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Great Review of Family Cookbook Project

TestimonialRecently we received an email from a woman who had just completed her cookbook and was very happy with the results. We asked if we could share the comments and here they are:
I have to tell you what pleasure we had creating our cookbook, as a tribute to our recently departed mother. We had some great laughs and giggles during the process of walking down memory lane through each recipe….. as well as a few tears. This whole project was nothing but joy for us.
Your website was so clearly laid out and easily understood….and if you only knew how inept my sister and I are at all things technological, you would then realize what an amazing website you have!
And to top it all off …. we knew you were ever present with us on this journey…someone we could turn to for answers and advice….. and actually receive that guidance within a few hours. (Hmmmmm….kind of sounds like another big man I often turn to for guidance……)
Anyhow……thank you so much! We are already starting to plan our NEXT culinary cookbook!
Best regards,
Valerie N
To see what other people have said about Family Cookbook Project, please visit our Comment’s Page.

Family Cookbook Project Highlighted in Cape Cod Home Magazine

CCHome Cover SMIn the Winter Issue of Cape Cod Home Magazine, FamilyCookbookProject.com is highlighted in a two page spread by reporter Haley Cote. Haley met with founders Bill Rice and Chip Lowell in Wellfleet this summer and learned how the Great Family Cookbook Project was started 12 years ago and how it has grown to be one of the most successful cookbook making websites on the Internet.

Read the article on creating a family cookbook at CapeCodLife.com

Here is the article if you’d like to read it. Click here if you’d like to subscribe to Cape Cod Home Magazine,

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Family Cookbook Project Wins Best Publishing WebAward From The Web Marketing Association

WMA_20th_iconThe Family Cookbook Project has been named the Best Publishing Website in the Web Marketing Association’s 20th annual WebAward Competition for Web site development.  The Family Cookbook Project creates personalized cookbooks for individuals, families, church groups and schools. This is the fifth year that Family Cookbook Project has been recognized for their Website excellence.

“The Great Family Cookbook Project is a website dedicated to helping families collect and preserve cherished recipes into a printed cookbook that can be passed down from one generation to the next,” says Chip Lowell, Co-Publisher and Technical Director of the Family Cookbook Project.  “We are proud that our efforts have been recognized by the Web Marketing Association with this Best Publishing WebAward.  We will continue to develop our site to help families, schools and church groups create both online and printed cookbooks that become treasured heirlooms.”

The Family Cookbook Project Website was started as a project in 2003 to help one family collect and organize a family cookbook. Overwhelming feedback from those who used the website led to its continued development and public launch.  Currently, more than 41,000 families and groups have started family cookbooks using the website and more than 100,000 active contributors have entered more than 1.2 million individual recipes.

“Personalized cookbooks have been around since the 1950s, however the process of collecting and organizing recipes has always been a labor intensive project for the cookbook editor,” says Lowell. “Now it’s easy and cost effective to have your very own cookbook printed.  The Family Cookbook Project website provides step by step instructions and tools to help cookbook editors invite others to participate and allow them to enter their favorite recipes directly into the online system.  The editor then simply reviews and edits the recipes, selects printing options, and sends the cookbook to be printed.  The finished printed cookbooks are then received by the editor in only a few weeks”.

The Family Cookbook Project Website previously been recognized as the Best Publishing Website in 2011 and 2013 and Best Family Website in 2005. It also was recognized in 2015, 2014, 2012 and 2009 with the Standard of Excellence WebAward.

More than 2,000 sites from 45 countries were adjudicated in 96 industry categories during this year’s WebAward competition. Entries were judged on design, copy writing, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation, and use of technology.  The competition was judged by a team of independent Internet professionals representing a variety of relevant disciplines of Web site development. Judges included members of the media, advertising executives, site designers, creative directors, corporate marketing executives, content providers and webmasters.

It’s Family Reunion and Summer Planning Time!

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June seems to be one of the busiest months for families. It also is the gateway to summer family reunions, picnics and vacations.

Planning Ahead
If you are using your family cookbooks as part of a celebration, either a family reunion, Mother’s Day gift, Christmas gift, wedding favor, or other specific event, it is important that you plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to have your cookbooks printed and shipped for the event.

