I found several typed recipes stuck inside.


Even back in 1929, this cook book owner was trying to make wine!






I can't imagine why this wonderful heirloom left the family. I am going to cherish this wonderful piece of history and treat it with the honor it deserves. I have a couple of family cookbooks that I cherish and hope to pass on to my sons.
Do you have family cookbooks?
Welcome Home,
Penny

33 comments:

  1. What a delightful treasure to find, Penny!
    Brenda

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  2. That is a wonderful treasure! I'm glad it's in your very capable hands now! :)

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  3. Oh Penny, What a great find!!! That belonged to someone's mother, grandmother, daughter...etc...I can't imagine why anyone would get rid of such a treasure!!! I am glad you are the one that found it!!! Nancy

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  4. What a lovely find! Whenever I see things like this or old wedding portraits or beautiful handmade linens, I always wonder why no one in the family wanted to keep them. I'm glad you have found this treasure and will cherish it the way it needs to be cherished!

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  5. Hi Penny,
    What a treasure! My grandmother started a book of recipes when she was in still in school and her cookbook was passed on to me by my aunt. It was well used and is in very poor condition, but it is priceless to me! I may blog about it one of these days.
    Thanks for sharing yours and have a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  6. What an amazing find! You were certainly lucky that day Penny! ☺ Diane

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  7. How wonderful to find this..wonder why it was being sold? I so wonder about things like that.....
    xo bj

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  8. What a wonderful treasure! I do have several family cookbooks in my collection. My favorite is a blue cloth covered Watkins Cookbook. It is one of my most prized things. Thanks for sharing.

    Charla

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  9. What a great find. I like you can not imagine how that ended up in a shop and how someone would not have wanted that. I just shake my head at the computer screen sometimes....I would have kept that for sure.

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  10. Is the name of the original owner and cook in the book? Would it be possible to contact anyone in the family? There is so much history and so many stories in a well used and well loved cook book. Think of all the dinners and desserts shared over the years, prepared using recipes within those very book covers....

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  11. That is just the neatest cookbook Penny! You really found a treasure! I think our family cookbook begins with Earl and I. My grandmother was the best cook, but she did it all with the recipes in her head, I don't even remember her having a cookbook! I have a Betty Crocker cookbook that I have replaced once already because the first one was falling apart. I have also purchased binders for my girls and have begun to transfer their favorite childhood recipes so that when they have homes of their own they will have their favorites at their fingertips. On top of that, I have a small blank cookbook that I found at a church sale that we handwrite all our favorites gleaned from many sources into. We have shelves of cookbooks!

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  12. What a treasure. A cookbook like that brings back family memories as much as a photo album. At least it does in my family where food is an expression of love. I also love the penmanship from the old days. That's something left behind in this electronic age. So glad you found it.
    Dawn

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  13. I'm so GLAD that you bought it and took this treasure home! I don't understand people getting rid of history unless there's no family left to pass it too...lovely and loved this post, Penny!
    hugs
    Sandi

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  14. What a wonderful book, I love the cream and black together..

    enjoy,
    Louise

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  15. I've been away from blogging for a bit so this is my first visit to your home blog :)

    ...off to look around...

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  16. This is sort of sad. It makes me wonder if any of the relatives of this cookbook's owner ever wishes they had the recipes for the yummy mac and cheese, scotch oatmeal cookies or strawberry preserves etc. she used to make.

    I don't think a lot of young people really appreciate family heirlooms like this until they are much older and become the oldest living generation of their family. I know I didn't. My grandparents are gone. My parents are gone. All of my aunts and uncles, except one, are gone. Now that I am the oldest generation in my family, I have become more sentimental and nostaligic, and I wish I had kept more family momentos.

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  17. That is a real treasure. I can't imagine people not holding on to such a family treasure. I am glad that it is now in the hands of someone who will treasure it. I don't have family cookbooks, but I do have family recipes that are stuffed "here and there" in my house. In answer to your question yesterday, I do live in Savannah and sometimes vacation in Saluda NC. Surely at some point on either your trip to Savannah or my trip to NC....we will have the opportunity of meeting. I LOVE your mosaics!! BEAUTIFUL!

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  18. Penny,
    I wish I had been with you the day you found this cookbook. We might have faught over it. But it is in the best of hands. You appreciate the role of food in our lives as much as I do.

    Hugs dear friend,
    Penny

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  19. this book has found itself a loving new home!

    xo

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  20. Hi Penny...what a wonderful find..I love old handwritten cookbooks..my mother had many and I always wonder what became of them when she passed away...I'm sure they just got thrown in the trash which is a real shame....Hope your weekend is going well....Sue.

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  21. That is so cool! While I was reading your post I was wondering the same thing would gave this away!? lol. Lucky you to find it!

    All the best,
    Allison

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  22. This is definitely a treasure - I would love a cookbook like this! I hope you show any recipes that you make! :-) I just have one old cookbook right now - I believe it's from the 1940's and its middle eastern cooking ( a gift from my Lebanese aunt.) I love it!

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  23. Oh Penny...what a wonderful book to have found! Such a history behind it...and to find handwriting in it. I found a bible like that recently and I love it. A RED one no less. I never did post it as it had not occurred to me to post my finds at that time.
    So...:) how is my lamp coming...I am walking on tippy toes here...and am so thrilled that I finally have one coming that I can hardly stand it!!
    Huge hug to you, Penny. :)
    Mona

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  24. Penny, what a WONDERFUL find! Who would have guessed the handwritten recipes mean more than the book it self! A tresure!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  25. What a fabulous find. The handwriting reminds me a lot of my grandmother's - the notes look just like what she used to make. Her recipes are wonderful.

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  26. What a treasure you found! The cover alone would make me look at it but to have some handwritten recipes is just the icing on the cake! What a fabulous find!

    Manuela

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  27. Penny,

    You lucky girl! I think it's so much fun to find old cookbooks and if they have notes inside, all the better.

    Gretchen

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  28. Between the black & cream check and the recipes, you are one lucky lady! It's a great find.
    I have a couple of cookbooks that were my Mom's but I don't think she used them much :) I just have them because they were hers.
    For 20+ years I'd been keeping scraps of recipes in an old hatbox but last fall I organized all of them and put them in plastic sleeves inside a 3-ring binder. My daughter promptly asked me if she could inherit it when I die!

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  29. It's always a delight when a treasure finds a new and loving home. :D

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  30. What a sweet treasure! It surely does have a good home now where it will be appreciated!
    My mom still has hers and my grandmother's that we all still use. hey are worn and stained and filled with hand written notes...all the more endearing and special!

    Love,
    Sue

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  31. Hi Penny!! I'm catching up here a little bit, finally!

    I love that this sweet book ended up with someone who will cherish it. Your story makes me realize how much I need to preserve my recipes for my family. I don't have a family cookbook, maybe because my Mom doesn't cook! They probably existed but went to someone else. I still remember a couple of my Grandmother's recipes though, and make them for special occasions.

    I can't decide which of your book's recipes to try first -- the pickles, or the wine!!

    Have a wonderful July 4th --

    xo, Andrea

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  32. You really hit the jackpot Penny! You know me, I love the cover!
    Hugs,
    Cathie

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  33. How darling! I love black check too! Just darling...and old recipes are so much fun to read.

    Blessings,
    Spencer

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