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Today I wanted to share a great gift idea for those of you who have a big family that likes to cook. My family is Polish and I grew up eating the best meals, well I guess that isn't entirely true since I only ate mac n' cheese from ages 6 through 10. ha! I actually made this family cookbook about 2 years ago, shortly after my grandpa passed away, and it was a huge hit with all of our family members.
I'm sharing this with you now because I will tell you that it is a lot of work but..... it is SO worth it in the end. We now have a 100+ page cookbook, complete with all of my grandma's recipes and tons of photos of our family. It was truly a labor of love.
|Sorry, I blurred the last name!|
The first thing I did was contact all of my aunts and uncles to tell them I was making the cookbook and ask for copies of their favorite recipes and family photos. This is probably the hardest part because we had to keep reminding them and giving them fake deadlines.
Since the cookbook was a surprise for my grandma, my mom had to "borrow" all of her little ripped up, food-stained, pieces of paper with partially written recipes. It was a hot mess. And like most grandmas, she knew all of her best recipes by heart, so we had to pretend like we were planning to make them and ask her for all of the ingredients and instructions.
I used Blurb to make the cookbook, and I'm so happy with that decision. With a bulk discount (we bought about 13 for version 1 of the cookbook) and a promo code, it came to about $35 per cookbook. That included a hardback with a dust cover and premium coated paper. I had total control over how the cookbook looked, with fonts and everything. Another advantage is that Blurb will save your book online, so if you need to make adjustments or want to change it in anyway, you can make those changes very easily and have another version of the book printed!
I did a table of contents, which was a ton of work, but I'm so glad I did. We also have a dedication page at the beginning, and a two-page spread in memory of my grandpa at the back.
|Look at all of those desserts! No wonder I have a serious sweet tooth!|
|Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe|
On each of the main pages for Appetizers, Soups, Desserts, etc., I put a wedding photo of one family and then a recent photo of them with their kids. It worked out perfect that we had one family for each section of the book, but when we include Steve and I, we're going to have to make up another section... ha!
Tis the season! :)
Has anyone else done a personalized gift like this for their family? I'd love to hear what you did!