Family Cookbooks uses the latest in high speed digital printing to produce your family heirlooms. Generally it takes 2-3 weeks to get the files ready for the presses, print, bind and package to ship directly to you. However, during our busiest seasons – right before Mother’s Day and Christmas – it can take much longer.

Another thing to consider is shipping. We use UPS and USPS to ship our family cookbooks all over the USA and Canada. Shipping can take an additional week to have your cookbooks reach you.

Since personalized family cookbooks can make such great Christmas gifts, editors rush to get their print orders submitted in November in order to receive them in time for Christmas time gift giving. Normally, we have a November 30th deadline for delivery in time for Christmas. Save yourself (and us) the danger of not having your cookbooks ready and submit your holiday cookbook orders in October and beat the November rush.

When setting your deadline for recipe contributions, leave enough time for you to review all of the recipes and finalize formatting before you can submit your order for printing. In just 2-3 weeks, your cookbooks should be in your hands!

Wedding Season!

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There is no better way to get wedding guests involved prior to the event than asking them to contribute recipes for a wedding cookbook. Once the recipes are preserved online, they can be shared with other family members by email, individual printed recipes or provide a valuable lasting gift for attendees at the wedding reception.

“I just received our box of ‘Jake and Julia’s Friends and Family Cookbooks’ today! They turned out fabulous! I am so pleased, and so excited to give it to them at their wedding! Thanks so much for the wonderful website! This was just what we wanted, and we received such a great response from our family members who contributed.”
–Rita Flatz, Jake and Julia’s Friends and Family Cookbooks

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April Showers Bring May Flowers – and Mothers’ Day Cookbooks!

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This is a great time of year. It’s rainy, it’s sunny, it’s warm, it’s cold. We are all getting excited for new growth and fun get-togethers outside.

Mothers’ Day Deadline

Mother’s Day is coming quickly – May 10th – and it also is one of the best times to have your family cookbook published. If you are planning on having your cookbook ready for Mothers’ Day, you’ll need to get your print orders in by Wednesday April 22nd in order to receive them on time for gifts.

Wedding season is coming, too! How about a family & friends cookbook for a shower or bridal party gift?

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Getting Ready for Family Reunions

If your family has an annual family reunion in the summer, now is the time to get people contributing to your family cookbook. A cookbook is a great way to get family members excited about getting together – and what family reunion did not feature mountains of mouth watering food and family recipes!
If you don’t want to get people contributing before-hand, use the event to collect email address and get family members eager to contribute their best recipes.

Family Cookbook Project Wins Best Publishing Mobile App From Web Marketing Association

The Family Cookbook Project (www.familycookbookproject.com) has been named the Best Publishing Website in the Web Marketing Association’s 2014 MobileWebAward Competition. The Family Cookbook Project creates personalized cookbooks for individuals, families, church groups and schools. This is the second year in a row that the Family Cookbook Project recognized with this honor. The free Family Cookbook Project app can be downloaded for iPhone and Ipads at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/family-cookbook-recipes/id503938411?mt=8 or Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_fcbrecipes.layoscreen480x4801ut

The Family Cookbook Project online recipe box allows users to browse and use their recipes. Tools include our blog at your fingertips, latest recipes from our recipe database, notes for in the kitchen, a tip calculator and more! Users can enter their recipes at www.familycookbookproject.com and have access anywhere!

“The Great Family Cookbook Project is a website dedicated to helping families collect and preserve cherished recipes into a printed cookbook that can be passed down from one generation to the next,” says Chip Lowell, Co-Publisher and Technical Director of the Family Cookbook Project. “However, many people also like to access their recipes on the go from their mobile device. iPhone and iPad users now have an easy to use option to access their recipes”.

The Family Cookbook Project Website was started as a project in 2003 to help one family collect and organize a family cookbook. Overwhelming feedback from those who used the website led to its continued development and public launch. Currently, more than 42,000 families and groups have started family cookbooks using the website and contributors have entered more than 836,000 individual recipes.

