Creating a family cookbook can be a fun and healthy way for families to spend time together while learning healthier eating habits. It’s also a great way to pass down family history to children and grandchildren.
Decide on a theme
- A theme could be holiday recipes or ethnic favorites. Your cookbook could also be a general collection of recipes organized into main dishes, vegetables, salads, soups and desserts.
Collect the recipes
- Ask your family members for recipes. Make sure to collect enough information to be able to use the recipe successfully.
- Information should include:
- Name of recipe
- Name of person contributing it
- A brief description of where it came from, why it’s special
- List of ingredients, including quantities
- Cooking directions, with temperature
- Number of people it serves
- Any special advice: What’s the secret to baking the casserole without burning the bottom or how to tell when a roast is ready to be cut?
- Your child can draw on pages to be added into the cookbook, or you could add family photos.
Prepare the recipes
- Make it a family project by having your child help read over the recipes. You can then make photocopies of recipes or type them into a computer and print them.
Write a short introduction
- Maybe it’s a letter to your children and family about what the recipes mean to you. Or, ask your children what the family recipes mean to them.
Ask someone else to proofread.
- Sometimes they’ll catch mistakes you don’t see!
- There are many different ways to assemble your cookbook. A three-ring binder works well because you can add or edit recipes in the future.
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