January 5, 2009

Hold That Cookbook


Here's a tip for holding open a stiff new cookbook.

When I need to free my hands for cooking or baking, and I want to hold my cookbook open to a page, I usually use a weighted leather bookmark that is designed for that purpose.

But if my book weight isn't handy, I use a small glass cutting board . The one pictured is an inexpensive one that Maggie bought for serving cheese. It's clear glass, so you can read the book right through it. It's not heavy, so this one won't break the spine of the book.

(The image is garbled on purpose because I didn't want to post a detailed picture of someone else's copyrighted work. So you'll have to take my word for it that the text was quite readable.)

Posted by James at January 5, 2009 2:21 AM
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I think clear glass is the only kind of cutting board I DON'T have.

I usually hold a cookbook open with soup cans, but if the recipe covers the entire page, I have to move the cans around so that I can read.

A clear cutting board would keep the mess off the pages, too. I splash a lot. If you want to find out what my favorite recipes are, just look in my books for the pages that are all warped and buckled from splashing.

Posted by: Julie at January 5, 2009 9:41 AM

Good idea...now I don't have to break the binding anymore. ;-)

Posted by: Bull at January 5, 2009 10:41 AM

Just don't use the glass cutting board for cutting. that about the worst thing you could do to your knives. we too have a book weight, how else am I supposed to read and eat at the same time?

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at January 5, 2009 10:57 AM

Actually, I bought the glass cutting board because it came in a set of three. I wanted the large one because the girls do their homework at one of those folding tables that I have next to my desk, and I wanted them to have a nice hard surface to write on. The folding table has a soft-ish cover on it and it gets dirty and tears easily. I have a wooden cutting board specifically for cheese.

Posted by: Maggie at January 5, 2009 12:55 PM

OK, I guess I remembered that wrong.

In any case, B.O.B. is right, don't use them for cutting. They're murder on knives.

Posted by: James at January 5, 2009 1:36 PM

Right. But good for writing on. :-)

Posted by: Maggie at January 5, 2009 2:24 PM

I've seen full page magnifiers, usually hand-held and light weight. Someone needs to make a glass magnifier/book weight. For those of us who are going slowly blind, such a device would serve two very valuable purposes.

Posted by: Kitten Herder at January 5, 2009 4:10 PM

Good idea, James. Now I see the utility of a glass cutting board!

Posted by: Patti M. at January 6, 2009 7:01 AM

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