Innovative New Multikeep Decorative Box System Released for Christmas

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Cookbook People has announced the release of their innovative new decorative organizer box, the Multikeep Box. The new teabox-based sytem is unique in that the interior can be configured into up to 500 variations to fit virtually any application. Click here to view the current selection. 

“We believe the Multikeep system will be a great product for us,” says CEO Ted Miller. “And not just for organizing tea. Because we’ll offer hundreds of engraved cover designs for the box, people can use it for anything from managing their prescription drugs to using it as a commemorative gift box for newborns.”

With an initial roll out of the Classic Filigree and Blank Lid designs on Amazon, the tea boxes immediately rose to the top of the list of best selling new items. “We think the popularity will only improve as we release all the great designs we’ve built up,” says Ted.

There are currently 52 Multikeep designs available at CookbookPeople.com.

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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