A few posts ago I was letting you know about my book holder find from a thrift store and how I restored the wood. Here it is updated with some of the old cookbooks I have found over the years. One of my favorite places to find old cookbooks is the fall library sale they have here. People donate books to the library that you can purchase and the money goes back to support our local library. I have found several cookbooks that make a colorful display and give you a glimpse into the past.
As I flip through the pages it is fun to see what people have hand written by recipes. They update what they did or what they should do next time adding their recommendations to make it better. It makes me smile when I see the handwriting from my mother or my grandmother’s generation it really is different from today’s penmanship. If you are looking though a family cookbook you might find a treasure - I found a letter to my mother from her father in one of them which she had forgotten about and it brought back lots of memories for her.
The recipes might not fit into today’s health conscious life styles with lard, butter and more butter, but they tend to have fewer ingredients that you commonly find in your pantry and best of all are made from scratch.