The Cookbook Journal from Powell’s

My friend Journey gave me the greatest gift. She knows I collect, make, and fill up journals, so she gave me a great new journal.

She found it at Powell’s, the fabulous independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon. Powell’s started in a derelict storefront in 1971 and today is the largest independent bookstore in the world, with six stores in Portland and a website, it’s stocked with four million used, new, rare and out-of-print-books.

Looks like a diet cookbook. . .

Looks like a diet cookbook. . .

Journey found a stash of journals made by Ex Libris Anonymous. These clever people make journals out of old books. They use the book covers as the journal cover. The one Journey got me is a diet cookbook. (Journey knows me really well). The best part is that it’s an old Betty Crocker cookbook, so it has those super-saturated, slightly off-kilter food photos that put you off your feed, diet or not.

The inside has some of the pages from the old

. . .complete with recipes and food photos . . .

. . .complete with recipes and food photos . . .

cookbook. Some are recipe pages, some are images–photos of food.

The rest of the book is filled with about 75 pages of acid-free paper that good for writing or sketching.

So your new journal has a great book cover and a few pages and hides all those secrets you worry about other people reading. After all, who’s going to read a diet cookbook?

. . .ready for writing or sketching.

. . .ready for writing or sketching.

My secrets–and fat-filled recipes–are safe inside the book.

There are other books as well, but this one was exactly right for me. It’s a good size, too, about 10 inches wide x 8 inches long.

Thanks, Journey! I love my new journal.

–Quinn McDonald is a writer, life- and certified creativity coach. She teaches people to use and make journals, including raw-art-journals for people who want to keep an art journal but can’t draw.