I'm a note taker, especially when it comes to recipes. For example, after I've made a dish for the first time, I sometimes like to experiment with it so keeping track of these changes and how they worked out is an important record. This often means writing in my cookbooks, or scribbling in the margins of a photocopied recipe. Does anyone else do this?
I've tried to keep a recipe notebook because I really like the idea. But the truth is, I usually forget about it and end up just marking up the recipe that's right there in front of me. Over the years, I've come to like the way this personalizes my cookbooks. I also love it when I stumble on marked-up recipes when I purchase a used cookbook.
Other reasons to mark up a recipe:
• To fix an inaccuracy.
• To remember when you made it last and who you served it to.
• Ideas for next time.
• Tasting notes.
• Suggestions for improvement.
• The recipe's 'story': who you got it from or when/where you first tried the dish or who likes it and who doesn't.
What about you? Do you mark up your recipes? Do you have a recipe notebook?
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