03 January 2009

Writing in my cookbooks

I've never been a person who writes in the margins of her books. The extent of my interaction with a book is usually reading it. Occasionally, I will actually make a recipe or pattern found in a book. Making notes in the book hasn't even been a temptation until recently.

As much as I hate to admit it, my memory skills have taken a nosedive. I can remember useless trivia like who starred in a certain movie, but I'm having trouble recalling whether I made a certain recipe. I've prepared the same bad recipe several times, only remembering as I eat it that I didn't like it the first time. Clearly, I need to start making notes!

The funny thing is that I feel bad about writing in my books. Perhaps it is because I have been a library gal for so long that I don't believe the books are truly mine. Maybe it points to a bigger problem. I experience the same hesitation when I dig in my backyard or hammer a nail in the wall. It's like I'm waiting for someone to give me permission.

To get over myself in this case, I am trying to convince myself that the next owner of my cookbooks may benefit from my notes. Who knows -- maybe some historian will unearth my copy of the Fix-it And Forget-it Cookbook and learn something about how working women fed their families in 2009 :-).


SmallWorld at Home said...

My DH started writing in cookbooks, and he's converted me. I am so happy when I see a note now!!

Beth F said...

I don't normally write in my books, but I do write in cookbooks. I have 1000+ (yes, you read that right) cookbooks and love to cook.

If I made a recipe for a party, potluck, or company, I write the date and the event in the margin. When I make a change, I write that in. I also rate the recipe so I know if I want to make it again. Sometimes I make notes of what I would do differently the next time.

Dani in NC said...

Beth, that is the other reason why I started writing in my cookbooks. I'm getting more comfortable with my cooking skills and change recipes on the fly. I want to keep track of what worked and what didn't, or else I'll keep repeating the disasters!