“Personalized cookbooks have been around since the 1950s, however the process of collecting and organizing recipes has always been a labor intensive project for the cookbook editor,” says Lowell. “Now it’s easy and cost effective to have your very own cookbook printed. The Family Cookbook Project website provides step by step instructions and tools to help cookbook editors invite others to participate and allow them to enter their favorite recipes directly into the online system. The editor then simply reviews and edits the recipes, selects printing options, and sends the cookbook to be printed. The finished printed cookbooks are then received by the editor in only a few weeks”.

The Family Cookbook Project Website previously been recognized as the Best Publishing Website in 2013 and 2011 and Best Family Website in 2005. It also was recognized in 2012 and 2009 with the Standard of Excellence WebAward. It’s Family Cookbook Recipes App was also named Best Publishing App in 2013 by the Web Marketing Association.

“We thank Web Marketing Association MobileWebAward judges for recognizing our work. We will continue to develop ways to help families, schools and church groups create both online and printed cookbooks that become treasured heirlooms,” continued Lowell.

About the Web Marketing Association

Since 1997, the annual WebAward Competition is conducted by the Web Marketing Association, an independent organization founded with the purpose of evaluating and recognizing the standard of excellence on the World Wide Web. Award programs run by the Web Marketing Association include the WebAward Competition for Website Development, the Internet Advertising Competition and the MobileWebAwards.

About the Family Cookbook Project

The Family Cookbook Project is dedicated to helping individuals and families collect and preserve the time-honored recipes that are so important to our family traditions. The website at www.familycookbookproject.com provides step-by-step instructions and online tools to create a valuable family heirloom. Personalized cookbooks are also used by schools and church groups as important fundraisers. Groups looking to create cookbooks for fundraising efforts can also check out www.cookbookfundraiser.com.

Still More Family Cookbook Editor Comments

A few months ago, we asked our Family Cookbook Editors what they thought about our website, our software, our customer service and our cookbooks. 

Here are some of the comments they wanted to share:

“As I high school teacher with 160+ students, I am delighted by how this project puts the recipe together for you.  I love the pride my students exhibit when they see it published!”
Brenda Grueneberger

Class of 2013 Cookbook Project

“We have had many people tell us that the Sample Family Cookbook is their favorite cookbook, even many outside our family.  We really enjoyed being able to do this to honor our mom who taught us to cook and our dad by the donations we made to the Parkinson’s Foundation with a portion of our proceeds from the sale of our cookbooks.  Dad battled Parkinson’s Disease for many years but remained the pillar of our family until his death.”
Joy Coles

The Sample Family Cookbook
“The ease of use has been impressive and I think once I get the rest of my family on board we will have a great book that will stay in our family for years to come.”
Debby McKenzie

Family & Friends Cookbook
“I was delighted to find this website to create our family cookbook – had been searching online to find what I wanted and was not able to find it until reaching the familycookbookproject.com website – thanks so much for the creation of your site!” 
Carol Cruise

Cruise Family Cookbook
“Easy to use and format.  Allowed me to easily create a “memory generator” for family members”
Carol Haley

The McDonell/Borle Family Cookbook
“This cookbook together was easy and quick.  Talking with family members and sharing memories brought back so many wonderful meals that I had forgotten.  There is a wonderful Personal Notes spot that you can share memories about that recipe.   My children had never met my grandparents but now they will always remember where those recipes came from and why they are special.  Great experience and we now have an heirloom we will pass down for years to come.”
Darcy Bauer

Glenn Family Cookbook Project
“Working on my family cookbook, The Bisceglia Family Cookbook, with familycookbookproject.com was an absolute joy. The site is so easy to use and has everything you could want at your fingertips.  Any questions I had were answered quickly by Chip, who was extremely helpful and friendly. The final cookbook is beautiful and has become a family treasure.  Starting to work on a second edition now! Thank you, thank you!”
Eileen DiGregorio

The Bisceglia Family and Beyond Cookbook
“I am really having fun working with my dear elderly friend in creating Elean Ragan’s family cookbook to pass on to future generations. Thank you,”
Gayle Waylett

Elean Ragan’s Family Cookbook

“Being able to create a family cookbook of recipes from 4 generations and including photos of these family members has been a wonderful gift to our family.”
Dana Hoffman

