Carrie J. Gamble: Cookbook Author

The following entry is courtesy of Carrie Gamble, an author of a family cookbook. I mentioned her in my previous post. If you have thoughts on making a family cookbook that you’d like to post in this blog, I invite you to email me at tmiller@cookbookpeople.com. – Matilda

A Family Love Letter

Reprinted from Country Home Magazine

In the late 1960s, when Carrie Gamble was still sporting a pixie, The Homestead, the farmhouse where her grandmother grew up, was torn down to build a ranch house.

She never got to visit it in person, but she most assuredly has been there in spirit, through images preserved on film, and in her dreams.

“I had heard countless stories from my grandmother, mother, and aunt about ‘the farm,'” she says of the land 20 miles north of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. “I had always wished that for just one day I could be there and live it and know the feeling of summertime on the farm, eating farm-fresh food, homemade bread baked by my great-grandmother and spread with fresh raspberry jam and butter, going out in the fields to pick berries, taking a walk in the woods – living life the old-fashioned way.”
The longing for a taste of this life inspired Carrie, a commercial artist and illustrator, together with her grandmother, Elizabeth von Hohen, to preserve he echoes of the woods, the laughter around the table, and the fine food served on it, in a book entitled Grandmother’s Cookbook.

It’s a family cookbook full of old-fashioned recipes for such foods as Hungarian Goulash, Sausage Bean Chowder, Feather Beds (the ever-so-slightly sweet, fluffy rolls that nearly every grandmother laid on the table), Bohemian
Nut Slices, and Lemon Sponge Pie. The recipes are a synthesis of the foods Elizabeth learned to cook from her Austrian-Hungarian mother and the regional Pennsylvania dishes she sampled from the lunch pails of her classmates.

The book also includes advice such as the recommendation that a steaming bowl of potato or vegetable soup makes a wonderful one-dish meal when followed by a hearty dessert of “cinnamon buns, apple cakes, or strawberry shortcake.”

Its pages are embellished by the watercolors of the wildflowers Elizabeth picked with her child’s hands, lovingly painted by Carrie’s steady ones. A small story or reminiscence written by Elizabeth accompanies each one.

The family cookbook is like a long love letter to one’s family – a paean in praise of hearth, heritage, and home. Grandmother’s Cookbook springs from two people, but it speaks volumes with a singular voice about a family’s life. They are Elizabeth’s words and recipes, but Carrie has infused them with her soul.

In 1987, Carrie’s father passed away. The loss started her thinking about the impermanence of life, and how her Grandmother von Hohen was already in her late 70s. She began spending afternoons sipping tea and talking with Elizabeth, nudging her to write down her favorite recipes. “I really wrote those things down for my children because I’d always wanted to do that,” Elizabeth says. “Then we started talking about how it might be good to make it into a cookbook. And then Carrie asked me to write down things that I remembered – so that’s why
I wrote all of the little stories.”

The manuscript Carrie turned in for consideration to publishers, in fact, was written in Elizabeth’s hand – but she was told it wasn’t clear enough. Several publishers expressed interest but wanted to change the format, so Carrie turned them down.

Carrie is a typesetter, but type seemed too cold for the warmth of this project. In the version she eventually published herself, Carrie hand-lettered Elizabeth’s words – almost 100 pages worth.

On those afternoons spent talking over tea, Carrie learned all about her grandmother’s life: her birth in 1909 and her growing up on the farm with six brothers and a sister. She also learned about how, at the age of nine, while her
mother helped work the farm and her father spent weekdays in Doylestown as a tailor, Elizabeth did the cooking for the family. It was the beginning of a love affair with food.

“When my little sister was born, I would make us lunches, really simple things,” Elizabeth says. “I would make applesauce from our apples and soups and egg drops.”

When Elizabeth was a little girl, her mother could not read English, so they would cook everything together. Her cooking sense sharpened as she grew.

There were many delicious things. Her schoolmates, she says, “would bring all of these fantastic things to school and I would ask what they were.” One of those memorable foods was a pie.

