Note: I have not written reviews before, but I’m reviewing this recipe box which was provided to me for free. I think recipe boxes are a key part of the project of this blog – passing stories of food between family and friends – so I hope that this review is informative, but I wasn’t paid to say any of these things, just given the box to write about honestly.
I’ve always thought that old-fashioned drawings of plants and flowers have a beautiful look to them; I’m not usually a visual person, but I’m a sucker for the history behind all the knowledge we have regarding botany. It’s literally how we know what nourishes us and what could kill us.
This box makes me feel nourished too; I think that the nice thing about a pretty recipe box is that honestly, cooking is rarely pretty – it’s covered in flour and tomato splatter and it probably just dropped a chunk of squash on the floor. This recipe box guards the beautiful parts of cooking against all the mess – it keeps your recipes safe and secure. The box is made of metal, so if it does get splashed, it’ll clean easily.
I love using a recipe stand while in the thick of cooking, which helps keep the mess at bay, but this box will also keep you organized before you cook. The beautiful dividers and practical cards would make you feel capable of feeding your family on even the most overwhelming day. I especially like that there’s a line for the “title” of the recipe, as well as for who gave it to you. These cards were clearly made for me and my need to bug others for recipes. It also strikes me as a great bridal shower gift, where each person fills out a card, or a gift you could make for a wedding itself if you have enough family recipes to pass along.
Right now, Rifle Paper Company has this box on sale at https://riflepaperco.com/shop/recipe-boxes-cards/herb-garden-kitchen-recipe-box/, which is pretty wonderful, but knowing the quality of this one (and knowing that sales don’t last forever), I’d recommend that you check out their other products. They seem to really carefully curate what they sell, and the materials are well-sourced.
Reviewing this box has inspired me to get into the nitty gritty of writing out recipes – something I said I’d start doing weeks ago. It’s so easy to just grab a link and pin it on Pinterest, and then try to scroll through websites with messy fingers while cooking. I want the slow flipping through the cards to find the recipe I need; cooking is not digital, and I’m going to make a bit of my cooking process more physical too. It’s time I added a few recipes to the stack of wedding recipes I have pretty much worked through.