Creating a Family Recipe Scrapbook
by Audrey Okaneko
I can not tell you how many times I?ve called my mom and
said ?mom I just have to have your recipe for such and
such?. It?s been a slow accumulation of recipes, but she
chuckles each time I realize I need yet another recipe from
Now that I have an adult daughter of my own I really
wanted to pass the recipes on to her also. Many of these
recipes she?s been eating since she was old enough for
solids. My daughter also has a recipe book from her aunt on
her dad?s side.
Recipe scrapbooks can be given to aunts, uncles, cousins,
children etc. A 6x6 scrapbook works wonderfully. They are
large enough to hold a 3x5 index card. You can also use an
8x8 scrapbook and have the recipes on paper, instead of
I think it?s a great mix to combine photos and recipes.
For example, a group family photo at the beginning of the
album is a great way to start off the album. If you?ve asked
for recipes from multiple family members, put a photo of the
recipe submitter on one page and the recipe on the opposite
It?s also a great help to have a shopping list. Consider
the actual recipe on one page and a shopping list on the
opposite page. I very often take a recipe to the market with
me and shop off the recipe page. By creating the list, the
recipe book holder just needs to remove the shopping list
page and take it to the market.
Another idea is to create a bit of history with your
recipes. If you?ve had several family members contribute
recipes, consider having the recipe on page, photos on one
page and a bit of information on the author on a 3rd page.
Most scrapbooks are very expandable, so there is room for
many pages in one album.
All of my cookbooks have measurement charts and
converters in them, so when making a recipe album, it?s
great to add this information to either the back or the
Recipe albums are a great gift for both the new bride,
especially if the gift comes from her husband?s family with
recipes for all of the dishes he grew up with and for the
college graduate setting up their first home.
Audrey Okaneko may be contacted at
Audrey Okaneko has been working from home since 1983. She
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visited at