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Recipe Journal (Diary, Notebook) Diary – July 1, 2012
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-Spiral bound: This is spiral bound so it opens and lays flat. This makes it so much easier to read since it's not flopping closed on me.
-Divided sections: Helps make things easier to find. Sections are: Brunch, appetizers, sandwiches, side dishes, main courses, breads and bakikng, desserts, beverages, holidays and parties and more recipes.
-Just the right amount of space: Each section holds 10 recipes. I've got about 3 go-to recipes for each section. I'm looking forward to expanding my skills and having more, but 10 seems like a good number for the special tried and true recipes. I'm not writing them down until I've made them a few times and feel they are worthy of being one of my favs. Until I perfect it and am ready to right it down I keep a post-it with the info in the book, then transfer the recipe when ready.
-Page set up: I think the pages are set up nicely. There's plenty of space for ingredients and directions. I like the "difficulty" and "prep/cook time" spaces so I can quickly look and see if I have it in me for each recipe. The wine pairings and overall rating are also helpful. At the end of each section on the back of the last recipe there's a "Notes" page. This is great for me for writing down mini recipes for that section. For example, I don't want to waste a whole page for my basic steel cut oats pressure cooker recipe (1 cup oats and 2 1/2 cups water on manual for 10 minutes), but I experimented a few times and don't want to forget it. That last page is perfect for stuff like that.
-Extras: There's a few pages at the front that may come in handy. They are: Helpful information, cooking hints, cooking terms, wine pairings, emergency substitutions and compatible herbs. There's also a little envelope pocket in the back. Great if you have a handwritten recipe from a family member that's sentimental and you want to keep the original paper.
-Cover: The "Recipe Journal" cover is not removable. Not a big deal to me, but it might annoy other people.
-Tabs: The section tabs are paper, after pulling on them over the next many years I'm sure they will wear out. I might come up with a tape solution.
Overall, this is a great solution to my recipe problem. I
Being unable to actually compare most items, I ordered several different options.
When they had arrived, this one was far superior to the other styles.
Many blank pages, with ample, lined writing space. One other book did not have lines in the writing area, which I didn't care for.
The binding is a spiral bound style, which allows you to lay it flat, so you can read and write easily.
I immediately ordered several more and returned the others.
Each recipe section has a full page for Ingredients and Notes/Substitutions, with a second page for Directions. The little footer/headers (Servings, prep time, Difficulty, etc) could be shrunk down a little bit (take about 15% of each page) but overall the layout is nice. Since the pages are in a spiral bind, you will not be able to add extra pages so BE CAREFUL when you write. Also, the only way to remove a page is permanently ripping it out.
Additionally, there is a helpful info section (measurement equivalents, emergency substitutions, etc) that are nice to have (Plus a mini folder in the back to hold recipes you cutout from a magazine etc.)
Overall, for the price, this is exactly what I was looking for. If you have some stand-out dishes that you must always keep with you, this is the perfect book.