The best cookbooks get used a lot and they show it with scuffed pages, stains, bookmarks, and endless notations.
This grandma received her cookbook as a present in 1934 and noted the page numbers of the good recipes. I like the opening sentence. “This book on cookery is not designed to be of the NOVELTY Recipe Type.” I wonder what novelty recipes are. Image: litlnemo
Duct tape on the binding is a sure sign that a cookbook is well used. The Harrowsmith Cookbook. Image: clocker
Another sign of use is the stained cover splattered with cooking ingredients from the recipes within. Image: giveawayboy
Sometimes we bookmark recipes because of the alluring titles or the mouth watering pictures and hope one day to cook them. Image: Another Pint Please
But a grandmother’s cookbook isn’t just recipes, its a reminder of events and time spent together eating family favorites. Image: gomattolson