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a recipe journal

I've talked on here quite a few times about recipe boxes and my desire to have one long-lasting recipe box that I envision being passed down and around, among my children. (Although for this to truly happen, it would probably be a good idea if I started following a recipe instead of always "winging it" in the kitchen.

Anyhoo, leave it to Lotta to come along and inspire me some more, and to get my wheels turning once again when it comes to documenting, savoring, and saving my "work" in the kitchen.

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If you have not yet cracked the pages of her Handmade Living book, do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy. In fact, if you're anything like me, I should have simply purchased the book to begin with instead of paying all fines for the multiple times I have checked it out of the library….

Every page is full of inspiration and ideas. 

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But one that has stuck with me these past few weeks is her recipe journals–clipped recipes, hand-written notes, ideas, sketches. I love everything about this idea. And I love the idea of a shelf full of years of kitchen journals.

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What about you–do you keep something similar to this? How do you record your work in the kitchen?

I've talked on here quite a few times about recipe boxes and my desire to have one long-lasting recipe box that I envision being passed down and around, among my children. (Although for this to truly happen, it would probably be a good idea if I started following a recipe instead of always "winging it" in the kitchen.

Anyhoo, leave it to Lotta to come along and inspire me some more, and to get my wheels turning once again when it comes to documenting, savoring, and saving my "work" in the kitchen.

EPSON026

If you have not yet cracked the pages of her Handmade Living book, do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy. In fact, if you're anything like me, I should have simply purchased the book to begin with instead of paying all fines for the multiple times I have checked it out of the library….

Every page is full of inspiration and ideas. 

EPSON012

But one that has stuck with me these past few weeks is her recipe journals–clipped recipes, hand-written notes, ideas, sketches. I love everything about this idea. And I love the idea of a shelf full of years of kitchen journals.

EPSON011

What about you–do you keep something similar to this? How do you record your work in the kitchen?

24 comments on “a recipe journal”

  1. I have a 3 ring binder with recipes stuffed in page protectors. This works for me because I can add recipes that I find in magazines (without having to keep the whole issue) or online easily. I do make notes when I substitute ingredients or change amounts too. This is the only thing that works for me. I don’t have time to transfer recipes to index cards! I do have dividers for appetizers and desserts, but the main dish meals are all in one big secton.

  2. Thank you! This is a fantastic way for me to organize all the clippings and scrawled notes I have. I try to write them down in my cookbook, but that is a rare occurrence. I bought a binder to keep them, but that also is convoluted since my goal is to type everything. We have started writing the family’s opinions about a recipe in the actual cookbook. Of course, the descriptions are not always kind – “tasted like vomit” um, thank, dh, for the descriptive remark 🙂

  3. My friend Rob has his mother’s cookbook collection. It’s not a large collection, but she died when he was 16, and he’s a real foodie, so they’re really meaningful to him.

    The most special thing about her “go-to” cookbook is the notes she made inside the covers and on the lining papers. She recorded each dinner party she hosted, included the date, who was there, and each food/drink item that was served. It’s entirely fabulous. Like really, truly fabulous.

    I have tons of cookbooks, and no one to pass them on to, but I’ve developed a similar habit for the books I use often. When I use a recipe I make a note beside it with the date, occasion (if there was one), how the recipe turned out and any changes I’d make. It’s become a lovely record for me, and I never fail to smile when I flip open well-used pages.

  4. I just put this book on hold at the library:) I currently have a jumble of items thrown into a recipe box, not very organized or pretty! It might be the time for some updating. . .

  5. It just so happens, that I LOVE journals. I LOVE them. I buy them and write in them once and then they go on the shelf, drawer, bucket, box, etc.What a fantastic idea to use all the old journals that I come across and think, “I LOVE this!” and continue NOT to write in.I love the look of her book too, I think I’ma gonna put it on my list…

  6. This is an idea that’s just calling my name!! I keep my recipes in an old file folder. Or I should say the recipes that don’t spill out the sides or get left on the counter and thrown away as trash. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  7. dang. now i want another new book.

    also, i keep a three ring binder with dividers and page protectors for recipes. ones i print off the computer just get punched and put on the rings, small clippings or newspaper/magazine ones get slipped into sleeves. i love it.

  8. I have a very messy three ring binder with nothing actually bound in it! It’s just a stack of printouts, clipping and handwritten notes. The binder has all sorts of dividers that I do not use. It is the beginning of something organized, but it’s totally not.

  9. For years I kept a pile of 3 folders with recipes slid into plastic sleeves. They were stolen from the stationary cupboard at work. In the end, I chucked them as 20 recipes stuffed in a plastic sleeve labelled ‘fish’ were not inviting enough. I now have recipes stuff into recipe books that fall on the floor everytime I open them. You’re reminded me to try again

  10. Oof. I have all of ten recipes written down (save for those i record online). But for what it’s worth, I also ogled this part of Jansdotter’s book. And dog-eared it. Along with those awesome cloth kleenex box beauty covers.

  11. I got a moleskine recipe book for my birthday last year (i have still to transfer the recipes into it though!!) it looks pretty similar to the picture from the book.

    Looks like a lovely book x

  12. Yes – I started my book when I began University. Volume one is a small plain utilitarian notebook, but inside it is almost like a diary of my life, charting the food phases from simple student fare, through things I learned when we lived in Japan. Recipes I had to call my mother to describe from my childhood and jotted down and things I clipped from magazines and newspapers.

    I filled it up last year and have just begun volume 2. It’s still a bit new, but I have a feeling it will become an old friend too. My only rule about making it into my book is that I have to have cooked and liked the dish. Stuff I have clipped, but not yet tried lives in my kitchen drawer until it has been auditioned!

  13. I use a photo album also. It has dividers and a pocket in the front. I stick recipes I haven’t tried in the pocket. Only the good stuff that I know I’ll want to make again gets into the album pages, and I definitely make notes on the recipes. Not nearly as elegant as Lotta’s but it’s actually one of those organizational things that works for me.

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