Mercer Graham Maitland Family Cookbook

“I created a cookbook to give to our customers when they came here for a user group meeting. They loved the idea and were very pleased. It was a great hit with the customers and well as our employees.”
Christina Rude

The 2013 MAJIQal Cookbook
“It’s a great way to collect and publish all of your treasured family recipes. It’s easy to use and manage.”
Julie Lichty

The Lichty/Cope/Holthouse Family Cookbook Project
“I really like the family cookbook project.  My cookbook is taking longer than I would like and I hope you never impose a deadline. Your site, while great for putting a cookbook together, it is also a great online recipe box.”
Jeffrey Davis

Davis Family Recipes
“This is the second volume of our family cookbook.  The first one was done by me, using publishing software and manually entering everyone’s recipes.  This way is SO much easier!  Everyone puts their own recipes in, eliminating a source of transcribing error, and there is plenty of time to correct any errors before committing to print.  Our last cookbook had many errors that were not corrected before printing.  This way multiple people can test the recipe before it is printed, and directions can be clarified if necessary.”
Cyndie Snoddy

The Benson Family Cookbook Volume 2
“I have been so pleased with Family Cookbook, the ease of using the program and the reminders to keep me going!”
Audrey Stewart  

Thru The Kitchen Window

“After celebrating our mother’s 90th birthday, my computer wiz sister collected family memories centered around Mom.  Most of those memories involved food, meals and favorite recipes.  So I thought it would be nice to assemble our favorite recipes in a family cookbook.  Went on line looking for a site that would help me and found you!  Invited family members to add recipes and off we went!  That was almost 4 years ago.  The younger members of the family do not do paper.  They cook with their laptops on the counter and look at recipes on line.  So we decided not to make a paper book.  I then joined for life so everyone could just look up a recipe.  I think it is cool how you share our recipes with others.  My sister, Phyllis got the most hits on her turkey roasting recipe.  But I love the comment entry where we can share stories about our recipes.  That is the most unique item in your site that I enjoy very much.  Thank you.  Can’t tell you how many friends I have shared your site with.  What a wonderful service!” 
Libby Welter

Welter Family Cook Book

 

“After looking around for cookbook formats online, I decided on familycookbookproject.com.  It was the easiest and most user friendly for me.  I found that when I had any issues or questions, I only had to email you and got a solution very quickly.” 
Donna Weston

Tastes of Love from Cajun Hearts

Even More Thoughts From Our Cookbook Editors

A few months ago, we asked our Family Cookbook Editors what they thought about our website, our software, our customer service and our cookbooks. 

Here are some of the comments they wanted to share:

“Creating a cookbook with my Mom’s recipes made us cry and made me laugh.  After her passing, we found all these incredible little notes and reminders she had saved through the years.  We incorporated them into the cookbook, and everyone was delighted to have that little extra insight into her character.  I was also thrilled to find many recipes in her own handwriting and my grandmother’s own handwriting, which I scanned in and also incorporated into the books.  My sister helped me with the book from 3000 miles away, and we gave the books as Christmas presents to our siblings and all our nieces and nephews.  They were thrilled.  I was very happy with how easy it was to create our cookbook on your website.  You made it simple and cost-effective – both big bonuses.” 
Karolyn Miller
Karolyn’s Cookbook

“I have been reviewing recipe cards from my Mom and Aunt and a handwritten cookbook from my Grandmother. Thinking about the times we shared meals has been wonderful.”

Anne Currie-O’Brien
Recipes from Raggy Jane & Fran
“I really enjoyed this project.  The website was easy to use.  I hope to make another one in the future.” 
Ann Powers
Our Family Cookbook
“After years of having hand-written recipe cards in a ziplock bag, I was able to use the family cookbook project website to put together a tribute to a dear deceased relative who loved to bake. I scanned each handwritten card for the photo then typed each recipe so they would be easier to follow. I gave them as Christmas gifts to other family members. I titled it “Alicia’s Favorite Recipes” in honor of a wonderful daughter, sister and mother who loved to cook” It was a labor of great love, and I’m so grateful I found the family cookbook project website. I’m now working on a cookbook for my own recipes.”
Julie
Alicia’s Favorite Recipes
“The idea of compiling a family cookbook seemed to be a daunting task, but this project has been really easy and an enjoyable experience for us.”
Linda Hawkins
The Davis Daughters Family Cookbook


