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Food is more than the sum of its parts.
It’s the centerpiece of joy, laughter and memory.
Cooking is done with our hands. Mixing a meatloaf, kneading bread dough—abandoning the wooden spoon is often the best way to effectively combine ingredients. While the vast digital recipe selection has opened up new worlds in cooking, we all have the culinary worlds we love best. Preserve those by hand. Add notes about changes. Ask your aunt to write in her famous lasagne recipe. Ilustrate. Paste in those oil-smudged cards that have been passed down. Enjoy.
Are you the next in a long line of cooks and bakers? When you visit your grandparents, do they feed you as you walk in the front door? Sweet, spicy or salty, food is love. And not just any food, but the food of home and family. When you preserve your recipes, you preserve part of your family heritage. It becomes a food album of memory as you make notes of whose favorite, when you have served it, who didn’t like it.
If you’re like us, you might have a stack of internet recipes you’ve printed. Some you’ve made, some you haven’t. Save the best, forget the rest. The truth is, we don’t have time to make all those recipes, and we simply want to eat the food we like. Use the table of contents in your Leatherpress Heritage journal to organize into categories or customize your own contents in the Inspire journal.
What about keeping a cooking diary? Here’s how:
1. Decide the timeframe. Keep the diary for 2 weeks or a month, and record your dinner recipes each day, labeling with the day and date.
2. Write in the recipe you’ve cooked and any personal notes that give context to your choice: How long did it take? Were there leftovers? Was it a cold day that called for roast chicken, or did you make a big salad for a summer supper al fresco? Which foods were in season?
4. Once your timeframe is finished, evaluate for favorites, and which to skip. Put this cycle on repeat in intervals for decision-free meal planning.
5. Repeat Steps 1 to 4 to find new favorites and create seasonal dinner rotations.