How To Make a Family Cookbook


In life, there are some things that almost everyone agrees about and love of family is one of those areas of agreement.  Add food to the mix and you have the perfect combination.

How-To Make a Family Cookbook - Preserve Family Memories

Why Make a Family Cookbook?

Many of the recipes I share here on the blog are family recipes and sharing them always gives me a sense of sadness and a sense of happiness.

How-To Make a Family Cookbook - Preserve Family Memories

The sadness is because some of the recipes are my Mom's and I miss her (so much) but I know she would be thrilled that I was sharing 'her' recipes and for me, that means a lot.

Making a family cookbook is also a way for me to keep her and her mother's recipes alive for my kids and other family members.

While having some of the recipes on the blog is great, it isn't the same as having a cookbook with everything in one place and that's why I'm putting mine together through CreateMyCookbook

It's such a wonderful way to preserve memories to keep for yourself or to give as a gift to other family members.

How-To Make a Family Cookbook - Preserve Family Memories

Gather Your Recipes

Right now, I'm going through the process of collecting recipes from here on the blog, from my Mother's cookbook (the yellow floral binder) and from my Grandmother's cookbook.

How-To Make a Family Cookbook - Preserve Family Memories

My Grandmother's cookbook is falling apart so I don't go through it often. 

I don't want to destroy what's left of it so that's all the more reason to pull the recipes now and have them printed for future generations.

How-To Make a Family Cookbook - Preserve Family Memories

The process of physically going through the recipes has been quite a trip down memory lane, seeing my Mother's handwriting, wondering what she was thinking or what was going on in her life at the time. 

The recipe above is actually one of my favorites.  It's a recipe for Apricot Cookies

The last time I had them they were made by her. 

Maybe someday I'll make them for my kids. 

Whether I do or don't, this recipe will be making it into the Family Cookbook

I have so many good memories of her making these while listening to Christmas carols. (She only made them once a year!)

How-To Make a Family Cookbook - Preserve Family Memories

I also came across a recipe handwritten by my Father.  ♥ 

He was quite the cook and baker but didn't get a chance to flex those creative muscles much since my Mom was very particular about her kitchen

I get my cleaning fanaticism from her. 

How I'm Making My Family Cookbook

How-To Make a Family Cookbook - Preserve Family Memories
How-To Make a Family Cookbook - Preserve Family Memories
How-To Make a Family Cookbook - Preserve Family Memories

I have been entering the recipes via the CreateMyCookbook site and it has been easy and fun and I love seeing it all come together. 

I've been playing around with fonts, adding pictures, sections (just like a regular cookbook) and more.

I can't wait to get my cookbook and once I do I'll share it with you so you can see for yourself how beautiful it is.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a wonderful personal gift to give family members, start to gather your family recipes and head over to CreateMyCookbook.  

You'll be so glad you did and those who receive such a personal treasure will be thrilled and think of you every time they use it.

Preserve Your Family's Story - How to Make a Family Cookbook

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  1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Your mother and grandmother's cookbooks are treasures for sure. I envy you, Mary Beth... I wish I had so many of my mom's recipes. She was a talented baker for sure. What a great gift for the future (daughters-in-law) and for you to use every day. This is the BEST idea!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Diane! I'm sorry you don't have many of your mom's recipes - I am very thankful for what I have. xo

  2. The site looks perfect! Just the type of cookbook us love to make! But I didn’t come across any pricing. Can you share how much this cost?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Kathleen, There are multiple different cookbook options, softcover, wired, etc. The pricing for my particular one can be found here: You can play around with how many pages, how many photos, etc., and that will add adjust the price accordingly. I hope that helps. mb 🙂