One of my friends let me borrow her cookbook once and specifically requested that I write my comments right alongside the recipe after I had tried it.
What a wonderful idea! Not only did it give her another person’s opinion of the recipe but it gave her a very personalized way to remember me. I have since started doing this also.
I use the following rating scale:
- Excellent – It looks great and tastes great — enough so that I would serve it to guests with confidence, knowing that they would enjoy it.
- Very Good – It tastes great but may not have the WOW factor I would want to serve to my guests in terms of appearance. I would make it again for my family.
- Good – Nothing special. I would not make it again.
As an aside, I also have been using the same rating scale for the last 20 years for the books that I read. I started doing this because I actually read a book twice, not remembering it until near the end. My thoughts were that if it was not good enough to remember the first time, it was not good enough to read twice.