How You Can Make Your Own (Quick and Easy) Family Cookbook

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I have a really fun project to share with you today. The folks at Family Cookbook Project reached out recently and asked if I would like to use their software to create a printed family cookbook. Yes, please! As it turns out, my sister and I have been gathering my mother’s old recipes together and trying to come up with some way to share them with the family.

My Mom died in 2019 and suffered from dementia before her death so we have already lost the opportunity to get cooking tips and secrets from her.  My mom was a great cook and each of us fondly remembers at least one of her signature dishes. I loved the idea of creating a cookbook of her “greatest hits” so we can all remember her by making some of her favorite dishes for our own families.

My cookbook turned out wonderfully and everyone in the family wants a copy. This would be a great family gift at Christmas. Mother’s Day is coming up and I can’t think of a better gift for the mom in your life than a cookbook of treasured family recipes.

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Would you like to create your own family cookbook? It’s so easy.

Get Started Creating Your Own Family Cookbook

Getting started couldn’t be easier. You simply go to the Family Cookbook Project, select Get Started from the menu, and create an account for your family’s recipes. They offer free accounts, so you don’t need to pay anything to start saving your recipes and creating your cookbook.

They do also offer a premium account (the first 30 days are free) which lets you create multiple cooks,  have multiple contributors to help you make your cookbook, and select from a variety of layout options for your cookbook. 

Gather Your Recipes

Now, you need to gather the recipes you want to include. This was the most fun step for me. I took a day to visit my sister in Atlanta, who is the keeper of my mother’s cookbooks and recipes. We looked through everything she has, talked about our favorite recipes from my mom, and shared our memories of Mom.

Her cookbooks alone are a family treasure. Look at the detailed notes she took for every special meal she cooked. I knew I wanted to make sure I included my mom’s notes and spirit in the cookbook I created.

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Add Your Recipes to Your Family Cookbook

Once we decided what recipes to include, I just needed to enter the recipes on the Family Cookbook site. I was a little overwhelmed by the thought of entering all of my mom’s recipes, but the process was so quick that I finished the task in a single day.

I love that you can add a photograph for each recipe. If a recipe was on a handwritten index card, I added a picture of the card to the recipe so we could all enjoy her spirit when we cooked her favorites.

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I loved being able to add photos to each recipe so we could capture My mom’s notes and revisions.

You can also add notes to each recipe. I included any notes my mom had jotted down on the recipe, the complete menu for the meal she served this recipe with, or just any odd facts or memories I remembered.

Format Your Cookbook

 Once I had all the recipes entered, it was time to make my cookbook! The Family Cookbook Project website walks you through formatting your cookbook with an easy menu of the steps you need to follow. It’s really just a matter of answering questions about how you want your cookbook to look as you go through the steps.

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You can select from a variety of pre-made covers. Black and white covers are free or you can pay $.50 per cookbook if you want to create your own full-color cookbook. This is such a special cookbook to my family that I opted to pay extra to get the full-color cover and I’m so glad I did because it turned out beautifully.

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How to Print Your Cookbook

Once you’ve formatted your cookbook, to your liking, you can create a preview of how it will look when printed to make sure you’re happy with the final project. You can download this preview and print it yourself or you can do what I did and have the Family Cookbook Project print and bind your new cookbook.

They include a calculator on their site so you can see how much your cookbook will cost.

I ordered three cookbooks so I could see how they turned out before I got more copies made. It took just a little over a week for my cookbooks to arrive and I was thrilled with the results.

Beth Wilkerson’s Frozen Fruit Salad

I celebrated the arrival of the cookbook by making one of my mother’s favorite recipes – Old-Fashioned Frozen Fruit Salad. My mom included this dish at almost every special meal she hosted. Like so many vintage recipes, it sounds a little disgusting (sour cream and sugar?) but is actually quite delicious. 

It’s also shockingly easy to make.

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Check out The Family Cookbook Project to learn more about creating your own family cookbook. This is a project everyone will love.

