Offers Tips to Start a Successful Family Cookbook for the Holidays

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Family cookbooks are an important way to preserve our mealtime traditions for future generations. makes creating and printing a family cookbook easy and affordable.

When families gather for the holidays, food usually plays an important role in the get-together. Meals for large families are often "pot-luck" with many different relatives contributing different dishes to make the meal a success. While these times can be hectic with all of the running around that needs to be done, it is also a great time to start a family cookbook project says one expert.

"Many of the family holiday traditions start in the kitchen and center around the meals we serve our family and guests at this time of the year, says William Rice, Founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a three time winner of the Web Marketing Association's WebAward. "What better way to celebrate our family food traditions than to preserve them for future generations in a family cookbook. There is no better time to start planning a family cookbook than over a wonderful meal during the holidays".

A successful family cookbook needs at least one dedicated individual to lead the project as editor. This person gets the project off the ground and invites family members to contribute recipes. Once a labor intensive task, now families are using the Internet to simplify the project. "A website, such as, can provide step by step instructions and tools to help the family member serving as cookbook editor to contact others and encourage them to enter their favorite recipes directly into the online system," says Rice "The editor then simply reviews and edits the recipes, selects printing options, and sends the cookbook to be printed. The finished printed cookbooks are received in a few weeks time and can be enjoyed and preserved forever. These cookbooks also make great gifts."

Here are some tips from to help make your family's personalized cookbook a success:

Invite everyone to participate - Don't just invite the family cooks. Everyone has at least one recipe that they can contribute to the cookbook. Use email to invite and stay in touch with contributors. Let them see what others have submitted to encourage them to keep adding their best recipes.

Set a deadline - Set a deadline one or two month in the future to have all of your recipes submitted. Most people work better if they know they face a hard deadline. If you don't have enough recipes at the deadline, you can always extend it.

Keep in touch - After the holidays, keep in touch with everyone via email. Send regular updates and let then know who is participating and who is not. Set a goal to have every family member contribute at least one recipe so they can be listed in the list of contributors.

Consider using a Website, like, to help organize your family cookbook. The site allows everyone to enter their own recipes making it easier for the editor.

Family cookbooks are an important way to preserve our mealtime traditions for future generations. With the passing of our loved ones comes the loss of treasured food traditions. A family cookbook ensures that the recipes from one generation can be passed on to the next as a treasured family heirloom. Once the recipes are preserved online, they can be shared with other family members by email, printed individual and included in your own professionally printed cookbook.

For more information on how your family can make a family cookbook, go to the Family Cookbook Project Website.

About the Great Family Cookbook Project
The Family Cookbook Project is dedicated to helping individuals and families collect and preserve the time-honored recipes that are so important to our family traditions. The Family Cookbook Project has been named the Best Family Website by the Web Marketing Association's WebAward Competition twice. The website has helped thousands of families and groups coordinate the creation of personalized cookbooks by provides step-by-step instructions and online tools to create a valuable family heirloom. Personalized cookbooks are also used by schools and church groups as important fundraisers.

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