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Putting Together Your Cookbook
by Vela Paan

There are so many reasons that you might want to create a family cookbook. The most obvious reason is so that you can preserve some of the family recipes that have been handed down throughout the generations. The truth is that most of us note down a few recipes on scraps of paper, and these quickly become faded or dirty, tucked away in hard to find places. We might even lose our treasured recipe that our grandma first taught us when you were young. If this is the case, you will never be able to replicate that recipe.

Putting together a cookbook for your family might not be sophisticated. It could just be a collection of loose paper, held together in a binder. However, the truth is that you will most likely use these recipes to recreate your favorite meals time and time again. Food is better than anything else for bringing back those memories of family occasions and celebrations, and those life changing moments.

Creating a cookbook can provide you with a structure in which to record all of these family memories and history. If you like, you can even include photographs to go with your recipes. These might be of family gatherings or those who have contributed to the cookbook. There may also be a number of funny stories to tell, or even family trees that can be added to the book. Looking at the recipes used throughout the generations means we can see how our diet has changed and how much it means in part of our traditions.

It is so much easier now than before to create your own family cookbook. There are a number of different resources available online, as well as software that can help you to organize your recipes. Websites can store your recipes for you, and ultimately help you to create your memorable cookbook.

If you want to create your family cookbook, then here are a few things you can bear in mind to make it a little easier:

Firstly you should choose one family member to be the editor of the cookbook. You can also get others to help review the entries to make it a little less stressful.

Next, you can decide whether to print your cookbook in a hard copy or simply make it as an eBook. It is always nice to have your cookbook printed and bound, as this allows you to get the format exactly right and add in any photos you wish.

Next you should think about how to organize your cookbook. For example, you could choose to organize your cookbook according to the course and the category of food, or you can organize it according to different food groups - even by celebrations, like Easter and Thanksgiving.

There are so many useful resources online that can help you to produce a memorable family cookbook. Try getting a complete package that contains all of the design templates you need, and one that even includes printing options.

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