“My mother had never heard of a pie,” Elizabeth says. “In the old country they did not bake pies.” Their first pie was butterscotch.

Her mother also was much more familiar with tortes – made with lots of eggs as leavening – than she was with baking powder cakes. But she valiantly tried her hand at the new desserts.

“We were so pleased with ourselves!” Elizabeth says in the foreword of Grandmother’s Cookbook. “And when she made her first layer cake! It was for my last day of school. In our little country school the last day was always a
picnic and everyone brought a goodie. Mother had no layer tins so she made it in a big bread pan. She sliced it in half to make two layers. Then she iced it. I was so proud of her! I think I stopped every ten minutes on my way to school to admire it!”

Elizabeth met her future husband, Erwin, when she was 17. They married two years later and settled in Philadelphia to begin their family.

“He was the sweetest man,” Carrie says. “Every night after dinner he’d give her a kiss to thank her for a delicious meal. She was very well appreciated by the family. She still is. She made a dinner last week I wish I was having again tonight – fried chicken, zucchini with tomatoes, mashed potatoes, and coconut
cream pie.”

Her grandfather’s kiss is very likely something Carrie witnessed, a gesture that was not solely the province of her dreams, as a visit to the farm was.

To bestow the bounty of her family’s table on the lips of everyone who reads Grandmother’s Cookbook, Carrie invested unlimited time and energy delving into the life and soul of her grandmother.

“I never loved anything more than working on this book with my grandmother,” Carrie says. ” When she would write one of these little stories, she’d just had it to me and ask, ‘Is that ok?’ Every one of the stories I would read would make me want to cry. I don’t know if it’s the story, or if it’s because I know her so well, but it just reinforced what a warm, loving person she is. It also made me realize my grandmother has a flair for writing that I never knew about before.”

Like the best kind of letter, Grandmother’s Cookbook is written by hand from the heart. It has flowers pressed between its pages as a true love letter should – and like all love letters, it will be taken out and read over and over
again.

If you have thoughts on making a family cookbook that you’d like to post in this blog, I invite you to email me at tmiller@cookbookpeople.com. – Matilda

Inspirational story about a mother/daughter family cookbook

I just read this story about a daughter who wrote a cookbook for her mom and I couldn’t help getting teared up a little. Not just for her, but for all the other stories I’ve heard about people bonding with their mom or grandmother by making a family cookbook.

Sadly, so often these bonds grow when the daughter makes a cookbook in memorial to one who has passed on. If you are thinking about making a family cookbook, I can’t urge you strongly enough to use it as an opportunity to grow closer to those whom you care about.

Here’s the story.

A quote:

I wanted her to know the cookbook would live on and through that her memory and spirit would live on forever. When I gave her the news she just smiled and looked into my eyes and raised her hand with her fingers crossed.

I’m strongly considering carrying her cookbook in our store. It just seems in the perfect spirit of our company.

Philadelphia Inquirer News Story

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Here’s a nice little piece about The Cookbook People in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Unfortunately, they got our website name wrong (there’s no “the” in CookbookPeople.com). None the less, here’s a little piece of the cookbook software story:

Make your own cookbook

Know someone who wants to preserve precious family recipes or should be writing a cookbook of their own?

Perhaps you’ve considered a cookbook of your own.

Or your group is looking at fund-raising ideas.

If so, give a friendly nudge or put your computer to work with easy, flexible software that makes home publishing accessible to all.

Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software ($29.95 at www.thecookbookpeople.com or www.amazon.com) is a great gift for the family chef or food historian. Prepare keepsake family editions for reunions or weddings. Create volumes for charity or church fund-raisers.

Layout is automatic – just type in recipes, choose from 27 design options, and press “print” for one or more copies at little more than the cost of paper and toner.

A Cookbook Christmas Kit (software plus easy binding kit) is $37.90.

