Delaine Sambenedetto is more likely to be found perusing antique shops for vintage titles than prepping in a kitchen. But fate drew the two worlds together when she discovered a tattered copy of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking at Rogers Flea Market & Auctions in Rogers, Ohio.
“It had no binding on it,” Sambenedetto says. “It was missing pages as well. This one really needed some love and care.” She salvaged its cover, along with a handful of recipes and original illustrations, ranging from desserts to salads. She measured and cut 100-120 new pages, hole-punched them and hand-fed each through the book’s spiral. Her shop, New Day Notes on Etsy, which is dedicated to reviving old books into notebooks and planners, has other cookbook options such as two vintage Cutco cookbooks ($25).
Each notebook in her shop is one-of-a-kind, so customers should act quick if they see a cover that speaks to them. “It’s really neat to kind of see what recipes these older books have in them — ones that maybe people aren’t even making too much of anymore,” she says. etsy.com/shop/newdaynotes