Item #: j-2056
Italian Casserole Cooking
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Italian Casserole Cooking outside covers
This one-of-a-kind journal is upcycled from a discarded cookbook, "Italian Cassserole Cooking," by Angela Catanzaro.
OK, I went a little crazy with the cover.  My first thought was an Italian cookbook needs some spaghetti so I  used some fuzzy white cord I had lying around instead of the ribbon I normally use.  The cord serves as anchors for the stitches holding the blank  journal pages to the cover.  Then, of course, the spaghetti needed a fork!
I bound the five signatures of pages (a term for groups of pages folded together) to the cover using long and kettle stitches.  These are visible on the spine.
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inside
                pages
The pages of the journal are hand torn from white paper to the size of the cover.
I include out-of-context quotes on several of the pages which may prompt written commentary or suggest, possibly, particular recipes.

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let-it-cool quote
Note: I give the page number of each quote, when available, and list the publication information on the last page of the journal.  Perhaps this quote suggests a recipe for hot weather or for the end of a particularly frustrating day.

makes-enough quote
  Writers may react for or against the prompts or ignore them all together. 
 
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judgement quote
Or they may use the quote as the starting point for a meandering thought or recipe journey.


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inside
                front
I used a copy onto cardstock of my original watercolor painting to line the inside front and back covers and to reinforce the spine.
 

inside back
On the last page of the journal is my unique signature medallion, which also indicates the year I made the book.
The journal has an attached beaded ribbon bookmark.  Notice that the bead is a tiny, Italian I'm sure, wine bottle. 

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bookmark
I include a paper bookmark listing the book's main features.

Dimensions of the journal are approximately 8.5" x 6.5" x 1".

 
 
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