– Marilynn Marte

Writing Cookbook Headings…or Expositing on Fantastic Categorizations of Recipe Collection Subcategories

Writing a cookbook the long way

Marty in our support bulletin board asked me why he couldn’t get the title “Holiday Cooking” to fit as a recipe heading in his cookbook. It’s normally not a problem, but I explained that this can be an issue in our half page formats if you’re writing a cookbook with a really large font size. There’s just not much space to work with!

But it got me thinking about a bigger issue that applies to everyone writing a family cookbook. When it comes to recipe headings, sometimes less is more.

Obviously, I myself can be a little wordy sometimes. (You never hear about Bill Gates’ Fantastic Word Processing Software. He just calls it “Word.”) But even I can see that when it comes to organizing recipes, short headings make it much easier for cooks to find the right page in your cookbook.

I advised Marty to just call the heading for Holiday Cooking “Holidays.” It’s in a cookbook, so it’s already implied that it’s holiday cooking.

It’s just much easier to skim through a cookbook with headings like “Entree” and “Dessert” than “Continental Dinner Fare” and “Cakes, Pies and Other Sweets”.

Do I follow my own rule? To be honest, no. But I tend to be a bit quirky about it. Instead of “Salads” I like writing “Green Things.” “Fish” are “Scaly Swimmers.” “Cookies” are “Grandkid Appeasers.”

Is my own cookbook a pain to use for the uninitiated? Undoubtedly. But it’s my cookbook and mostly my recipes. And if you want to use it you’re just going to have to humor my writing.

Matilda

New Recipe Book Easy Bind Kits available in Our New Store

I’ve had a lot of people ask me, “Well how do I print and bind my recipe book after using your software?”

We used to send you to a photocopy shop, but that entailed a lot of hassles. We’ve now built The Cookbook People Store, where we offer our new Easy Bind Kits. Here’s our recipe book store.

There are several nifty things about the Easy Bind Kits:

The spines bind by clicking closed and they can un-bind by un-clicking. That means you can add new pages to your book or take pages out easily. It’s got the flexibility of a three-ring binder with the sleek look of a spiral bound recipe book.

recipe book cover
It includes two clear plastic sheets to put over your front and back cover. That will keep it clean, while still displaying your covers.
You can print it all out right from your own home printer!
We offer nice discounts if you buy more than one.

Why did we build a whole store front just to sell two products (our recipe book software and the Easy Bind Kits)? Here’s a little secret: We plan on filling it out over the coming months with a variety of similarly clever products to help you make family recipe books.

Lexington Herald-Leader: Nice short story about us in Lexington, Kentucky

Here’s a great little story featuring us in the Lexington Herald:

HOMEMADE COOKBOOKS

As families gather for holiday parties and dinners, there usually is an exchange of recipes. Sometimes one person will decide to copy and compile them into a booklet. It’s a time-consuming chore, unless you seek help from CookbookPeople.com.

Company owners Ted and Erin Miller sell software that lets users print a cookbook from home, drastically cutting the cost of printing copies. Users simply type the information in the space provided.

“We started this software business two years ago because we honestly believe in our slogan, ‘Food makes family.’ As families become more spread apart, there’s an increasing need for ways for us to share our traditions. What can bind better than the smells and tastes of our family recipes?” Ted Miller said.

“You can look on the Internet and find 10 million recipes for meatloaf. But none of them will taste quite like your own mom’s meatloaf. If your mom passes on without sharing that recipe, you are losing not just a cherished family member, but a cooking tradition that honors her,” he said.

The company’s software lets you easily create a professional-looking cookbook, and you can see the cookbook in its entirety, with covers, address book, birthday calendar and biography sections built-in, Miller said.

“Make your family cookbook a living, breathing document that gets added to regularly, not just by you but by everyone,” Miller said.

In your family cookbook you can include: photos of events and family members, a short family tree or bibliography, address book, and birthday calendar.

Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook software ($29.95) at www.cookbookpeople.com does all the organizing for you.

