Multikeep Organizer Gift Boxes back in stock!

Multikeep: For everyone with things.

People love our organizer boxes

These are so versatile and come in a wide variety of designs. Come see our different Multikeep organizer gift boxes here!

 

Happy Customer with Engraved Recipe Box

Engraved Recipe Box

We love happy customers sharing their recipe boxes. Order this recipe box here! 

Made in America Cherry Recipe Boxes!

We’ve added new recipe boxes!

Check out these gorgeous Made In the USA recipe boxes.  They can be personalized with your own name or wedding date on them. See the cherry recipe box selection here. 

The Most Popular Recipe Binder of All Time

Our most popular recipe binder of all time.  The size, the dividers, the beautiful construction, and of course–
your name on the cover. 


Add your name to custom recipe cards for just $3 more

We now offer custom-printed recipe cards! For just 3 dollars extra you can have all 40 cards arrive with your name pre-printed on them. Click here to see the full personalized recipe card selection!

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.

Personalized Wood Spoon/Spatula Contest Winner

Debbie won our weekly prize of $75 for her great video of our wood spoons. We love seeing people still happy with Cookbook People goodies long after they buy them!

Video Testimonial: Great Family Cookbook for a Daughter

Looks beautiful! Our customer chose this customizable recipe binder and added extra recipe card protectors.

 

Weekly Winner Video: Lynnette’s Family Cookbook

We loved this cookbook Lynnette made a few weeks ago. She was the only one who entered our weekly contest, so she automatically won $75 in free products from Cookbook People. Nice job Lynnette!

Click here to enter your own video.

Weekly Winner Video Contest: Win $75 in products in just 5 minutes

Win $75 in products with a video review of your purchase.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Shoot a video of our product on your phone/camera.

  2. Email it to us at info@cookbookpeople.com.

  3. You’re entered in our weekly Video Testimonial contest!

Some weeks we only get 1 or 2 contestants, so the odds are really good you can win. Please be aware that we publicize all entries on our site and via email.

Interview with one of our founders

Check out this quick interview with Ted Miller, one of our founders here at CookbookPeople.com.

100 New Recipe Card Designs Just Released

We’ve just finished making 100 new recipe card designs, available exclusively through CookbookPeople.com. Every new design includes a nice free conversion chart as well!

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💕 You NEEEED these pretty recipe card dividers. N.E.E.D. 💕

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Pretty "Lemon Linen" design recipe card dividers


We made brand new recipe cards this week!

Why not add a little color to your kitchen for under $6.00? They look GORGEOUS! See them here!

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!

Erin

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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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.

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  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!

Erin

Family Cookbook: Turn Family Recipes Into a Cherished Heirloom

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.