I was hoping to find an interesting recipe that had perhaps been forgotten about or a take on something I make regularly. What I found instead was a myriad of lists, scribbles, notes, pieces of paper, recipe cards and more. The picture below is the inside front cover which is plastered in words and phrases, for example, 'Russian Fill Pie' or 'Grilled Kidneys' amongst others. On closer inspection some of the words refer to a page number but some of them seem like a moment of inspiration. On the hunt for more information about the previous owner I started thumbing through the book and found some more trinkets. One piece of paper seems to be a continuation of the front cover; on another page is a recipe from a magazine or an old style shopping list.
There are a few bits which I suppose were used as bookmarks, certainly they were found on the more stained pages, and a card from a hotel I can assume they visited.
This is why I love old books, there's so much more of a story behind them. The notes on the recipes from the previous owner show their personal take and taste on a dish and in this case a little bit of history about them too. There is no date of publishing in this book or any other date on anything I found.
The above picture is a sound piece of advice if ever I've been given one. After searching through the book I found the name of the owner: Sandra. What a mystery; who was she, where did she live, how come I've ended up with her old book? From the amount of marks, notes and stains on the pages she clearly experimented and varied her diet and was honest about things that didn't work. I sort of feel like I've got two books in one.