Idaho Statesman Newspaper Story

Idaho Statesman Newspaper

The Cookbook People are making a splash in today’s Idaho Statesman:
Software helps save cherished family recipes in personal cookbooks

But what if you could whip up your own family cookbook, full of recipes you remember from your childhood, plus new additions from your daughter-in-law or your next-door neighbor? And what if you could put that cookbook together almost like magic (read: easy-to-use software)?

That’s what Erin Miller of Boise did. The result is Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software. If you decide to give it a try, you won’t be the only one – it’s the No. 1-selling software in the cooking and health category on Amazon.com.

Every day we seem to make a little more headway in making the world aware of how easy it is to make family cookbooks.

A family cookbook is a spiritual document.

A family cookbook is more than just a compilation of recipes. It’s a spiritual document.

Go ahead. Laugh and roll your eyes. (My husband did. He laughed and laughed right up until I sold the 50th copy of my software, Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software. Then he started paying attention. Now that it’s the best selling Cooking & Health software on Amazon, a lot of people are paying attention.)

What makes a family cookbook spiritual? Look into the eyese of your granddaughter. Those eyes have atoms swirling in them that were once in your Aunt Maureen’s Top Secret Cheesecake. Same goes for the strong back of your husband and a lemon-yellow lock of your grandson’s hair. The hippies were right–all things really are connected. And some things, like the food we all ate as children and the lives we live as adults, are even more connected. Not just in sight and sound and taste and smell, but in our very beings.

Maybe that’s why thousands have used their family cookbooks to commemorate a mom or grandma who passed on. A family cookbook can connect us across countries, decades…even death.

I can go online and find a thousand different recipes for meatloaf. But there’s only one meatloaf that smells like the one my own grandmother used to make. She’s dead now and the recipe died with her, and that’s a real shame.

Look at your own family recipes and think about those you love. You may have a will to cover who gets exactly how much money, but money and things are forgotten. Have you given them a way to remember how connected they are to you?

Obviously, I’d prefer it if you went out and bought my software. But there are lots of other options, whether you just write a cookbook by hand, in Word or online. The important thing is to get those family recipes written down and passed on. The recipe book you create will indeed become a spiritual document.

Much of that spirit will be yours.

How to write a degree symbol in your recipe

350°F.

Jealous? Asking yourself, “How did she make that tiny little circle next to the F?”

If you have the latest version of our software, you probably know it’s easy to add with the Recipe Builder feature. If not, you can still easily make it. There are two easy ways:

A. Just copy and paste it! Click in front of the °, hold, drag across it, then right click and click “Copy”. Then right click and choose “Paste” wherever you want it to appear.

B. Use the Alt key and number pad to the right of your keyboard. Hold down the Alt key, and hit “0176” on the number pad. Let go of the Alt key and it’ll appear.

Our software will point you to this page if you want this symbol or others.

A very nice article about us in Lexington Herald-Reader

Lexington Herald-Reader Food Writer

Sharon Thompson

Sharon Thompson, Food writer for the Lexington Herald-Reader, has written a delightful piece about us in her blog this morning–A Family Cookbook Can Be a Family Yearbook.

Here’s a short quote:

Company owner Erin Miller sells software that lets users print a cookbook from home, drastically cutting the cost of printing copies. Users simply type the information in the space that’s provided.

Family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas are an ideal time to pitch a cookbook. Bring a few copies of a short mock-up of your idea and let the relatives get a feel for how it will look when it is done. “They will be much more responsive in helping you out,” Miller said.

“Make your family cookbook a living, breathing document that gets added to regularly, not just by you but by everyone,” Miller said.

Thank you for the press, Sharon!

One More Favorite Customer

Somebody likes the blanket

Since I’m gushing, I’d like to also thank Violet U., a customer who entered in over 500 recipes in our software and needed a little customer support. One of The Cookbook People, Erin, was able to get her fixed up and on her way.

Well, Erin was completely surprised when a few weeks later we received this gorgeous hand-crocheted blanket in the mail in gratitude! The handiwork is amazing–completely flawless. And it’s obviously pretty comfortable, as you can tell from Erin’s son, Louis.

Thank you, Violet, from all of The Cookbook People! It means so much to all of us that you took the time and effort to put together such an amazing blanket for Erin and her young family.

Another favorite customer!

When I sat down to write the previous entry, I meant to write it about Jaime Lee Mann. She’s written the most delightful post about our little company in her own blog here.

Here’s a little snippet:

…the service I’ve received is outstanding, and I would recommend the product without ever having used it – based on the relationship that I’m building with the company through their website, blog (hilarious) and the customer service representative that I’ve been in communication with.

Thank you so much, Jaime!

Two of our favorite customers

I love all my customers, but there are a few who do something special to help out our business or just brighten our day. B. Matheson and drdriller wrote delightful things about our product on Amazon recently, and we’ve noticed a subsequent up tick in sales there. Thank you so much for your help!

We’re a small but fast-growing business, and your contributions there really contributed to our bottom line!

The Better Mouse Trap Inside the Better Rat Maze

the better rat maze

Despite owning a software company, I’m pretty dumb. I’m too dumb to figure out how to program my DVD player. How anyone can stare at those 80 buttons and not give up immediately is beyond me. I’m too dumb to buy any watch with a digital interface. Frankly, I’m too dumb to enjoy reading any sentence with the word “digital interface” in it. Or just “interface,” for that matter.

I’m ok with my stupidity, though, because there seem to be a lot of us idiots out there, and a few companies have finally noticed. The Apple Ipod and the Nintendo Wii are proof that us morons, both young and old, actually like something that’s easy to use. We prefer thinking about Madonna or how to improve our golfing putt on Wii Sports. Certainly beats contemplating audio format compression rates or whether to mash the X and Triangle buttons in a particular order six or seven times in rapid succession.

(I don’t know if our own software is built for everyone as dumb as me. I hope so, and our ranking among the very best sellers on Amazon cookbook software seems to point to it. I’d love to hear your feedback, though.)

Anyway, as one of the legion of stupid, I’d like to personally apologize to all the manufacturers out there who build the better mouse trap inside the better rat maze. I’m sure you are very clever and very sophisticated to have devised an 80 button remote control for my DVD player. I know I couldn’t do it.

You may not get my money ever again, but I certainly appreciate that you are much, much smarter than me.

Congratulations.

Now I’m going to go practice my backswing on the Wii. My grandson has a very good short game, and he almost beat me last time.

__________

What are you favorite mouse traps? How about rat mazes?

7 Steps to Backing up your Life

No backup for pc

What if you woke up tomorrow and your computer was destroyed? Would you mourn the loss of a $600 appliance, as though it were a broken refrigerator? Good for you. You’ve probably got everything saved somewhere else. You’ve got a backup.

If that idea brought on a rush of panic, you HAVE to back up your data immediately. Every computer on this planet will fail. Yours, mine, the ones at NASA. All of them. It’s just a matter of time. When yours fails, you need to be ready. You need to back up your data. If you don’t, you will lose everything.

Step 1. Find a Backup Buddy. This is someone you will trust to keep your backup data with. The important thing is that they are offsite. If your house burns down or a hurricane swept through, it would be devastating on many levels. It will be even more devastating if you lose all your digital pictures and old emails too.

Step 2. Buy two portable hard drives. An 80 gigabyte hard drive is the smallest common size and should do fine, unless you have a lot of video.

Step 3. Use backup software to copy your computer’s data to one of the hard drives. Windows XP comes with a free backup utility under Program Files\Accessories. Windows Vista comes with Backup and Restore Center found in Control Panel. There are also a number of other backup softwares out there too.

Step 4. Get your Backup Buddy to backup their computer on the other hard drive.

Step 5. Exchange hard drives. You keep their hard drive and they keep yours.

Step 6. Back up your computer again on the other hard drive. Make a backup once a day or once a week. Only you really know how often you should back up. The test is to ask yourself, “If I lost everything on my computer from now until the last time I backed up, would it be horrible?”

Step 7. Once a month, exchange hard drives with your Backup Buddy.

If you are worried about privacy, use a fire-proof safe or a safety deposit box as a Backup Buddy. The important thing is to get the information on your computer out of your house and somewhere completely safe from fires, burglars, hurricanes or whatever else life throws at you. Having two separate back hard drives gives you the convenience of backing up your information right at hand, and the added security of knowing it’s backed up in two different places.

Some people may think, “Well, if my house burned to the ground, losing my digital pictures would be the least of my worries.” Those people couldn’t be more wrong. If you lose your house, those precious photos, emails and *ahem* family recipes could be the one thing that helps you get through it all.

A blog is a little like menopause….

My friend Ruth looked worried. “Matilda, what exactly is a blog? Am I supposed to have one?”

I’m the granny geek, so every female senior I know tends to come to me with their technological phobias.

“It’s just a place where you write about the things that interest you. I have one that I use to talk about cookbooks and things. People all over the internet look at it.”

She now looked startled. “Am I in it? I’d hate for people to think to think I’m some kind of lunatic.”

The poor insane woman. “Of course not, Ruth. Besides, blogs really aren’t just about gossip. A blog is a big, ugly, mysterious word like menopause. You hear rumors about it. ‘Ooooooh, menopause. Everything changes then.’ But once you get into it you realize it’s no big deal. A blog is just a place where people with big mouths get to make their mouths bigger.”

“Kind of like how your mouth got bigger after menopause?” Ruth asked.

I let her remark slide. I’m too mature to get into that sort of thing, even with someone whose gingerbread always had far too much cinnamon in it.

Top 6 Questions to Ask Yourself About Online Recipes

I’m not a big fan of hosting my personal family recipes on a website. There are a number of pitfalls in putting hundreds of hours into maintaining an online recipe book:

1. Will they be around?
What happens if the website service goes bankrupt? Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but maybe next year.

2. What do you do if the recipes vanish?
Is there a backup? I’ve heard several stories of people entering all their recipes online and they just vanish. *poof*

3. What if they become obnoxious?

It may be free now, but what about three years from now? Five? Ten? What if they suddenly start flooding you with advertisements? If you build up a huge collection of recipes online, it’ll be really hard to just walk away.

4. How likely is it that you’ll share your family recipes with your grand daughter if it’s a bookmark on some web page?
Sitting in front of a computer, even online, is an inherently isolating event. Handing somebody a printed cookbook is inherently social.
Imagine you just died. (I know it’s horrible, but play along.) Are your descendants likely to stumble into your family recipes at website XYZ under the user name GrannyCookMachine537?

5. Are you comfortable with not having control over how your family recipes will be used?
If you carefully read the license agreements to these online recipe websites, you’ll notice that even though you own the recipes, they have publishing rights. They can make their own recipe book using your recipes and not pay you a dime. Melissa A. Trainer writes about this issue here.

6. Who wants to look up a recipe on a computer when your hands are covered in butter and eggs?
I’ll start making the pot roast as soon as my computer boots up. And my internet access starts. And I log on to the website. And I do a search for the recipe I want. And I do the search again because I typed it wrong. And–oh heck, let’s just order a pizza.

As Napoleon Dynamite’s brother said, “Yes, I love technology.” But not so much that I don’t see the value of a good ol’ fashioned printed cookbook. Obviously, as the owner of a cookbook printing software company, I’m pretty biased. But I could’ve just as easily started an online recipe storage website like all the others. I didn’t.

That’s because I believe the best way to manage your family recipes is from your own computer. Off line and in control.

For more about my cookbook printing software, click here.

Top 7 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Our Cookbook Software

Thought I’d put these all in one place to make it easier for our legions of cookbook software customers:

1. Will I be able to add new recipes down the road?
Yes. As long as you have the software, you can make and re-make your cookbook as often as you want. Add more recipes, delete recipes. It’s your cookbook.

2. Do I have to buy printed books from you? If not, where do I go to print them?
We don’t print the books. You are in control. Here are some instructions. Basically, you can get a kit to bind them yourself or take them to a copy shop.

