A family cookbook is a great project with many benefits. You document all of the favorite recipes of the family. Plus you teach your child cooking skills and incorporate literacy with the project. It’s fun and educational. Here’s how to get started.
The first step is to decide which recipes to include. The choice is up to you. Start with the recipes you cook a lot in your home. These are the meals your kids will remember when they get older. They’ll appreciate having the recipes documented. You might also reach out to other relatives, such as grandparents or aunts and uncles. Think about the dishes that you look forward to at family gatherings and ask for those recipes. It’s a great way to preserve a little piece of history about your family.
Printing the Recipes
The next decision is how to print the recipes. If you’re including recipes from different family members, have them hand write the recipes on recipe cards. This captures a little bit of the person too. The other option is to type all of the recipes onto the computer and print them out. This allows you to choose the font and style you want to use.
Pictures can make a cookbook even better. Who doesn’t love to see the finished dish when trying to choose a recipe? It will take some work, but take pictures of all of the meals as you prepare them. You can always add in pictures after you finish the cookbook if you don’t want to wait that long. Leave a spot for pictures when you do the page layouts.
Assembling the Cookbook
An easy way to assemble the cookbook is to make it a scrapbook style project. Your kids can help choose scrapbook papers and embellishments that fit the recipes. They can also help decide on the layout so the recipe and pictures show. Slip the pages into page protectors so they don’t get ruined when you use the cookbook.
Another option is to have a photo book printed. You can order them from many different websites. You’ll have to take a photo of the recipe to include in the book. You can also include the pictures of the dishes. When you create the book online, you have some control over the layout. This option gives you a nice bound book that will last.