I was given The Glasgow Cookery Book a few months ago; I’m a sucker for an old and worn book and everyone knows it. I put it to one side to have a look at later and forgot about it until more recently. An old book that smells like it should deserves a proper going over and a nice cup of tea. I sat down to enjoy a flick through the aged pages and got a lot more than I bargained for.
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.