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Five Reasons to Make a Christmas Cookbook Now

It’s early September and yes, you really should be thinking about Christmas. At least a little. If you want to put together a lovely family memento that everybody will love, get started now on making a family cookbook.

Here are 5 reasons to start now:

  1. It will save a lot of money. American families averaged $830 in Christmas presents last year. With our software, plus printing and binding and maybe a recipe binder or two, you can still come in at under $85 and have gifts for 7-10 people! That’s around $8/person. And it won’t be a “cheap” gift–it’ll be something sincere and heartfelt!
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  2. Making a cookbook as a Christmas gift is pretty easy. Get our cookbook software (Matilda’s Cookbook Software), type up your recipes, add some photos, select a template and print. Stick them in our recipe binders or have them spiral bound at a local photocopy shop for a few dollars (or do both–the nice binder for the real cooks and spiral bound for everyone else).
  3. It does take a little time though to do it right. You’ll want to pick through your recipes, collect recipes from others in the family, get photos if you want them. Do you really want to be doing this in December with everything going on? Do it now and save yourself the headache.
  4. It will be something everybody will talk about. You’ve just made something that is filled with memories of great meals. You WILL hear somebody say, “I haven’t had that in ages!”
  5. It will be a family tradition. A few years from now others will have used your cookbook and have suggestions to add. Add them in, hit print, and voila, another year of Christmas presents covered!

We’ve had thousands of great stories from our customers who have put together their own family cookbook, and you can do it to. Get started with our software and plan for a really fun Christmas present!

Good cookbooking!

Matilda

Get a Tablet PC on your Fridge for $9.95 (Well, sort of!)

Ok, I admit that headline is a little internet-y. But honestly, you’ve got to see this refrigerator magnet we make now.

This thing is AMAZING! Just look:

It’s not a tablet (or a smart phone for that matter). But Looking up conversions on phones or tablets is unhygienic. A cell phone has 15 times the bacteria than your bathroom, as one example. This is a much cleaner, tap-free way to get all those useful conversions without touching technology.

Other things to consider:

  • PERFECT GIFT: This is a must-have for any kitchen. It covers hundreds of questions professional cooks & beginners face in the kitchen.
  • COMPLETE GUIDE: The Cookbook People sees thousands of our customers recipe books that they make with us. We compiled all the most referenced questions into one simple chart.
  • MADE IN USA: We design, manufacture and ship these ourselves from Boise, Idaho, USA. 🙂 Buy American! 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  • SO MUCH! Conversions/Advice for Teaspoon/Tablespoon/Cup/Fluid Ounce conversion, Fahrenheit/Celsius, Steaks, Roasts, Altitude, Bread, Butter, Egg, Flour, Rice, Sugar, Turkey, Water, Egg boiling time, Freezer shelf lives, Dry spaghetti measure, PLUS a 9inch ruler!

Get it here.  

Good cookbooking!

Matilda

Oiling Wooden Spoons and Wooden Spatulas

So you’ve bought a wood spoon or spatula (or both) from somewhere (hopefully us right here!) If you bought bamboo, you are pretty much done. It’s such a hard, non-porous wood that it’s not going to absorb a lot of oil. If you bought something of another hardwood, such as the beechwood in the above example, you should apply a quick coat of oil to it to give it a much more interesting, pretty color, as well as vastly improve it’s life span.

We really recommend walnut oil. It gives this really rich, interesting color, and it smells absolutely fantastic.

Just go to your local grocery store’s olive oil section, and you’ll probably find one bottle somewhere in there of walnut oil. Buy the smallest bottle, because you’ll really only use a tablespoon or two of it. Pour it onto a paper towel, give it a wipe, and in 20 seconds you’ll be shocked at the difference!

If you’re likely to cook for somebody with very extreme nut allergies, there are other (less deep and pretty) alternatives. Coconut oil, rapeseed oil and mineral oil all work well.

Here’s a look at own tests of oiling spoons and spatulas with different household cooking and mineral oils:

Here’s a link to our spoons and spatulas:

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50% off FLASH SALE ON our engraved spoons on Amazon!

We’re really excited about this new gift set we’ve made. To get sales moving (and reviews) we’re selling them below our cost!

We absolutely love these spoons and spatulas, and that you get to put your own name on it is just more icing on the cake.

As soon as we sell 75 of them we’ll raise the prices back up. So act fast.

Reg. $23.95  SPECIAL $11.95  Buy on Amazon

Reg. $23.95  SPECIAL $11.95  Buy on Amazon

  • FREE custom engraving: Engrave your name on this beautiful 14in long hardwood spoon/spatula gift set
  • Heirloom quality – perfect gift for weddings or birthdays for anyone who loves to cook
  • Beech hardwood – long lasting and beautiful. High quality look and feel.
  • Includes 2 spoons, 1 spatula and cotton gift bag with drawstring
Also available at CookbookPeople.com

The 9 Best Organized Recipe Websites

A quick google search of course brings you to heavy hitters like AllRecipes.com and FoodNetwork.com, but sometimes you want quality over quantity (and clever people who know how to top search engines). Besides, a lot of the recipes on those sites are kind of bland, or have been modified 20 ways until Tuesday to make palatable in the comments, which means what gets voted up isn’t actually what was cooked.

