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As usually happens when rummaging through one's grandparents' attic, I unwittingly discovered a seemingly ancient papyrus manuscript. It was stored in an old tin box along with some utensils. I carefully removed and unfolded the paper and this is what I saw: Old paper including elements on the periodic table, with shapes above them. What could it be?

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This is

a "cookbook" of sorts! If you replace each element with its symbol (and the two backwards elements with their symbols backwards), you can anagram each group to get an Italian food:

Bi S Te C Ca
F Ag I O Li
La S Ag Na
mA C Ar O Ni
Ra V I O Li
S P Ag H eT Ti

The black shapes above each group are the silhouettes of the food being made.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice! And just for completion, what is the significance of the black shapes? And the title? $\endgroup$
    – cap
    May 20 at 3:16
  • $\begingroup$ @cap Ah, added the shapes. Not sure about the title, though... $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    May 20 at 3:31
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    $\begingroup$ rot13(V guvax gur gvgyr vf fbzr nantenz, cbffvoyl ZL VGNYVNA XVGPURA) $\endgroup$
    – user39583
    May 20 at 8:51
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In addition to Deusovi's answer,

The title is an anagram of 'MY ITALIAN KITCHEN'

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