Source: One of the book’s most memorable spreads, the chicken soup recipe feels at once comfortingly nostalgic and playfully contemporary.

It began with the borscht, rendered in vibrant fuchsia paint with a mint-green scalloped bowl. Wendy MacNaughton spotted the illustrated pages in a glass case, tucked among the shelves of brittle, yellowing manuscripts at San Francisco’s Antiquarian Book Fair. An illustrator herself, she examined the whimsical spread in front of her—the bowl of borscht, the hand-lettered recipe, two pink beets with roots crossed in a beckoning . It was a sketchbook, each page filled with recipes and illustrations, the paint laid down with a practiced hand and the

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