Another thing I love about old cookbooks – and old books, in general – is the little clippings and slips of paper you often find among the pages.
The cookbook I brought home the other day had lots of these little papers, and I had a good time looking at them before I carefully tucked them back into the book’s pages.
There was a lovely recipe for “Oatmeal Bread.”
What do I love about this?
I love that it was written with something other than a ballpoint pen. I love that it was written on letterhead. And, I love that it’s the kind of recipe I’d be inclined to try myself – though I wonder just how much yeast is contained in a “yeast cake.”
This recipe, I will most likely not be trying.
Can you imagine being at a ladies’ luncheon and saying to the woman next to you, “Marge, I have the best recipe for head cheese. You’ve just got to try it.” And then reaching into your purse, grabbing a piece of paper, and jotting it down for her.
Times have certainly changed.
Here’s a tamer recipe for something called “Lemon Cup.”
Different letterhead this time – different handwriting too. Did the owner of the book move? Or did the recipe come to her from an out-of-state friend or relative?
At some point, the owner must have moved – or, at least turned “snow bird” – because the final snippet I found was a bookmark for a library in Coconut Grove, Florida.
Maybe the head cheese recipe came from someone the cookbook’s owner met down south. Can’t you just see two women sitting on a sunny beach, enjoying the sand and the waves, and comparing recipes for head cheese?
Hey, it could happen.
From the dining room table, thinking a trip to Coconut Grove, Florida sounds rather nice right about now,