Here are a few of my own favorite recipe websites organized for carefully curated cooking content:

  1. Serious Eats has a fantastic Food Lab column that I love.  Beautiful easy-to-follow photographed instructions and fantastic recipes. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is a genius! Plus, they describe not only what you are doing but why, which can be helpful in learning cooking in general.
  2. The Kitchn is another genius recipe site organized with just fantastic quality. You’ll be in there for years trying to get through it all.
  3. I love Nonna’s Cooking for it’s super-simple interface and lots of user additions.

    Beth from Budget Bytes

  4. Budget Bytes is the best site on the internet for cooking within your means! Beth not only tells you how to cook, but what it’ll cost per dish. Smart.
  5. BBC Good Foods proves that the British do indeed cook well.
  6. Food Wishes does a really good job with photography and youtubes of the dishes. Browse there and get hungry! Here’s a nice one I made recently:

  7. Saveur has more of an international, experimental flare, as does
  8. Smitten Kitchen is great for it’s fantastic recipes organized by seasonality.
  9. The New York Times cooking section is brilliant because they thoroughly test everything, and the selection is enormous.

Well, these are my faves. What do you look for?

Good cookbooking!

Matilda

Show Mom How Much You Love Her With Something Personal

Are you looking for something special for Mother’s Day?  Have you run out of ideas?  Look no further, we have the solution for you.  Instead of a card this year, why not write your message on something she’ll use in her kitchen everyday? Every time she does, she will think of you.  All of these are available from $24 to $39.

 

 

Personalized Rectangular Cutting Board

Chopping Board with Engraved Name

 

Not what you are looking for?  No problem.  Maybe she’d like a new Recipe Binder, or something else we personally engrave for you.

Visit CookbookPeople.com for more great gifts for cooks!

Family Cookbook: Turn Family Recipes Into a Cherished Heirloom

Creating a Family Cookbook! All you need to know about creating your own, GREAT tips and resources! @amandaformaro

Collect your family’s recipes and compile them in a book for a truly delicious heirloom.

What would Thanksgiving be without your aunt’s famous pumpkin pie? If Grandpa doesn’t bring his special chocolate swirled fudge to holiday get-togethers, chances are a family riot might break out! (Well, not really, but you get the idea.)

Recipes are quite often handed down from generation to generation, handwritten on food-stained index cards or scrawled onto lined paper tattered over time.

Now imagine collecting some of those favorite family recipes and compiling them into a cherished cookbook everyone can enjoy. You’ll need a little time for this project and we all have busy lives, but, with a little perseverance and a lot of love, you can put together a wonderful family heirloom that will be cherished for years to come.

Making a list
First, make a list of all the recipes you would like to include in your book. Try to keep it manageable and don’t shoot for too big of a book to start with. Try maybe 15 or 20 recipes as a springboard and work from there. If you aren’t sure which to include, start contacting family members for their favorite recipes and ask them to contribute. Be sure to list the names of the family members you’ll need to contact for each recipe.

Collecting the recipes is the hardest part
Remember, everyone is busy. It’s quite possible that one of the recipes is only used once a year. Asking a cousin to find that recipe between her son’s soccer practices, her daughter’s dance class, work and making dinner might not seem like a big deal to you, but it’s probably not on the top of her priority list. Try to make it easy for people to submit by creating a written recipe template they can fill out, offer to let them email it to you or let them dictate it to you over the phone.

Decide on the contents
If you’re feeling especially ambitious, photographs and quotes from the recipe’s creators can make nice additions to your cookbook. If you are pressed for time, however, you may want to consider keeping the book design simple, or just using a few clip art images instead. Remember: Collecting the recipes will take time — as will collecting photographs and gathering quotes. Keep all of this in mind when planning what will go in to your book.

If your deadline isn’t looming, here are a few ideas for personalizing your family cookbook:

    • Family interviews – Try asking questions about the recipes to be included. How many generations has the recipe been handed down? Who started the tradition? What special memories are associated with this particular recipe?
    • Photos and other art – Include family photographs of holiday gatherings, vintage photos of descendants or even hand-drawn artwork from the young members of the family.
    • Handwritten recipes – Make use of original hand written recipes — even those on aging recipe cards. Scan the recipe and use it as a photo in the book. This adds nostalgia and authenticity to your collection.
    • Collection of memories – Ask family members for their favorite memories about certain recipes and the relative that usually prepares it.
    • Quotes – Did your grandma always say “A pinch of pepper goes a long way,” or do you remember her uncanny ability to never waste a thing? Quips and quotes add personal touches to the pages.
    • Food photos – If you’re feeling ambitious and you have extra time, make a few of the submitted recipes and take pictures! They will make a wonderful addition to your cookbook.

Choosing a publication method
In its simplest form your cookbook could be created in a word processing document then printed out and bound together by hand. If you prefer something a little sturdier, however, several companies offer private publication.  We here at The Cookbook People offer a cookbook making software allowing you to create this wonderful masterpiece using your home computer.

Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software (CD or Download) here

 

Prices for these services vary depending on the size of your book as well as the number of pages needed. There are also options for soft and hardcovers, and even hardcover with “lay flat” pages. Research the different options each company offers to find the best option for you.

Whether you decide to print the pages yourself, take them to an office printer or use online software, your results will be heartfelt and appreciated. Family cookbooks preserve wonderful memories and will be cherished by all that receive them.