How to Make a Family Cookbook
Create a family cookbook that you can cherish and pass down to the next generation. Our family wanted to create a special heirloom, one that could be shared by the whole family and be passed down for generations to come. So, we make a family cookbook. We asked all the family members to submit a recipe, a short story about the recipe and a few family photos. We complied all the information and turned it into a family cookbook.
Making the cookbook was a fun family project, and a great way to preserve our family mealtime traditions for future generations. I cherish my family cookbook, and encourage you to make one for your family too. Here are detailed directions on how we create our family cookbook.
What you need to make a family cookbook:
- Divider tabs
- Clear sheet protectors (this is optional but I suggest you use them to protect and preserve the cookbook pages)
- Family recipes
- (Optional) Family photos
- Front page photo of great grandparents
- Dedication page
- Table of Contents (list of contributors and their ancestor)
- Recipes from family members (some family members included a short story about the recipe along with a few family photos)
- Photos of ancestors
- Tabs to divide the recipes into sections. You won't know what to label the tabs until you collect all the recipes. Our tabs were labeled:
- Beverages, dips and appetizers
- Soups and salads
- Main dishes
Photo: Tab Dividers
Clear sheet protectors will help to protect and preserve the recipes and photos in your family cookbook.
Use tab inserts to divide the recipes into categories, such as breads, main dishes, dessert....and so on.
Your cookbook should include a table of contents that lists the contributors and their relation.
Use a clear view binder if you want to showcase a photo on the front of your binder.
Buy in bulk if you are making family cookbooks for several family members.
We added a Table of Contents after the dedication page and before the recipes. We listed the recipe contributors in alphabetical order and which ancestor they were related to. I blocked out the last names in this photo for privacy reasons.
We sent out a mass e-mail to all our family members and asked them to submit a family recipe. We encouraged them to add a short story about the recipe and some photos. Some family members replied by e-mail, others mailed handwritten recipes.
The back of our family cookbook has a "Kitchen Prayer" and a "Recipe for Happiness".
My Kitchen Prayer
Bless my pretty kitchen Lord and light it with Thy Love
Help me plan and cook my meals from Thy heavenly home above
Bless our meals with Thy Presence and Warm them with They Grace
Watch over me as I do my work washing pots and pans and plates
The service I am trying to do is to make my family content
So bless my meager efforts Lord and make them heaven sent
Recipe for Happiness
- 2 heaping cups of patience
- 1 heartful of love
- 2 handfuls of generosity
- 1 dash of laughter
- 1 headful of understanding
Sprinkle generously with kindness. Add plenty of faith. Mix well. Spread over a life-time. Serve everyone you meet.
Mom's Peach Cobbler
My favorite recipe in our family cookbook is mom's peach cobbler. She makes it for all our family parties. It is a recipe that her mother passed down to her....and one that I will be sure to pass down to the next generation. It's super delicious and easy to make.
- 2 large cans of peachs
- Refrigerated biscuits, enough to fill an oblong pan
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons of cinnamon sugar mix for topping
- Preheat the over at 350 degrees.
- Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl.
- Pour the peaches in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until they begin to boil.
- Add the flour mixture to the peaches and cook until it becomes thick.
- Pour the peaches into an oblong pan.
- Break the biscuits into smaller pieces and lay them on top of the peaches.
- Sprinkle 3 teaspoons of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the biscuits.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and push the biscuits down into the sauce.
- Sever warm or cold.
Severs 8-12 people, depending on the serving size.
Tastes delicious served with a side of vanilla ice cream!
A family cookbook is a wonderful way to share your family recipes and pay tribute to your ancestors. It also makes a wonderful gift to pass down from generation to generation.
The first step to creating your family cookbook is to ask your family members to submit their family recipes. We also encouraged them to submit a few family photos and a short story about the recipe. The photos and stories make a nice addition to the family cookbook.
After we collected all the recipes, and before the cookbooks were made, we asked family members to submit an order for the cookbook along with the number of cookbooks they wanted. So one person didn't incur all the costs of making and shipping the cookbooks to each family, we charged $15 per cookbook.
Here are some awesome binders for creating a family cookbook. They hold 175-540 pages, depending on which binder size you order. There are 3 binder sizes available. You can also personalize them with your family name or other message, and with your own photos. Personalization is free. The cost of the binder varies, depending on the design and size you order.
Click on any recipe binder to view prices and customization options.
Another option for making a family cookbook is to make one online at the makethefamilycookbook web site. This is a little more tedious though because you have to type in each recipe rather than having your family members submit their recipes to you.
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