Above, the Blonde Brownies found in Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn. The fat called for in this recipe is melted shortening, which dates the recipe a bit, but the book was published by Vintage in 1999.
Mrs. Eisenhower’s million-dollar fudge was hiding inside a Nabokov novel. Secret ingredient: 2 jars of marshmallow cream.
Four parts gin, two parts apricot brandy, one part lemon juice. A nearly illegible recipe for a strong drink, found in Thesaurus of Humor. Why do I find this one so depressing?!
Books aren’t a very efficient filing system for scribbled recipes, but they certainly make for an interesting dig. More about Popek’s new book here.