Setting Up A Family Cookbook

Want that special something for the next

family reunion? Try a family cookbook,

involve the entire family and collect the

recipes they each like the best. This is

a great way to get your Aunt Marges

recipe for Apple Pie!

If the family reunion is to be a pot-luck,

have them bring a recipe card for the

dish they will be providing. This method

has several advantages; a picture of the

person can be added to the recipe

when the book is compiled.

Computers are great for this project,

and using a regular notebook allows

people to add to the recipe book at a

later date. (You can even email the book

to those who have a computer and are

online to help save on postage.)

In addition this can be used as a great

memory for the family reunion, and a

way to get pictures to all of the family

members who forgot to bring their

cameras! Just add photos to the book

and it will bring funny and happy

memories for years to come.

If there is a problem of the cost of

materials, have each member who

wants one donate a small fee to cover

the costs of the paper, ink, notebooks

and postage. I dont know how many

times I have gone to a pot-luck and

spent lots of time asking for the recipes!

I have never been to where I didnt find

several dishes I really liked and wanted

to make for my family later.

If you would rather have the recipe book

on hand at the reunion, just request, in

advance, everyone provide their favorite

recipe, put an old picture of them with it,

this can present even more fun by not

identifying the person in the picture!

You may want to put an index in the

back so they can tell in the years to

come, who is in the picture.

Whatever means you use, this is a great

memento of a special day for your

family, enjoy it, and remember to send

one to the family members who couldnt

be there for whatever reason.

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About The Author, Carmen Sandago
C. SanDago used to be an office and motel cleaner earning minimum wage on a contract by contract basis, working very hard to make ends meet. Being forced to stay at home after her baby, she says it was like a "visit from an angel"... She had to find a way to earn a living from home... with no pedigree, a high school dropout it was like a live changing event!