“I had talked for years about doing a family cookbook, but never found the right format.  When I got a Groupon for Family Cookbooks, I knew this was what I had been looking for.  Once I told my daughters and daughters-in-law about the project, they jumped on board, so I knew our family cookbook was going to become a reality.  I chose the working title to be “The Duttlinger Family Likes to Eat” planning something better before publication.  Instead I got outvoted and the title stuck!  When the cookbooks arrived everyone was thrilled with them and immediately began making things that have been in the family for generations, but they never knew how to make.  This definitely was a highlight for our family.  Thanks you for making my dream come true.”
Pat
The Duttlinger Family Likes to Eat
“My first experience was wonderful.  I didn’t know it could be so easy. My book was recipes from our Restaurant Buzzards in Mexico. It was just a whim but friends and customers expressed a desire to have one.  I ordered 300 and sold out in just a few months. Retired now and making a second book for the kids and grands.  As before Chip has been over the top helpful and writes back immediately when I have a little glitch. He informed me I can even take from my old book and include it in the new book, revise the old one, what ever I want to do. When I go on site both books are there for me. When my yearly membership is up I will defiantly get the life time option. Thank you familycookbookprofect.com from the bottom of my crockpot!”
Judie Jones
Buzzard’s Best
Familycookbookproject.comfinally gave me the tool to use to gather together my mother’s recipes in a professional looking manner at an affordable price. It might have taken forever without it. ”
Jill Bouvier
That Was Edible Norma- Mom’s Recipes And More
“My family enjoyed receiving the cookbooks for Christmas this year. I just wish I had been better disciplined to get the recipes typed in earlier so I didn’t have to rush at the last minute! ”
Ann Zanon
Family Favorites and The White Family Cookbook
“Our family is immensely pleased with the ease of the cookbook format. Writing family history about each recipe has brought our family sharing a wonderful experience.”
Joyce Nelson
BARBIN / BORDELON HERTIAGE COOKBOOK
“This is exactly what I was looking for, and more! The opportunity to pass on not just our favorite recipes, but the memories from around our table, all created in my personal style. Thank you Family Cookbook Project!”
Jennifer Parschauer
Mamma’s Kitchen to Your’s
“Using familycookbookproject.com has been amazing. I come from a huge family and it was a great way to bring my family together to share recipes for our family’s new cook book. I will definitely be using this site again for any future needs in making cook books.”
Kimberly Spanton
Bishop Family Cook Book
“I have used this site for years and found to be very user friendly. Prices are very good. I initially published a family cookbook, then began my own personal cookbook with all of my favorite recipes. Absolutely love this site!!!”
Cathy Janet
Cathy’s Favorites  

Thoughts From Our Family Cookbook Editors

A few months ago, we asked our Family Cookbook Editors what they thought about our website, our software, our customer service and our cookbooks. 

Here are some of the comments they wanted to share:


“A few years ago, my family printed A Peek into the Parsons Pantry.  It has been my main source of recipes ever since!  I have loved it.  I love being able to put personal notes on each recipe.  I love that the index can be alphabetical by recipe title or by contributor, or it is also organized by category.  Such a great cookbook, and I love that everyone just enters their own recipes.  So easy!”
Heather Byrd

A Second Peek into the Parsons Pantry
“I received this project as a gift from my son and have enjoyed sorting through the recipes to include specific items which the family will enjoy.”
Caroline Smith

The Smith Family Cookbook Project


“I was thrilled once I entered this website to see how user friendly it was.  It had been a while since I had taken on such a big project and I was unsure of being able to tackle thinking the site would be foreign.  BUT it was not at all,  It has tutorials for help and customer service is extremely fast at helping you.  I love that you enter the ingredients and method are entered separate.  You can include your own pictures is what I did and it turned out beautiful  The cookbook has rounded edges which to me was just a wonderful added touch!!  The website said 3 -4 weeks for printed delivery and we had our books in 8 DAYS!!  I am from Canada and I am just thrilled with this website and would encourage anyone who may be thinking doing a cookbook to definitely choose this site.” 
Karen Melnyk

Sing from Heart.  Recipes with love, from Ruth.

