Make a Cookbook: Publish Your Family Cookbook and Create a Cherished Heirloom

Make a cookbook for your family that will preserve favorite recipes and traditions, document geneaology and become a cherished heirloom for generations to come. In this way, you can archive family history around a traditions, family get-togethers and food.

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's celebrations. Include interesting bits of information about the family member who submitted the recipe, along with date of birth and important life events or accomplishments.

If you want to make a cookbook that looks more like a professionally published cookbook but still has a family-feel, use desktop publishing tools and web-based publishing technology. You can print ten or twenty copies at a time with today's print-on-demand technologies. Using this method of cookbook publishing, you will scan all your photographs, handwritten recipes into your computer. You'll type the stories you plan to add, then use a layout program to will determine how the pages will look. You can even create different sections and a table of contents. There are cookbook publishers with online software that will help you create your family cookbook.

Before you begin making your family cookbook, ask yourself what your goals are. If you want to use the family cookbook to preserve customs, then make sure to note the ethnic origin of the recipe and how the dish was used to celebrate traditions. If you want to preserve history, then include stories, photographs, geneaology and memorabilia. You might even want to include newspaper clippings to lend perspective to the spirit of the times. If you are passing on culinary skills, then include cooking and baking tips from the best cooks in your family. Take photographs, showing them at work.

After you've created your family cookbook, decide how to distribute it. Will it be given as a birthday gift when a 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, encouraging them to honor cherished family traditions around gatherings and food.

Once you make a cookbook, you may consider using this idea for fundraisers. Just like in your family, you can get the members of your group to donate time-honored recipes. People love to buy a book of recipes which have been prepared and served with love for generations.

Create a family heirloom - make your own family cookbook!

Article by Laura Ramirez. Laura is the author of the award-winning book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting. The book combines ancient native concepts, such as stewardship, with cutting-edge psychology to teach parents how to raise children to develop their natural strengths and lead uniquely purposeful and fulfilling lives. What greater gift can a parent give a child, than the tools to create a meaningful life? Ms. Ramirez is available for speaking engagements and seminars. Use the Contact Us link on the left of the navigation bar to inquire about her availability.

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