When I got married, my new sister-in-law gifted me with a collection of all the family’s recipes. While the collection was presented in a plain, inexpensive plastic binder I recognized the act of love, not only because she wrote each recipe by hand when she could have typed them, but also because she was putting faith in my cooking skills, which are famously non-existent.
Gifting a handwritten book of recipes is a family tradition for many. My mom got one from my grandma, who in turn got hers from my great-grandmother. Lifestyle and cooking have changed (my grandma used to make a dessert that called for two hours of gentle simmering), yet a handwritten cookbook is a gift that stands the test of time and connects us to past generations, evoking fond memories and cherished experiences. In a way, it archives our past.
In a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Hugh Jackman showed off the handwritten recipe book his mother made for him, featuring all the recipes he grew up with. But as his mother doesn’t usually follow a recipe, she first had to cook every dish so she could measure and record the ingredients. We were so moved to see the interview, not only because the book in question was a Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes Paperblanks (we’re not going to lie – we were very excited it was a Paperblanks journal, as that’s the closest we’ll ever be to Hugh), but because of the way Jackman treasures that book. “It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever gotten,” he enthused.
In today’s digital era and amidst an overconsumption culture, handwritten notes and family heirlooms are a rare commodity and more precious than ever. One of the reasons people collect memorable items is because they want to learn about their family history and help create a legacy. Family heirlooms can provide us with a sense of continuity. And when the family culinary secrets are written in an heirloom-quality notebook, that makes the gift even more special.
Have you used a Paperblanks notebook to store your family’s recipes? Let us know in the comments! We love to hear how Paperblanks notebooks are used.