About Lost Recipes Found

Food memories matter!  Lost Recipes Found celebrates  best vintage recipes and the stories behind them.


Who:  I’m Monica Kass Rogers, an Evanston,IL-based writer and photojournalist. I started this adventure as a column for the Chicago Tribune, and eventually turned that into this blog.  I find the stories, test the recipes, style and shoot the photographs. Posts happen when I can make them.



CurriedVegetablePieWhat: Most of the stories fall into several broad categories. There are recipes from closed restaurants and department store tea rooms (Gone But Not Forgotten), recipes that once appeared on food packaging or promotional pamphlets (Once Upon a Box), and recipes from institutions (Love from the Lunchroom). But I keep adding more, including celebrity recipes (Celebrity Citings) State Fair recipes (State Fair Fun), recipes from chefs that were inspired by their own families and regional histories (Chef Recipes with Vintage Flair), etc.

MonicajudgingforwebWhat Not:  I’m not a chef. But, I’ve been cooking and writing about food for about 30 years, experiencing and learning about edibles from the chefs and restaurateurs who have made careers of this challenging work. In every instance, history, family and culture have contributed to the dishes these professionals love most.


granscherrypuddingHow: Before publishing to the site, I find the recipes and figure out which ones are winners. I test them, do the food styling, photograph them, and write a bit about the story behind each dish. Some of the recipes are my own. Others are chef creations based on vintage recipes they love.


Why: The hope is that Lost Recipes Found will help preserve best old recipes–and the stories that go with them–by getting them back in home kitchens. E-mail me anytime at editor@lostrecipesfound.com

…a “Please Note” note: Recipe-sleuthing is a time-consuming task and as much as I wish it weren’t so, some recipes just stay hidden. I can’t publish every recipe I find, but will do my best to send what I find to recipe requesters, by e-mailing behind the scenes. Recipes that are published on the home page of this site with photos are tested by LRF. Recipes posted in the reader comment and forum areas of the site have not been tested by LRF.

Monica Kass Rogers

Ever since a second grade spelling bee suggested the theme for my first poem, I’ve been charmed by word-smithing and story. After journalism & photography school, I plunged into publishing, writing for local, national & international magazines & newspapers. Varied topics, but a lot about food and spirits. I’ve got a letterpress printing hobby that is taking me in new artistic directions. And I co-host The Pig & Weasel, Evanston’s finest arts-incubator & houseconcert series.JoeTaylorGalleryshow

 Stephanie CleaverStephanie Cleaver

Designer at an animation studio by day, runner, baker and doodler by night, Stephanie moved to Brooklyn in 2002 to attend Pratt Institute and explore the big city. In addition to the cute drawings she’s done for Lost Recipes Found, her work can be seen at stephaniecleaver.com and calamityafoot.blogspot.com