i have been wanting to share this with you since my kitchen tea in September, my bridesmaids organised a printed book filled with a wonderful collection of recipes collected from all the women in my life. the recipes were either their favourites, ones they knew i’d love, or ones that had a special history (like the Buttermilk Sponge cake that and i have been baking since primary school, or any of the multitude of recipes my mom included). it was designed by  and illustrated with sweet watercolours by . you can faintly see the embossing on the cover – Patzig / Mrs Visser – a long running joke that i should change the name of the blog now that i’m married (i won’t!)

i thought perhaps a nice challenge for 2014 would be to try all the recipes in the book, and possibly share them with all of you. i can’t promise exceptional food photography or styling, but at least you’ll be able to try out my mom’s Malva Pudding, my mother in law’s buttermilk rusks (with coffee in the morning, just the best) or my grandmother’s fudge – which actually made an appearance at our wedding and was a sweet, sweet hit.

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  1. wowzers, that’s probably the best gift idea I’ve ever heard. can’t wait to try the recipes

  2. What an amazing gift!
    You’re lucky :)

  3. This is the most beautiful gift!
    It must have taken them ages to put together, it’s so thoughtful and just beautifully made…
    What a precious object to cherish.
    Happy cookings!

  4. wow, great gift! Looking forward to the recipes, I have faith you will do some pretty nice food styling…

  5. what a wonderful gift! this should be up for sale if you ask me :)

  6. This is the most beautiful and personal gift EVER!

    You are a lucky girl xx

  7. This is SUCH a great gift! I write down all my favourite recipes in a handmade book which I will give to one of my children when they’re older (or born, rather).

  8. Such a gorgeous and thoughtful gift! It’s super beautiful!

  9. This is the most beautiful wedding gift I have ever seen! Just lovely.

  10. wow. truly the most special gift ever- what a treasure!

  11. you are a lucky lady with a wonderfully loving support group. might you be able to share which platform your friends used to create the book? it is so beautifully bound xx

    • the book would have been done in inDesign and then exported for printing.

  12. oh my goodness – this is such a beautiful gift. wow something I’m sure you will treasure forever. how original – and SO beautiful

  13. That is amazing. What a generous and thoughtful gift. So beautiful.

  14. This is such a sweet and thoughtful gift. I love it<3

  15. Such a wonderful gift! I’d love to read about all the recipes on your blog too!

  16. What a thoughtful and wonderful gift! So wonderful that I might just steal it for other people…. I’m not sure if that removes the thoughtful part though, ha! Looking forward to seeing some recipes x

  17. WOW – that is an incredible gift!! Not only is it thoughtful, but it’s beautiful AND well designed.

  18. So lovely! It would make me absolutely cry!! I’m getting teary from seeing those glimpses of yours! :)

  19. This is beautiful! Would you happen to know where they got this printed? This is the first time I’ve seen embossing on the cover for a custom book!

    • it was printed at Orms i CT. i believe they do embossing on photobooks.

  20. That has got the be the best gift, ever. Happy cooking!

  21. what a beautiful, thoughtful gift. it must have taken such a long time to put together. your bridesmaids are very special ladies indeed.

  22. Absolutely stunning! So special and expertly assembled.

  23. Looking forward to the future posts inspired by your cookbook!

  24. Aaaaaaaaw! This is so adorable/perfect. Keeping my fingers crossed that if I ever get married I get this instead of a tiara, a sequinned sash and a hangover from my lady friends. Just such a lovely idea and beautifully executed.

  25. What a fantastic gift! It must have been so much work, how great to have such sweet friends. It looks amazing.

  26. Betty Jablonski

    So thoughtful and lovingly given. A treasure to have and to ‘hold’. I hope they left some empty pages so that you can add your own very special recipes to bestow upon someone you love in the future.

  27. Quite simply an exquisite idea from your friends whom are clearly special. Thank you for sharing such a stylish compendium

  28. Sarah O.

    I love this idea- can you tell me where I can have a book like this made?

  29. What a delightful gift, truly beautiful.

    I have just stumbled upon your website, it too is beautiful.

  30. What a wonderful book. Heartwarming story and such amazing colors and pretty layout.

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