Archie's Recipes
December 30, 2012 3:17 PM   Subscribe

Archie's Recipes
When my grandparents passed away my family rediscovered an old family recipe book that my great grandfather wrote by hand in an old ledger.

The book is tattered and stained from use. The recipes range from cocktail sauce to homemade wine. I love it. I love the language and the vague temperatures and the strange ingredients. (Low oven? It's already on the floor.)

At the time, I photographed and scanned the entire thing and made some print copies for the family to share. But in the back of my mind I always thought it would make a great web site.

So here it is! Each week I'll be transcribing a new page for the site (and blogging / tweeting the updates)

For the technically curious, the site is built using a custom CMS using Silex and a Markdown to HTML to XML workflow. Updates are published automatically via git push. (anyone who's super curious should mefi-mail me with questions)
Role: programmer, designer, editor
posted by device55 (4 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

It's lovely to see food from a family recipe book. Online recipes don't capture the same things that recipes written in long hand do.

It took me a while to find the "next" tab. You might want to make that more obvious to your visitors.
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 11:06 PM on December 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

Thanks for the feedback, I'll make an adjustment to the navigational buttons.

Making and photographing each recipe would be a great second phase to the project.
posted by device55 at 5:17 AM on December 31, 2012

There are some minor rendering problems when I view it on a non-full-width window. Screenshot. Not serious but thought you'd like to know.
posted by Kadin2048 at 8:25 AM on January 2, 2013


I need to tweak the media query a bit to capture those edgey cases.
posted by device55 at 6:36 PM on January 2, 2013

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