Medieval Manuscript Version of The Cookery Book(let)
Something very, very special…
How wonderful is it to have a dear friend who takes your Cookery Book(let) and transforms it into a hand-made “medieval” manuscript masterpiece? Because that is what my massively talented friend Beth Altchek did. Taking as her inspiration such sources as the early 9th century Book of Kells, Beth took my Book(let) and created a true manuscript, hand-lettering the recipes and drawing a variety of whimsical, delightful, and beautiful illustrations – and then bound the result in a presentation copy. The completed portfolio is impressively sized, 11 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide, and laced into vegetarian friendly “leather”, with a big metal clasp. Inside is a parchment-like wrapper. The paper of the recipe pages is heavy water-colour paper which took Beth’s paints and inks beautifully. The inspiration, creativity, effort and sheer talent Beth displayed in dreaming this up and presenting it as a gift astounds me, and makes it one of the happiest “by-products” of the Circle Saga to date. Thank you Beth!
Please enjoy it with me: