Family gathered around cookbook in kitchen overlaid with text: Make a Family Cookbook for Family History Month

Make a Family Cookbook for Family History Month

Do you love researching your family genealogy?

You’ll be delighted to know that some states have designated October as “Family History Month.”

The month-long observance brings families together to remember loved ones, tell their stories, and celebrate family traditions.

So why not make a family cookbook in October to celebrate your own family history during Family History Month?

A family cookbook can become a precious heirloom full of rich details about the past. You may also discover more about relatives you’ve known personally, and some you’ve perhaps only heard about.

Include a photographic family tree

While making your family cookbook, consider including a family tree with photos. Not only does it fit the Family History Month theme, a family tree makes it easier for subsequent generations to trace their ancestors, all while enjoying their relative’s favorite recipe. A family cookbook can fill in many gaps!

Alongside a portrait of a relative, you could also include a photo of their final resting place. It’s amazing how difficult it can be to trace the resting place of our ancestors. By including it in your cookbook, you will be completing one more piece of the puzzle for future generations.

Create a Family Cookbook in a month

A month may seem short time, but it’s entirely possible to create a complete family cookbook in Family History Month simply by using cookbook-making software – such as Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software.

Ask family members to contribute to the family cookbook by submitting several recipes, along with a story about the dish, such as why it became a family favorite and the cook who made it famous within the family.

Your family’s unique history can also add richness to the family cookbook. Was there anyone famous (or infamous)? Is there a special heritage to highlight? Some family cookbook makers even record oral histories from relatives and burn CDs or DVDs to include with the recipes and stories.

Get the kids involved

A family cookbook isn’t only about the older and passed-on members of a family. The kids should also be involved. Maybe they can contribute recipes that they enjoy creating and eating? Many family cookbook-makers prefer to segment the family cookbook by having a special section just for the kids. However, I feel the kids’ recipes should be mingled with all the others, in true family style.

Whatever your choice of theme or design for making your family cookbook, get a move-on in October to make your family cookbook in conjunction with Family History Month. At the end of the month, you’ll have a cherished keepsake that will be enjoyed for generations.

Happy Cookbooking,


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  1. Curious as to what the picture of the CD or DVD
    is supposed to represent?

    You show a picture of it but in the Article I can find no reference to it?

    Also, I talked to you probably a year and a half ago about being able to put just one recipe per page in your program and being able to insert footnotes, facts, etc. on a page and being able to use ones own material for book covers, etc.. Have you incorporated any of these changes to your Program yet.. or do you plan to; if so, when would that be? I have been waiting to see some of this for a long time….

  2. Mark and Johnny

    If you need questions answered regarding the software please send an email to You will get a quicker reply from the technical department by using that email address.

    Some replies to some technical questions may become lengthy that is why it is better to send the email.

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