Creating a family cookbook is a fun way to preserve recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next. It is also something that can be added to by future generations, making it a constant work in progress.
Family cookbooks can also be given as gifts to close friends and youngsters just starting out on their own. For some young people, having a cookbook filled with recipes from loved ones can be comforting because it is a part of home. If you are considering starting a family cookbook, there are some things you might want to think about like the size of the finished book.
The first thing you want to do is figure out what recipes are going to be in your cookbook. A suggestion is to use some of your own creation, some that were passed down from previous generations, some from family friends/neighbors and then leave some blank pages for the next person to add his/her own recipes.
Organize recipes and other sections
The next thing you will want to do is to separate your recipes into categories like appetizers, soups and salads, main course, desserts, etc. You may want to include a section on kitchen tips; little tricks you have picked up over the years. You might be surprised just how handy a tip section really is to a beginner or even novice in the kitchen.
Now it is time to figure out how to put all of those wonderful recipes together. You can opt for something very simple like a three-ring binder or a composition notebook, or you can get really fancy and make a scrapbook. You can also opt for buying a blank cookbook or create one online and have it professionally printed and shipped to you.
Although handwritten recipes can be a little difficult to read, there is just something special about anything handwritten. Along with the binding, you will need to decide if you are going to copy each recipe to the cookbook by hand or print them off of the computer or how you want them done.
As mentioned earlier, a blank cookbook can be purchased and filled with your own wonderful recipes and tips. Usually these cookbooks come with dividers that you can label as you wish. There are usually a few different cover styles to choose from also.
Print at home
You can type up all of your recipes and tips on a word processing program and then print them out on your home printer. You can use a hole punch to punch three holes in each page and then place the pages in a three-ring binder. By making your cookbook this way, you can ensure that the binder will be big enough for people to add on to for many generations to come!
If you are looking for a truly professional looking family cookbook, you can search online for one of the websites that allow you to create your cookbook online and then they will print it and ship it to you. With most of these sites, you can even submit your own photos for each of your recipes!
Putting together a family cookbook is a lot easier than it sounds. Almost any medium will work, what really counts are the recipes and tips that make up the book itself. Think of your family cookbook as a way of preserving some really neat family heritage.