I always mark up books I read. I highlight, I underline, I jot thoughts in the margins. I love being able to flip back through it and have sections stand out—favorite quotes and other things worth remembering. However, I don't do this with my cookbooks, which I realize is unusual. Do you write in your cookbooks?A recent article
in The New York Times
explores the opposite inclination of what I just described: people who copiously mark up cookbooks when they wouldn't dream of writing in any other book. I completely understand the impulse: it's one (and some might say the easiest) way to remember notes on the recipe, on what worked and didn't, on your own changes and tweaks, perhaps even serving and side dish suggestions.
So what's my problem? I like to have things in one place, which makes keeping a recipe journal—as Dana wrote about this morning in her post on Orland Gough's cookbook—more my style. The cookbooks stay note-free (which I like better for some reason), while each recipe becomes its own event in my notebook.
What about you? Do you mark up your cookbooks? Do you keep a separate recipe journal?
Related: Orlando Gough's Recipe Journal: A Cookbook Well Worth Seeking Out
(Image: Dana Velden)