Holidays are the Best Time to Start a Family Cookbook

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Family Cookbooks are a great way to preserve favorite family foods and they also make great gifts.

To most of us, the year-end holidays are a time of family, friends and a lot of food. While these times can be hectic with all of the running around that needs to be done, it is also the best 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. "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 http://www.familycookbookproject.com, 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."

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

Start Early - Getting everyone on board a soon as possible will get your personal cookbook off to a fast start. Send everyone an email to invite them to participate.

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 months 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 them 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 http://www.FamilyCookbookProject.com, to help organize your family cookbook. Here are just some of the benefits of the Family Cookbook Project::

  • Editors can send contributors an email to invite them to participate in the family cookbook. The site also makes it easy to send regular updates by email to some or all of the contributors.
  • Allows individuals to enter their recipes directly into the online family cookbook so it does not fall entirely on the editor.
  • Provides an easy way to share recipes online. Contributors have access to everyone's recipes even before the final family cookbook is printed.
  • Provides many options for recipe layout and cover selections or allows you to create your own cover.

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 http://www.familycookbookproject.com.

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 (http://www.familycookbookproject.com) was recently named the Best Family Website by the Web Marketing Association's WebAward Competition for the second year in a row. 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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