Holidays are a Great Time to Start a Family Cookbook

NewsUSA) – To most of us, the year-end holidays are a time of family, friends and a lot of food. While these times can be hectic with all of the running around that needs to be done, these are also the best times to start a family cookbook project says one expert.

“Many of the family holiday traditions start in the kitchen and center around the meals we serve our family and guests at this time of the year, says William Rice, founder and co-publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, winner of a 2009 WebAward from the Web Marketing Association. “What better way to celebrate our family food traditions than to preserve them for future generations in a family cookbook? There is no better time to start planning a family cookbook than over a wonderful meal during the holidays.”

A successful family cookbook needs at least one dedicated individual to lead the project as editor. This person gets the project off the ground and invites family members to contribute recipes. Once a labor-intensive task, now families are using the Internet to simplify the project. “A Web site, such as, can provide step-by-step instructions and tools to help the family member serving as cookbook editor to contact others and encourage them to enter their favorite recipes directly into the online system,” says Rice. “The editor then simply reviews and edits the recipes, selects printing options, and sends the cookbook to be printed. The finished printed cookbooks are received in a few weeks time and can be enjoyed and preserved forever.”

Start talking about the project over dinner. Enjoying the food and dishes we love while being asked to contribute recipes will make the value of the project more real and worthwhile. Also invite everyone to participate — don’t just invite the family cooks. Everyone has at least one recipe that they can contribute to the cookbook.

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