Friday Giveaway - Handwritten Recipes: A Bookseller's Collection of Curious and Wonderful Recipes Forgotten Between the Pages (contest closed)

In case you haven't heard, my second book will hit the shelves on Tuesday. I can't tell you how excited I am to see what you all think of it. It's a gorgeous book, filled with interesting recipes, great vintage cookbook cover art and some fantastic recipe testing by bloggers who know what they're doing in the kitchen.

To celebrate, I'm giving away five copies of "Handwritten Recipes." I'll keep the contest open until Monday morning to make sure everyone gets a chance to enter.

Here are some pictures to whet your appetite:

Contest now closed, winners will be announced shortly.

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The Queen

Black and white photograph, no date written but there's a stamp on the reverse that may indicate 1981.

Someone decided to caption in (in a very strange hand) -

The queen b*tch and her ???? (my best guess is 'matron') trade brains

Found in "The Edith Wharton Omnibus" published by Doubleday, 1978.

EDIT: Yes, it probably says 'braids' and not 'brains,' but I'm leaving brains up because it's funnier.

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Texas Heat

Postcard sent from Lackland AFB, San Antonio TX. Dated August 12, unsure of the year, maybe 1947, it is partially obscured.

Hi Howard

I meant to write before but I have been in the hospital for 3 days. I got out last nite and boy it seems good.

It is hot out here. Every day so far it has been over 100 degrees. How is everything at the plant?

Pvt. "Leo"

Found in "Death Rides a Sorrel Horse" by A.B. Cunningham. Published by World Publishing, 1946.

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Nature Unknown

I can't really say what this is.

It's metal, painted black. Weaved wire mesh. Somewhat flexible, but not flimsy.  About two inches square. Your guess is as good as mine.

Found in "How To Win At Nintendo" by Jeff Rovin. Published by St. Martin's Press, 1989.

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In Deed

Property deed, originally dated 1868, updated 1881.

Found in "The History of Cherry Valley" by John Sawyer, published in 1898.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Sheena, who entered here on the site. I'll email you in a moment.

Friday Giveaway: 13 Cookbooks - contest closed

I'm fairly sure you all are aware that I have a cookbook coming out in a few days. What can I say, I'm excited. To get you excited, I'm offering up these 13 cookbooks this week:

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

If you're looking for more free books, I'm giving away five copies of "Handwritten Recipes" over on Goodreads. Check it out.

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Dear Jim, 
Here is that check for the Streetkids Fund... The questions I have are:
  • Did (will?) Juan finish 8th grade - does he wish to continue to high school?
  • When will they have a summer break?

These factors will help us plan the next payments! I so hope you will get back to take this down yourself! Tell Juan and Fredy (?) we all send hellos and all sorts of good wishes. 
Take care,
PS - (name removed) is still planning on going  2001!

Found in "Surfacing" by Margaret Atwood. Published by Anchor, 1998.

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Let Me Wander In Your Garden

Something a little different today; I found this garden journal, filled with newspaper clippings and notes. There's also a nice homemade bookmark made from some fabric scraps.

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It's Ringo! If I'm not mistaken, I believe this is the photo that comes with the original "Let It Be"  White Album.

Found in "Complete Book of Bass Fishing" by Grits Gresham. Published by Outdoor Life, 1969. (what an awesome name)

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Not A Fan Of Camelot


King Arthur is not for me.
(pages 62-67)

Found in "Body Language" by Julius Fast. Published by Pocket Books, 1974.

For what it's worth, I read pages 62-67 of this book, and don't really see any relation to King Arthur.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Shelver 506, who entered right here. Will send you an email shortly.

Friday Giveaway - Let's Get Eloquent - contest closed

This week's giveaway includes 11 volumes from the set "Modern Eloquence." Published in 1903, it contains hundreds of essays, speeches, ramblings, monologues, and various other forms of language wrestling. Each volume has a few full-page illustrations of some of the authors included. This is the "Edition De Luxe" with gilt top edge and deckled outer edge.

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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The reverse side is dated January 15, 1938. Written in pencil is "Doris Jean Hoyt - Bainbridge NY."

Found in "The New American Cookbook" edited by Lily Haxworth Wallace. Published by Books, Inc., 1941.

Bainbridge is just down the highway from me, and I've already started searching around the internet for clues about Doris. I'm guessing she is 3-6 years old in the photo, so she was likely born around 1932-5 or so. I hope to find Doris or a member of her family so I can return the photo.

I will keep you updated - if you have any leads, let me know.


1. Looks like Doris was married in 1957 to Anthony H. Salerno. Doris' parents were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hoyt of Bainbridge.

2. It appears Doris was a little older in that photo, it's looking like she was born around 1926 or so.

3. Doris and Anthony now live in New Jersey (I'm fairly sure). I have a phone number, will give it a go.

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Not Forgotten - Part IV

Here are parts one, two and three of this ongoing series where I feature some of the items I find that aren't quite good enough for their own post.

