1. 5 ways to organize your cookbooks
 5 ways to organize your cookbooks

5 ways to organize your cookbooks

Having a cookbook collection is great, for lots of reasons – you’ve always got something new to try, you’ve got great references for your favorite recipes and you can always page through for dinner inspiration when you’re stuck.


  • Sometimes, it can be kind of hard to find what you’re looking for, whether you’re in a hurry, or you just can’t seem to remember which recipes you were excited about when you first skimmed through the book.

    The best thing to do is keep things organized by marking the recipes you want to come back to with Post-it® Flags or Post-it® Tabs. Here are a few useful ways to keep things fast, easy and accessible.

  • 1. Meal categories

    Use different colors of Post-it® Flags to mark ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers and snacks, or divide your cookbooks or recipe binder into sections using Post-it® Tabs labeled with your categories.

    Meal categories

  • 2. Dietary restrictions

    If you’re planning a party or cooking for more than one type of diet (like a vegetarian and an avowed carnivore in the same house), use Post-it® Flags in different colors for each special diet.

  • 3. Time spent cooking

    Assign a different color Post-it® Page Marker to levels of complexity in recipes – green for simple, yellow for medium and pink for fancy or complicated. Then, write the number of minutes each recipe would take on the page marker, so you can choose a recipe to make based on how much time you’ve got. (You might want to note how much time for prep versus how much time to cook recipes, too.)

    Time spent cooking

  • 4. Family likes and dislikes

    If you’re cooking for a crowd, you can mark recipes that each family member likes and dislikes – or choose colors to represent recipes that are favorites for the grown-ups, for the kids or for the whole family.

  • 5. Inspiration by season

    Don’t forget to have a little fun with recipes you’re really excited about – and give yourself a great source of inspiration when you’re looking for new ideas. A great way to do it is to mark recipes perfect for spring, summer, fall and winter – or for special occasions like birthdays and holidays.

    Don’t forget to have a little fun with recipes you’re really excited about

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