My kids were spotted playing with this worn and tattered book in the living room, before we realised it was my mother's old recipe book.
She quickly grabbed it back from their grubby hands and said, "How did they find my little piece of history ah?"
"You probably left it lying around lor," I said, knowing my mother's somewhat bochup ways.
The book was "My Favourite Recipes" by former Methodist Girls' School (MGS) principal, Ellice Handy. My mother's edition is the 1952 one (I believe it is the first edition), and it contains all kinds of yummy Asian recipes. There are notes scribbled in pencil all over, some by my mother, some by my aunt (her older sis).
Mom said when the book came out, all the MGS girls were "persuaded" to buy it for the school building fund because the proceeds would go to that. My mother and her sisters were unique in those days, in that her father believed that girls should get an education too. So they all attended MGS and subsequently, higher education.
I am glad for this recipe book. Many of mom's great dishes came from this book. I am hoping she sends it for rebinding. The binding of the book is kind of falling apart and it would be a shame to see the book damaged any further.
I also adore the drawings on the cover. There is a modern edition of this book, I believe. But this edition is a gem.