Paula Wolfert’s Notebook

Another nice example of a cook’s notebook, this time from the renowned cookbook author Paula Wolfert:   Read more at: Her Memory Fading, Paula Wolfert Fights Back With Food – The New York Times

Chefs’ Notebooks Photographed by Jeff Scott

More notebooks from chefs! “Fine-art photographer Jeff Scott won the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the Photography category for Notes From a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession…. The book doesn’t contain any recipes, but instead aims to reveal the creative process for some of the top, young chefs in America. Shot documentary-style, Scott’s […]

Jansen Chan’s Notebooks

Here’s another story about a chef that includes some photos of his notebooks. Jansen Chan started out as an architect but then became a pastry chef, and is now the director of pastry arts at the International Culinary Center. Some of his notebooks have obviously been exposed to a lot of kitchen spills and splatters! […]

A Very Yummy Notebook Page

Chefs can have some pretty interesting notebooks. This one belongs to Nick Wuest, who is a Pastry Arts student at the International Culinary Center. The first few lines of this recipe already had me salivating… And here’s his results! Yum. You can get the full recipe here: Play with your food: Brown Sugar Caramel-Cinnamon Ice […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Nancy Hanst

This week’s addict came to me via a tip from a reader (Thanks Raymond!), and I was delighted to see this story: Nancy Hanst has kept a food diary since 1962. I love Nancy’s stacks of little spiral-bound notebooks, and her consistency in keeping them for over 50 years!   From Nancy’s article: So, here […]

Jamie Bissonnette’s Notebooks

These are some pretty well-used kitchen notebooks, belonging to Boston chef Jamie Bissonnette. They look like they’ve done some hard time in a hot kitchen! Read more at The Kitchen Spy: A Look Inside Jamie Bissonnette’s South End Pad | Boston Magazine.

Moleskine Monday: An Address Book for Recipes

This is something I’ve thought about doing for a while: keeping all your favorite recipes easily indexed in an address book: 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 […]

How Chefs Keep Track of Their Recipes

I liked this article: How Professional Chefs Organize Recipes With Digital Devices – WSJ.com. Although the article focuses on digital devices, good old paper notebooks make an appearance: Whether it’s a pile of food-splotched printouts or a cluttered digital desktop, many cooking enthusiasts are swimming in recipes, with no good system for storing them. Is […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Elissa Altman

This week’s notebook addict is food writer Elissa Altman, who calls herself a “journal junkie” and shares these images at her blog Poor Man’s Feast: Here’s some of her thoughts about her addiction: I don’t know when it happened, exactly, or why, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve been fanatical about notebooks. […]

Logging Lentil Leftovers

This has to be the strangest, most specific use of a notebook I’ve ever heard about: Clément Gaujal, a customer quality representative for Nissan who grew up in Paris, recalled that his mother had a tenuous grasp of batch size when it came to lentils, and often ended up serving their leftovers for three or […]