 

“It was much easier to get started than I thought it would be.  And much easier to get others interested in contributing.”
Adrienne Castle

Foothills’ Friends’ Favorites

“I always wanted to put our family recipes in a cookbook and have tried several formats.  This was without a doubt the easiest way for us to get together with our thoughts and ideas.  The fact that we made it a story book as well put charm in the book that had friends and family smile and cry.”
Charlotte  Ragsdale

Ragsdale Family Cookbook
“I love the Family Cookbook Project, what a great way to take those recipes from our friends and family and put them all in one place. I know as my Nana gets older lots of the Sunday dinner specials will become an old piece of paper that you can’t read, so I take those and save the memories for ever with Family Cookbook project! Thank you!”
Amanda McGovern

Cookies Recipes and Cookbook
“I am very satisfied with this site. It’s fun and easy to use and we will be using it again!”
Chantal  Lavigne
Leevee De Fonds/Fundraiser CIBC Sutton

“I used family cookbook project to put all my grandmother’s recipes in a book for all the grandkids and great grandkids. I was easy to use and very understanding. I plan on doing another one but with just my recipes. Thank you the great help you offer while working on the first cookbooks.”  
Nancy McInelly

GRANNY AND BOPPY’S COOKBOOK


“This was a fun project, made much easier by Family Cookbook friendly website.  We did it as a family project to have our family favorites in one place and at the same time, raising money for our two favorite charities.  I hoped to sell 50 but wound up ordering over 300 and we have none left.  Now we are getting requests for a second printing and/or another cookbook!  We loved every step of creating our cookbook thanks to Family Cookbook Project!”
Cheryl Doublin DeJulius

Four Sisters, A Legacy of Love from our Kitchens
“A fantastic way to collect and share family history through the tradition recipes we make and serve during the holidays!”
Judy Desroches

Family Recipes

“So easy to use and a great Christmas gift, I wouldn’t hesitate to use the website again. I spent about an hour a night plugging in recipes but also spent a lot of time looking over the covers and inserts that you can choose. The site makes everything so easy for you and the fact that you can preview everything to see if you like the cover, inserts, fonts, etc. rather than either having to print it or be stuck with it is great. Changes can always be made. If you give it as a gift, the looks you get after it is opened are priceless.”
Jim

Family Favorites Cookbook

 

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Meet the Guys Behind Family Cookbook Project

Chip Lowell and Bill Rice at a beach picnic on Cape Cod

Family Cookbook Project was began 10 years ago and was developed by two friends who both love cooking and food.  Bill Rice is the father of four and has worked on his family’s genealogy for more than two decades.  Over a wonderful summertime family meal on Cape Cod, Bill and some of his family decided to create a family cookbook.  Bill turned to his long time friend and programming expert Chip Lowell to develop a simple website to facilitate the project.  The site was such a hit with Bill’s family, the two decided to offer it access to other families looking for an opportunity to create a lasting family heirloom.

Both Bill and Chip brought a strong understanding of web development, marketing and the need for top notch customer service to help the development of Family Cookbook Project.

Bill Rice is an entrepreneur and the President of the Web Marketing Association. He brings a strong marketing and usability focus to the development of the website and it’s products. He also has written much of the text for the site and many of the blog posts (including this one!). He is an avid photographer and a senior contributor on the TripAdvisor website.

Chip Lowell is the technology guru behind the programming of Family Cookbook Project. He is also the Director of Sales and Marketing at CodeBlue Technology, LLC, based in Richmond, Virginia.  CodeBlue provides IT services throughout Richmond and central Virginia. Chip is also a grill master and loves to spend his free time (if he had any) in his back yard with his wife Sally trying new recipes on his Big Green Egg grill.

In ten years, we have had more than 53,000 cookbook editors use our system to collect and create online cookbooks for their family, friends, church, school, group or as a fundraiser. More than 142,600 contributors have submitted over 907,000 recipes so far and hundreds of new recipes are added every day.

So when you wonder why all of our customer service is usually done via email, it’s because we both have day jobs. However, Family Cookbook Project is a passion of ours. We love to be able to help promote the concept of personalized cookbooks for families and fundraising efforts.