Can you help me locate this cookery diary’s owner?

I spend my time surrounded by books.

Freebird Records, also known as the Secret Book & Record Shop on Wicklow Street, specialise in vinyl and second-hand books and a black notebook immediately caught my eye.

Dishevelled around the edges and with no name on its cover, the book housed immaculate handwriting with elaborate descriptions. It felt very old.

I picked it up and headed to the counter where myself and one of the assistants had a chat about who could this mystery writer be. And so, my mission begins.

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It’s more out of curiosity that I would love to find the person/family that this book belongs to. It’s definitely a book that I plan to use (it has great recipes!) and I can give it a loving home, but I want to find its connections.

I’m still reading through it and so far I get the feeling that this person was either on some cookery course or perhaps studying it in college because there’s a line randomly put in that says “lecture on baking”. The ingredients are written in ounces.

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There are sections on recipes, household management, renting and cooking methods. It’s all incredibly practical. Interesting to note too that there’s a whole piece on “oil lamps” and mentions of “American cloth”.

With a focus on the traditional larder, copper cooking utensils, silver egg spoons and brass, I feel like this is possibly quite an old copybook though I think it might not be 100% Irish.

I noticed a mention of Kidderminster carpets which the writer notes are “considered very serviceable as they are cheap” and on further sleuthing, they’re based in the UK.

A note on paper from Walsh’s Hotel in Maghera, Derry also is slipped into the book which a recipe for marmalade scribbled on it.

In different handwriting the following names are written: Alice “Were?”, Nellie Scott, Kate Mc??, Maggie Hegarty, Cassie “Burns?”, Cassie Gallagher, Bridget Shea, Julia Harrington, Katie Sullivan, Lizzie Mahony, “MJ Brian?”, B Connelly, M Brian and “?” Shea. So perhaps an Irish person had this on their course?

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There appears to be three types of handwriting, the main being the immaculate writing in black, then a more condensed and spread out type and a rather loose piece of writing that focuses on Carrageen Moss.

It jumps around then because in another part of the book it has “Glendale + CA Granby Road Manchester” but no other explanation and another page has “Dishes taught to” what I think looks like “Glengarriff” in Cork.

There are recipes for Rice Pudding, Irish Stew, Boiled Mutton, Boiled Bacon, Semolina Pudding and Cabbage and Welsh Cheese Bakes too – yum!

Does this writing look familiar to you? You can drop me an email to unacast[at]gmail[dot]com and I would be very grateful if you could spread the word.

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