With today's software programs, cookbook publishing is easy. What a great way to preserve your family's favorite recipes and traditions and even document geneaology. By including a bit of family history, old letters, photos of get-togethers, written memories and favorite recipes, you will create a cherished family heirloom that will be passed down for generations.
Creating a family cookbook can be accomplished in many ways. Make a
recipe book with a casual feel that resembles a scrapbook with
handwritten recipes, photos and interesting stories about where the
recipes came from and how they were used to mark life passages. Include
interesting bits of information about the family member who submitted
the recipe, along with their date of birth and important life events or
accomplishments. Of course, if you want to make more than one, doing it
this way will take you forever.
Instead of doing it by hand, we recommend that you use our favorite online cookbook publishing software. Since the tools are online, you do not need to purchase any software. This online tool allows you to create a cookbook that looks more polished and professional, yet still has a family-feel. Using print-on-demand publishing, you can print ten or twenty copies (or more) at a time and give them to every member of your family. Using this method, you will scan all your photographs and handwritten recipes into your computer, then layout them out to determine the look and feel of the pages. You can even create different sections and a table of contents.
Before you begin designing your family cookbook, ask yourself what
your goals are. If you want to use it to preserve customs, then make
sure to note the ethnic origin of each recipe and how the dish was used
to celebrate different traditions. If you want to preserve history, then
include stories, photographs, geneaology and memorabilia. You might
even want to include newspaper clippings to indicate the spirit of the
times. If you are passing on culinary skills, then include cooking and
baking tips from the best chefs in your family. Take photographs,
showing them at work.
After you're finished with your
cookbook, decide how to distribute it. Will it be given as a birthday
gift when each family member reaches a certain age? Will it be given as a
keepsake at birth? Do you plan to hand out the recipe books as surprise
gifts at an upcoming family reunion? Consider giving the family recipe
book as a wedding gift to newlyweds or graduates, encouraging them to
honor cherished family traditions.
Once you've gone
through the process of cookbook publishing, you may decide to use this
idea as a fundraiser. Imagine everyone in your church contributing a
recipe and then selling the book to the community at-large. People love
to buy a book of recipes which have been prepared and served with love
for generations. Beyond that, recipe books are great sellers.