Making a Keepsake Cookbook
Family Cookbooks. A gift of the past for the future. A keepsake
cookbook is one way to preserve the past in a personalized collection of
My grandmother had this pan. It was an aluminum one I think and bumpy on the
outside. She made soup, chicken and gravy, chop suey and the best scalloped
potatoes in that pan. Her youngest daughter has it now and every holiday meal,
there it is, in all its glory, filled with wonderful scalloped potatoes. One
look at it, whether it be aunt, uncle or cousin is all it takes to bring back
wonderful memories of our beloved grandmother and the wonderful food she cooked
In the past, most people relied on word of mouth to keep the family recipes and
memories alive, but with time these details can fade. More and more, people
aren't leaving it to chance.
There are many ways you can create your own family cookbook. Some are informal
and handwritten with recipes only, others may be written as a memorial to
someone, some have recipes, stories and photos. Others send out questionnaires
asking for favorite memories and recipes.
You can design the pages on your computer, scan photos and original recipe
cards. I think it is a great touch if you can have recipes in the handwriting of
the person who made a certain recipe.
I started a family cookbook last summer and had to put it on hold when we made
our move to Boston. I was lucky enough to be able to scan my great grandmothers
handwritten recipe book before I moved. These recipes are special and many are
still made today by various aunts and cousins. Last year, my sister e-mailed me
and needed a recipe. She was so surprised and pleased when I sent it back in our
If you've done a family cookbook, are working on one, or just getting ready to
do one I'd love to hear from you. All tips, stories and suggestions are welcome.
I'd love to do some pages on this site that might help someone do a keepsake for
I've added a few more pages about making a keepsake cookbook.
You'll find them here.
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