If you've been cooking for awhile, you probably have an arsenal of go-to recipes, dishes you can whip up from memory, but sometimes — especially when it comes to baking — you need to reference specific ingredient measurements. You can crack open your cookbooks or pull up your bookmarks online, but bartender and blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler uses a more portable tool for storing all his most-used recipes: a Moleskine address book.Morgenthaler uses his address book to store cocktail recipes, but this method would work just as well for cooking or baking recipes. Recipe cards or books specially made to store recipes are often more complicated than I need; for dishes I have made a few times, all I need is the list of ingredients and a few basic instructions, so I love the simplicity of this idea. Moleskine's very plain address book allows plenty of room for freedom, with the convenience of alphabetical organization.
Its small size (about 4" x 6") also makes it easy to carry along when you are staying at a vacation house or visiting family for the holidays — any time you expect to be cooking, but may not have access to your cookbooks.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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