I have all of Ina's books and often can't remember where a particular recipe came from. This journal has a handy index for just those times. The subsections are, in this order: cocktails, lunch, sandwiches, soups, salads, dinner, vegetables, sides, fruit desserts, cakes, cookies and bars, pies and tarts, other desserts, breakfast, breads, drinks, and kid food. I find the categories a bit random and not always obvious. For example, Mache with Warm Brie and Apples is listed under "lunch". The first place I'd look though would be "salads". Herbed-Baked Eggs and Scrambled Eggs with Truffles are also listed under "lunch". Yes, they'd make lovely lunches, but since there is a "breakfast" category, that's the first place I'd look for egg dishes. Also, the recipes are listed by name, not ingredient-so a quick look for eggs would not lead you to these dishes. I'd prefer the index be organized by food type or main ingredient. The books themselves are referenced by number, with a key on the bottom of each page, which is helpful. Probably done to save space-even using initials for the book titles would have been a strain on the index space. It's easy enough to shelve my books in order of publication. The journal is divided with tabs; to start, salads & soups, dinner, vegetables, desserts and breakfast. Each divider has a picture of the one recipe pertaining to that section that is included in the journal and an Ina quote on the other side, with a pocket for clippings and such. Each section has a generous number of lined pages for jotting down notes, lists and/or recipes. All in all, this is a great little companion volume to Ina's wonderful books. I gave it four stars because of my issues with the index.