A black and white family cookbook stapled together costs practically nothing, but those recipes can be a very precious gift. You can also print it in color, take it to a copy shop, or put it in a more elaborate binder if you can afford a little more.
Boise, ID (PRWEB) December 12, 2008
Many families are finding the true meaning of Christmas in a tight economy by making their own family heritage cookbook, says do-it-yourself cookbook expert Erin Miller. Miller's Boise, Idaho-based company, The Cookbook People (http://www.cookbookpeople.com), specializes in software that transforms ordinary family recipes into a formatted, professional-style cookbook, complete with photos and family history, that can be published on a home printer for as little as two or three dollars.
New Family Heritage Activity
With traveling back home and gift giving being significantly curtailed this holiday season, Miller has noticed that many families are opting to spend time together instead of mall shopping for elaborate gifts. Making their own family heritage cookbook is one way to stay connected with relatives both near and far, she adds.
"We are in back-to-basics mode now," Miller asserts. "Families are becoming more creative in their efforts to enjoy the season, and introducing a fun activity for the whole family, such as making a family heritage cookbook, is a sure-fire way to gain participation from all family members."
Do-It-Yourself Cookbook Publishing
Along with singing Christmas carols, decorating a Christmas tree or gingerbread house, Miller says Christmas Eve or Christmas Day can be filled with the enjoyment of making a family cookbook together. Having a digital camera handy to capture the fun and add photos to the cookbook will make it even more memorable.
"If everyone brings at least one recipe, the heritage cookbook can be assembled and printed in just hours using a home computer and printer, and family members can walk away with a personalized family gift they have literally made themselves with our unique, easy to use Matilda's Fantastic Cookbook Software."
Printing the cookbook at home can cost nothing more than paper and toner cartridge, Miller says. "A black and white family cookbook stapled together costs practically nothing, but those recipes can be a very precious gift. You can also print it in color, take it to a copy shop, or put it in a more elaborate binder if you can afford a little more."
Return to Comfort Foods
In addition, a family cookbook is a gift of heritage that keeps giving over time," Miller explains. "Our uncertain economy means families will return to familiar comfort foods that are easy to prepare and inexpensive because they use mostly fresh ingredients. For example, making Grandma's Turkey Soup recipe from the family cookbook with remnants of the carved Christmas turkey could become a real family cooking adventure!"
Miller observes that Christmas is really all about relationships and community, even across countries. "I'm originally from England, and I started this business after I made a cookbook to share my family's recipes with my husband's family. But I found that as I made the book, I was reaching out to family members I'd started to lose touch with. I added their photos and sent them copies of the book. Now at Christmas I know I won't see everybody, but a little piece of them is here with me in my family cookbook."
Savvy shoppers can avoid mall crowds by buying Matilda's Fantastic Cookbook Software online at the CookbookPeople.com store. Most who buy the software are using it:
- To use at home to make a family cookbook gift for other family members.
- To present as a gift to family members so they can make their own cookbook.
Matilda's Fantastic Cookbook Software® 4.0 features easy-to-use cookbook templates for adding family recipes, stories, addresses, birthdays, and photographs; an automatic formatting system with 27 design options to get professional-looking results; and the ability to do it all on a home computer and printer without the cost of outside cookbook vendors or using risky online recipe storage websites.
Matilda's Fantastic Cookbook Software® 4.0 CD is available through http://www.amazon.com or at the do-it-yourself family cookbook site http://www.CookbookPeople.com. The software is available at both websites for $38.67 A software CD plus cookbook easy binding kit is also available for $44.90 through CookbookPeople.com, as well as a free video demonstration of the software's features. The company also offers 3-ring cookbook binder kits. Free shipping is available for orders of $60 and above.