Yesterday, I pulled out my Thanksgiving recipes and cookbooks so I could make my shopping list. (The menu itself is easy. It hasn't changed in over 20 years!)
I love the "history" there on the pages.
The fact that the book opens up RIGHT to the dressing page (even without the bookmark ribbon).
Which got me thinking. I really USE some of my cookbooks.
I pack them with random bookmarks . . .
so I can remember the recipes I really liked - or want to try.
Often, the binding just doesn't hold up to my use!
I also write notes on the pages . . .
To note our reactions.
Or to make notes for future attempts.
And to note changes if the recipe is to be salvaged.
I've even got Tom in the habit now! (This is his turkey "procedural.")
Sometimes I even create a little mini-table of contents inside the front cover -- for my special favorites that might be hard to find quickly.
And sometimes . . . I discover (later) that I've created some "artwork" on the pages of my most used cookbooks.
I own a lot of cookbooks - and (thanks to my recent KonMari-ing), I find joy in all of them.
Some, though? They're USED and LOVED a whole lot more than others!