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One page from an old photo album. The photos are very small, about two inches by one inch.

If you look at the full-size version of the image above, the first photo (the boy posing the the dog), you can see a sign in the background. You can barely make out "In person..." "Pet... "Our Ga" - which I'm pretty sure is Pete the Pup or Petey from Our Gang.

Found in "The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1909.

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A handwritten essay on Abraham Lincoln, no date. Also found in the book was a clipping of a portrait of Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809. Lincoln fough as a volunteer captain in the Black Hawk Indian War, in 1832. His first government job was when he was appointed postmaster at New Salem, Illinois in 1833. (He was elected severa times to the Legislature, Congress, and served one tern as Representative), 
The Lincoln-Douglass debates occurred when both were running for the United States Senate. Stephen A. Douglass won the Senate fight, but later he lost to Lincoln in the race for the presidency.  Before he was elected President he was one of the best known lawyers in Illinois. They called him "Honest Abe" in Springfield, Illinois, because he was always fair in his dealings with others. There is every evidence that he was honest with himself, too, since he worked and saved to better himself, and overcame the handicaps of a poverty-stricken youth.

Found in "The Leading Facts of American History" by D.H. Montgomery. Published by the Chautauqua Press, 1891

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Jessica Marsh Murray, who entered on Facebook.

Giveaway: Pile O' Kid's Books - contest closed

Giving away these 21 children's books; some old, some new. Had these up for sale over on bookperdiem but they didn't sell - my loss is your gain.

Giveaway has ended, winner announced shortly.

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Good Work And A Satisfactory Price - plus giveaway winner

Trade card advertising the repair and recovering of umbrellas and parasols.

Found in "Plato's Apology and Crito" edited by W.S. Tyler. Published by the American Book Company, 1897.

Thanks for all the kind words and good luck wishes regarding the new book - the winner of the Lowney's Cook Book was Grace, who entered right here on the site. I'll be sending you an email in a moment.

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Building The Hype

I got an email yesterday informing me that the author copies of "Handwritten Recipes: A Bookseller's Collection of Curious and Wonderful Recipes Forgotten Between the Pages" were on the way.

Naturally, I was pretty excited. Check out this terrific cover art:

I think it perfectly captures the book's spirit. I hope you enjoy it, it comes out on October 2nd.

So, to get you all talking about the new book, I thought I'd give away an old one:

This is "Lowney's Cook Book" prepared by Maria Willett Howard and published by the Lowney Company in 1912. It's filled with some great vintage recipes as well as some terrific color illustrations (hm, sounds like some other book we were just talking about).

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below. You can also enter over on Facebook, on twitter or via email. If you have any questions about Handwritten Recipes, go ahead and ask!

I'll gather up the entries and announce the winner in tomorrow's Forgotten Bookmarks post.

Good luck!

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Lacking Space And Direction

Photograph and the last page of a letter:

I'd like to have a studio to continue doing the type of work I'm doing here when we move to New York. I think I'll be able to sell myself so I can some freelance consulting to make a little money to live on and support my studio. And, of course, I'd like to teach a little bit. 
Allannah's been tutering college and high school students in math and we've been talking a lot about what helps people to learn. These discussions have got me thinking about how I taught the color class at Pratt and the many changes I'd have to make from the last time to better help the students understand and use color. I'm looking forward to really organizing my thoughts about color and trying to convey my ideas to students again. 
Allannah's having a lot of trouble at the school here. The place is right on the edge of disaster. 'Way underfunded, lacking space and direction, and it obviously has a morale problem amoung the faculty. She wants to achieve a lot and is very demanding about that, but the teachers do not seem to want their students to set their sights too high. This seems to be part of the overall attitude here in Maine and Allannah has not only to study her tail off, but also has to fight that attitude constantly. If we would have thought about the school at all before she started there, we would have gotten out of here and made sure she went to a good school. But since she has less than two semesters to go she's got to stick it out. 
I hope you both are feeling well and are having a good year with your classes at Pratt. 
I'd like you to keep the photographs if you want them and/or can use them for anything. If you don't want to keep them forever, you can send them back to me or give them to me the next time I see you (which I hope will be soon).
Sincerely yours,
PS Allannah says hello to you both

Found in "From Abacus to Zeus" by James Smith Pierce. Published by Prentice-Hall, 1977.

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Just A Friend

Card, front reads "From A Friend."

If you've
a corner in your heart,
One little corner, unemployed.
Pray, darling
pray set it apart
And let me in
to fill
the void
Small photograph has been glued on the reverse side.

Found in "Their Yesterdays" by Harold Bell Wright. Published by A.L. Burt, 1912.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Angela Brodie, who entered over on Facebook.