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This post is sponsored by Family Cookbook Project and includes tracking links. For more information about tracking links and how to opt out, please visit All About Do Not Track prior to clicking any links found in this post.

I have a really fun project to share with you today. The folks at Family Cookbook Project reached out recently and asked if I would like to use their software to create a printed family cookbook. Yes, please! As it turns out, my sister and I have been gathering my mother’s old recipes together and trying to come up with some way to share them with the family.

My Mom died in 2019 and suffered from dementia before her death so we have already lost the opportunity to get cooking tips and secrets from her.  My mom was a great cook and each of us fondly remembers at least one of her signature dishes. I loved the idea of creating a cookbook of her “greatest hits” so we can all remember her by making some of her favorite dishes for our own families.

My cookbook turned out wonderfully and everyone in the family wants a copy. This would be a great family gift at Christmas. Mother’s Day is coming up and I can’t think of a better gift for the mom in your life than a cookbook of treasured family recipes.

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Would you like to create your own family cookbook? It’s so easy.

Get Started Creating Your Own Family Cookbook

Getting started couldn’t be easier. You simply go to the Family Cookbook Project, select Get Started from the menu, and create an account for your family’s recipes. They offer free accounts, so you don’t need to pay anything to start saving your recipes and creating your cookbook.

They do also offer a premium account (the first 30 days are free) which lets you create multiple cooks,  have multiple contributors to help you make your cookbook, and select from a variety of layout options for your cookbook. 

Gather Your Recipes

Now, you need to gather the recipes you want to include. This was the most fun step for me. I took a day to visit my sister in Atlanta, who is the keeper of my mother’s cookbooks and recipes. We looked through everything she has, talked about our favorite recipes from my mom, and shared our memories of Mom.

Her cookbooks alone are a family treasure. Look at the detailed notes she took for every special meal she cooked. I knew I wanted to make sure I included my mom’s notes and spirit in the cookbook I created.

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Add Your Recipes to Your Family Cookbook

Once we decided what recipes to include, I just needed to enter the recipes on the Family Cookbook site. I was a little overwhelmed by the thought of entering all of my mom’s recipes, but the process was so quick that I finished the task in a single day.

I love that you can add a photograph for each recipe. If a recipe was on a handwritten index card, I added a picture of the card to the recipe so we could all enjoy her spirit when we cooked her favorites.

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I loved being able to add photos to each recipe so we could capture My mom’s notes and revisions.

You can also add notes to each recipe. I included any notes my mom had jotted down on the recipe, the complete menu for the meal she served this recipe with, or just any odd facts or memories I remembered.

Format Your Cookbook

 Once I had all the recipes entered, it was time to make my cookbook! The Family Cookbook Project website walks you through formatting your cookbook with an easy menu of the steps you need to follow. It’s really just a matter of answering questions about how you want your cookbook to look as you go through the steps.

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You can select from a variety of pre-made covers. Black and white covers are free or you can pay $.50 per cookbook if you want to create your own full-color cookbook. This is such a special cookbook to my family that I opted to pay extra to get the full-color cover and I’m so glad I did because it turned out beautifully.

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How to Print Your Cookbook

Once you’ve formatted your cookbook, to your liking, you can create a preview of how it will look when printed to make sure you’re happy with the final project. You can download this preview and print it yourself or you can do what I did and have the Family Cookbook Project print and bind your new cookbook.

They include a calculator on their site so you can see how much your cookbook will cost.

I ordered three cookbooks so I could see how they turned out before I got more copies made. It took just a little over a week for my cookbooks to arrive and I was thrilled with the results.

Beth Wilkerson’s Frozen Fruit Salad

I celebrated the arrival of the cookbook by making one of my mother’s favorite recipes – Old-Fashioned Frozen Fruit Salad. My mom included this dish at almost every special meal she hosted. Like so many vintage recipes, it sounds a little disgusting (sour cream and sugar?) but is actually quite delicious. 

It’s also shockingly easy to make.

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Check out The Family Cookbook Project to learn more about creating your own family cookbook. This is a project everyone will love.

Pin on Pinterest Now!

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