3. Is there a downloadable version I can buy?
Sorry. Only on CD for now. It’ll probably only take a few days to get to you. In the meantime, start collecting your recipes and information on people.

4. Can I do a front cover with my own photograph?
Yes. It’s a feature we’ve just built in.

5. Does it work with a Macintosh?
No. But it’s very easy to copy and paste recipes into the software. If you know somebody with a PC, you can do most of the real work typing it into your Mac, then emailing the recipes to them for copying/pasting.

6. Do I have to use just one template? Can I mix and match?
Yes! Do half in Patriot and half in Fruit. Or just do the Salads in Patriot and the Soups in Fruit. Make half of them in small type to cut printing costs, and the other half in big type for those with bad vision. You have a huge amount of flexibility.

7. Can I copy and paste recipes in off the internet/email/Word/etc?
Yes! We give you one massive field that you can paste your recipe into. That allows you to format the recipes any way you want, and it makes it extremely easy to copy and paste.

For more information on ordering Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software, click here.

Four Great New Features In Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software

I’m very excited about these four new features we now build in to Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software.

Changing the Cookbook Font Size
1. Change Type Size: Type size for Recipes, Contents, Biography, Family Tree and Birthday Calendar goes as small as 6 point to as large as 14 point. 6 point is great for those wanting to cram as many recipes as possible on every page. 14 point is better for those of us with poorer vision.

2. Custom Front Cover Photo: On the Print screen, select “Edit” next to Front Cover. Follow the instructions there and select a photo. Choose “CustomFrontCover” from the drop-down list in Print.

Rotate Picture
3. Turn Pictures: If your picture is sideways, you can now right click on it and select “Rotate 90 degrees” from within Matilda.

4. Recipe Builder: Horrible at typing? Don’t know how to put in the degree symbol? Recipe Builder lets you point and click to write part or all of a recipe.

I hope to get the changes integrated into the How It Works section of our site soon. This is just sneak peak.

Visit the How It Works section of CookbookPeople.com.

Don’t Plan a Cookbook For Your Wedding. Plan a Wedding Cookbook.

Wedding Cookbook

Sarah Jones had the stressed out look of an engaged bride-to-be who suddenly feels like six months wasn’t nearly enough time to plan.

“I’m giving up on the wedding cookbook, Matilda. It just isn’t going to happen. There’s no way I’m getting it together with everything else going on.”

“Your mistake,” I replied, “is in trying to get your wedding cookbook done in time for your wedding.”

She stared at me like too many young people stare at too many old people. “You just don’t understand, Matilda. There’s so much to do.”

“So why not let your guests do some of the work?”

“What?”

“Have you sent out invitations yet?”

She sighed. “Not until next week.”

“Print up a card to go with your invitations. Just a business card size will do. On it, write (in the same style as your invite, if you like): ‘The Bride And Groom wish to make a Jefferson Family Wedding Cookbook after the wedding. Please write on the attached recipe card your own favorite recipe that you think they would enjoy. Also, please mention if you’d like a copy of the finished Jefferson Family Wedding Cookbook mailed to you as a memento.”

She stared at me for a moment. “Wow. What a great way to get everyone involved! I could put your cards out on the plates at the reception, and people could fill them out then too. It’d be a great way to get people talking to each other. My aunt will be sitting next to Jeff’s sister, and they could share casserole recipes.”

“And,” I continued, “a few months after the wedding, people would be getting a keepsake in the mail that they never got at a wedding before.”

She looked positively gleeful. “I’ll take photos from the disposable cameras at the wedding and use them to decorate pages! Maybe use a formal wedding pose for the front cover!”

Her eyes fell. “Oh god! The disposable cameras! I need to get them too!”

And just like that she marched away, mumbling about Kodak and Polaroid. I guess there’s only so time you can give a bride with just six months left to get ready.

Here’s a nice story from a customer about their own wedding cookbook. Just scroll down a bit.

If you are thinking about making a wedding cookbook, please look at my cookbook software.