Tuesday 10 May 2011


Such a beautiful book that I bought one as a present for a gorgeous friend and couldn’t resist one for moi! It’s a personal scrapbook of memories, recipes and collected artifacts

- with proven recipes that have been finessed over time and generations. This book is a study of collections; collected recipes and collected images – it takes the old and reworks them into something vibrant and new. The bowerbird in me loves it!

Keepsakes by Frances Hansen, who is Fleur Wood’s sister.

This book grew out of the wedding present scrapbook Frances gave Fleur.

It’s full of handwritten notes and recipes passed down through the family.

And how beautiful is their mum on her wedding day….

Fran is an artist and lives in New Zealand. She has collected recipes from family ~ mother, great aunts and grandmothers and assembled them in a whimsical and nostalgic manner. Each page is a collage that has been painstakingly put together and then photographed, so it literally is a work of art that you can have on your book shelf or, preferably, on your coffee table. It’s reminiscent of the cobbled-together cookbooks and magazine cuttings that our mothers and grandmothers might have hidden in their kitchen cupboard.

Ok, I’m inspired to bake!  xoxo

{Images Keepsakes by Frances Hansen (Hardie Grant). via Mrs Press & Food Fashion Friends}


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    1. Lynette (NZ) says:

      Thanks for this review – I am in love with this book and have linked to this page in my latest blogpost :-)


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