Sometimes I enjoy watching Antiques Roadshow to imagine what treasures might be lurking in my own home. LOL. Recently a participant brought a smallish notebook that she said was her grandfather’s cookbook. He had worked as a chef in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France in the last century, and his cookbook contained his collection of classic French recipes that he enjoyed creating as well as eating.
The Antiques Roadshow participant opened the little cookbook, hardly more than the size of a small 3” x 5” recipe card, and revealed the handwritten pages to those of us paying attention. Its pages were obviously well-used, and contained about 100 entries printed in a neatly-spaced handwriting captured in the still strongly-visible ink of a fountain pen. Some recipes even had sketches showing how the recipe should be properly garnished or plated.Continue reading