My local friend Christina wrote to me the other day after she’d cut up her Nourishing Traditions cookbook. Yes, she cut it up! But not to destroy it – to make it more usable for her. When I held the finished product in my hands yesterday, I thought it was pretty cool. Christina is guest posting here today – she’s sharing in her own words what she did and why she did it… Let us know what you think of her idea – do you think it might help you? Why or why not?
It seems that many of you agree with me that the healthy eating principles in Nourishing Traditions are rather daunting! I was looking through it the other day and decided that part of the problem is the way it reads like a college textbook. So I decided to cut the whole thing up!
Essentially I wanted to re-format Nourishing Traditions to separate the “textbook” from the “cookbook.” First I went through the whole book and wrote the page numbers above each recipe column for reference purposes (it was a great way to spend a sick day in bed). Next I tore each page out. If it was a full page introduction to a new subject I left it whole. If it was a wide column of recipes next to a narrow column of information, I cut the columns apart, trimmed the margin and slid the columns into plastic sheets.
Here is a photo of assembled ingredients – clear plastic sheet protectors, a binder, scissors and of course, Nourishing Traditions (cover already cut off).
Next, this photo shows me tearing off a page after the cover was off.
In the following photo you can see two different kinds of sheets: two columns of recipes side by side; or 3 columns of interesting information side by side, destined for the textbook binder.
Look at my new “cookbook” in progress!
Finally – the finished binder!
In the end I have two binders of clear plastic sheet protectors loaded with the columns of Nourishing Traditions.
Here’s why this isn’t perfect:
- when a recipe continues on the next page its a column nearby but not the next column…
- this process is time consuming.
- page numbers are not in perfect order.
- the finished product isn’t as pretty as the book was whole.
However, here’s why it works for me:
- this will be more kitchen friendly by laying flat when open and the plastic will wipe clean – I’m a messy cook.
- this seems less daunting to me without tons of info and stories to distract me.
- 600 pages of recipes condenses to 300 (size matters).
Blessings to you all,
Thanks, Christina! To everyone, please remember that I am looking for guest posts. Read this for ideas of what I’d like to see and then contact me with your great and/or helpful ideas. You have an open invitation, so please contact me at any time.