I hadn’t invested in any of the Baron Fig guided notebooks to date as I didn’t really see a need for them. My notebooks tend to be a lot more haphazard. I have trouble reserving notebooks for one specific task. My brain is a permanent brain dump. That said, when I recently discovered that I am lactose intolerant AND decided to go vegetarian (again.) I realized I needed a notebook to compile recipes and recipe modifications in one place. Voila! A use case for the Baron Fig Savor notebook ($24).
As is true of all Baron Fig hardcover notebooks, the Savor comes in a lovely paperboard box (these make great pen trays so don’t throw them away!). The box is white with tomato red ink and gold foil accents.
Inside the box, the tomato red fabric cover is debossed with a graphic of plate, fork and knife. The book includes a white fabric pagemarker and a matching red elastic for closing the book.
The inside end papers are picnic blanket, red plaid with a space for your name or other annotation.
The first page of the book has an explanation for the icons and how to use the guided pages.
I’ve entered several of my recipes already (using fountain pen) and discovered a couple plusses and minuses. The three columns for ingredients provide lines that are short for most ingredients, even with my small handwriting. Longer or more complicated recipes really require using two pages. So, something like the Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes recipe shown above would work much better if I had started it on the left hand page for the main potato part and used the right hand page for the sauce and garnish. As it is, the recipe is a little cramped on the page.
I like the guides along the edge but I would redesign the placement to provide a space for oven temperature (where applicable) and a bit more space for more recipe types — soups/stews, salads, and maybe baked goods/breads that is separate from desserts… because with the current icons, where am I supposed to put cornbread? It’s not a dessert, main dish or appetizer… so it’s a side dish? Hmmm….
I love the icons at the bottom for dairy-free, vegetarian, gluten-free and low carb.
My next recipe to try is this Tofu stir fry. I found it in a magazine and cut it out and pasted it into the Savor notebook. I was able to add a diagram for cutting the tofu for frying (which I messed up the first time I drew it… smart, Ana!). Once I make it, I’ll add in my star rating.
I also have some print outs jammed in the back of the book of recipes I’m still adjusting. I am still trying to find the perfect vegan pancake/waffle recipe. I’ve tried a lot and none of them have been “just right.”
That said, the Savor is giving me the perfect place to put recipes I love, with notes and adjustments and keep them all in one place. Recipes are definitely something I want ALL in ONE PLACE. For me, this notebook is a great start on my new (accidentally) vegan diet.
If you also need to collect your recipes in one place, Baron Fig sent me an extra Savor guided notebook to giveaway.
TO ENTER: Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite recipe is — vegan recipe ideas are most appreciated and yes, cocktails count (there’s an icon for that!). Play along and type in something. It makes reading through entries more interesting for me, okay? One entry per person.
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