Food is Memories

We believe the fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.
The Keepsake Kitchen Diary™ by Lily & Val is the first product of its kind, marrying recipes and memories for generations to come.


Watch our video explaining the heart behind the Kitchen Diary

A DIY Cookbook + Journal


Thoughtful organization

With room for approximately 200 recipes, the diary is divided into 6 sections: starters, soups/salads, main courses, side dishes, desserts and miscellaneous.
Pockets are included on the inside front & back covers for storing photos and special tokens.


Unexpected details

An exclusive hand-drawn illustration accompanies each section along with helpful cooking references and guides. Each diary also contains 12 tear-out recipe cards to share.


Sturdy construction

The Kitchen Diary is as functional as it is lovely with tough gold wire-o binding and coated covers for protection from light spills. Our no-bleed paper ensures ink will not show through.


The story...

Page after page, Valerie McKeehan and her mother turned from one recipe to another. They were searching through Valerie's grandmother's tattered notebook where she hand-wrote her favorite recipes. More than ingredients (and grease marks), each page contained a flood of memories recounted by her mother through stories about each dish. The conversation was filled with laughter, happiness, and even a few tears. Valerie treasured the memories accompanying the recipes and realized that without the stories, something would be lost.

Her mission was clear: Create a DIY cookbook with room for special recipes and a journal to record the memories attached to them. Lily & Val is proud to introduce the very first product of its kind: The Keepsake Kitchen Diary™. The Diary exists as a functional, beautiful holder for your most treasured recipes, but we’ve made room for what makes the recipes precious: the memories. Each spread provides ample space to record dates, occasions, and thoughts in a meaningful way. Our hope is that this cookbook will bring joy to you and the the people you love for generations.



A Heartfelt Gift...

The Keepsake Kitchen Diary™ is the perfect gift for mom, brides, newlyweds, or anyone who loves to cook! Give an empty kitchen diary for the recipient to fill out on their own or handwrite the recipes in advance, allowing them to cook through the book and add their own memories along the way.

Lily & Val is a company built on the idea of cherishing the simple things in everyday living. How often these simple things become the big things when we reminisce about the past! Whether you love to cook or just dabble in the kitchen, we hope this diary allows you to savor each moment, memory, and bite just a little bit more.


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