What is a better way to pass on a family tradition of cooking and recipes but by making a family keepsake cookbook? This cookbook is not just any cookbook—it is a special cookbook that will be cherished from generation to generation. Whether you simply want to remember delicious recipes taught to you by your mother or you want to give something for your daughters, making family keepsake cookbooks can surely help.
Fortunately, making a family keepsake cookbook is not that difficult. It is fun! If you love scrapbooking, then you’ll surely love making this keepsake cookbook as well. Here are the steps you should follow to make a family keepsake cookbook:
Blank cookbook. Get something where you can paste or write on family keepsake recipes. It can be an old or new notebook or a binder. It’s better to get a binder that allows you adding up more pages so you can continue adding more family recipes there. You can have it short or long depending on your preference—whatever it is won’t affect the beauty of this project in any way.
Collect recipes. This is the best part—collecting recipes. But not all recipes should be included in the family cookbook. Include only the family-friendly recipes that you think will be cherished by your children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren.
Design. Every page will have unique design that will fit the recipe. But you can also follow one common format so that designing won’t be so much of a hassle. Choose the format you want but make sure you’ll have picture of the finished recipe. For better design, you can also put pictures of the ingredients as well as the procedure to do it. You can also put the picture from whom you learned the recipes, say you aunt or you mom.
Organize. Since you will be making a never-ending family keepsake cookbook, it will be ideal to divide it in different categories. Say, you can divide the recipes into drinks, salads, cookies, cakes, appetizers, soup, main entrée, or desserts. You can also categorize recipes depending on the occasion, say Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday, or New Year.
The cover. This is the most obvious part on the keepsake cookbook so make it beautiful. You can have your family’s picture on there or pictures of family favorites. It’s up to you and your creativity. Better ask help from your kids to do this—children have better imagination. You might get great design ideas from them.
Protection. Remember that the purpose of a family keepsake cookbook is to pass it on from generation to generation. Therefore, it should be protected well like an important family treasure. You can provide an envelope for it or you can laminate every page of the cookbook. Make sure also to place it far from any source of moisture or heat. You want this cookbook to last for a lifetime so do what your generation can to protect it.
Finally, you now have something that your family can call your own. A family keepsake cookbook is a great way to pass on a lovely family tradition—cooking.