When my friend Amanda got married last year, she received an awesome gift from the ladies in her family: a custom-made, glossy, beautiful cookbook filled with all of the Codispoti family recipes. Clearly, her relatives put a lot of thought and work into that book, but not quite as much work as you might think.
These days, several Web sites exist that allow customers to put together their own photo books, cookbooks and other publications. Not only can you include text, you can scan in photos and other images to adorn the pages. It is a wonderful idea for so many occasions, including bridal and baby showers, weddings, birthdays, winter holidays and more.
Amanda’s relatives used TasteBook.com. Another such site is Lulu.com. And here’s an example of a cookbook that was put together by a Lulu user. Click the word “preview” under the book image to see inside. Lulu will even offer your book for sale to other Web visitors if you want. Another site is bookemon.com, and Food Network’s Web site also has an application here. If anyone knows of other reputable DIY cookbook sites, please let me know and I’ll update this entry.
It used to be that our mothers or grandmothers kept their recipes on index cards in a little box. How many of you still do that? I admit it might be time to work on my recipe organization a little bit. Some of my favorites are in a scrapbook, but others are just shoved into a manila folder. But keeping these family recipes safe is very important.