How does Family Cookbook Project Rate with you?

In today’s online world, independent ratings are how people judge the quality of a product or customer service before investing their hard earned funds to buy something and Family Cookbook Project is no different.

We are always looking to grow our program to help individuals preserve family recipes for future generations. We get a lot of new customers from our existing Cookbook editors sharing their experience with family and friends and them signing up themselves.

So one way you can help us is to tell your friends how they can take advantage of creating a personal cookbook on FamilyCookbookProject.com

Another way to help is to leave a review on TrustPilot to help new customers see how our existing customers like our customer service.  TrustPilot is an independent service that rates companies.

If you have a moment, would you mind rating us at TrustPilot.com?  It’s always helpful to hear good things from actual people using our site.

https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.familycookbookproject.com

Free Family Tree Tool

FamilyCookbookProject.com is often asked if users can include a family tree in there personal cookbook and we also say “Of course! You can have as many custom pages as you wish in your Family Cookbook.”

The hard part is creating a good looking family tree graphic without being an artist or computer wiz.

We have found a free online tool that can help you create a simple family tree from scratch or you can use one of their pre-designed templates.

The website is Creately.com and we have no connection with them. We just found this tool and thought our editors would be interested.

To get started you can pick one of the templates and then create an account. You can have up to 3 charts going before you are required to pay. You also have the ability to start from scratch and build your own design.

If you plan an including your family tree in your cookbook, be sure to export the image as a Jpeg file. This can then be included as part of your introduction or on a custom page in your cookbook.

Here is another family tree created using the tool.

 

Bill Rice is is his family’s genealogist and founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

 

Family Cookbook Goes French and Spanish

Have you ever wanted a recipe to make Étouffée or use a  jalapeño in a recipe in your family cookbook?

We are pleased to announce that FamilyCookbookProject.com can now display both French and Spanish accented characters.

Until now, inserting accented characters in your text resulted in question marks replacing the characters. Now you can use these characters in your title, contributor name, ingredient list, directions, and personal notes.

Each field has a drop down menu for “Insert Characters”. When you need to use an accented character, simply click on the pull down menu and select the one you want. If you have a keyboard that uses these letters, they can be automatically included when you type them.

French uses five different types of accented characters. In no particular order, they are:

  • ç – the cedilla (la cédille)
  • é – the acute accent (l’accent aigu)
  • â/ê/î/ô/û – the circumflex (l’accent circonflexe)
  • à/è/ì/ò/ù – the grave accent (l’accent grave)
  • ë/ï/ü – the trema (l’accent tréma)

Spanish Letters and Accents include: á, é, í, ó, ú, ü, ñ, ¿, ¡

The tool also allows you to insert special characters like degrees º, Trademark ™, Copyright © and common fractions like ½.

 

Follow Family Cookbook Project on Social Media

Family Cookbook Project is not simply a cookbook Publisher, it’s a community where individuals and families gather and share recipes and food memories.

We have created a system that makes it easy to gather and publish your family food traditions. However we also try to give valuable advice on how to make your cookbook better, how to create better recipes and even how to better understand cooking.

There are many ways to learn how to build a better cookbook. Here are just some of the ways you can follow us on social media.

Facebook

Follow us on Facebook to get interesting recipes from our editors, ideas to improve your cookbook and general cooking tips.

We also have specific pages created for barbecue recipes and cookie recipes, be sure to follow those pages if they are of interest.

Pinterest

Cooking and recipes are one of the largest categories being shared on Pinterest today and Family Cookbook Project has 18 different boards filled with great recipes and cooking tips and ways to improve your cookbook. Some of the more interesting recipe categories include Food Guys Like, Recipes from Around the World, Let-us Eat Salad, Big Shrimp Recipes and even What’s for Breakfast.

Instagram

Family Cookbook Project has just created its Instagram account and will be sharing recipes and tips on this platform as well.

Twitter

If you don’t follow any of the other social media platforms then you will find us at Twitter with the same great information. Follow the hashtag #familycookbookproject

 

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Family Cookbook Project During the COVID-19 Crisis

Our hearts go out to anyone in our Family Cookbook Project.com community that have been affected by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, either through sickness, loss of a loss loved one, loss of employment, or the effects of social distancing. This affects all of us and only together will we rise above and beat this crisis.

With the forced isolation brought on by social distancing and quarantines, we have seen an increase in the number of recipes being added to the system each day. Our system is designed to handle any increase in traffic with minimal impact to the user. We hope this also corresponds with an increase in trying new interesting family recipes since dining out options have been limited.

As a Family Cookbook Project editor, here are some ideas to add a silver lining to this crisis.

  • Reach out to your contributors and ask them if they have any extra time to contribute a few recipes to your cookbook.
  • If you’ve already printed your cookbook, now is a good time to unlock it and ask contributors to start working on volume two.
  • Add to a recipe story. Family Cookbook Project.com offers an online ability to add comments to recipes that you’ve tried in memories that you have. Ask people to contribute their stories to the recipes they make and try.
  • Use your extra time to review for more than 50 professionally design covers available for your cookbook and get it ready for printing.
  • Create a specialty cookbook. Do you have a lot of dessert recipes or maybe ethnic recipes? Consider creating a small cookbook with just those recipes. These kind of cookbooks make great gifts.

These are just some simple ideas to help you take your mind off of the difficult times we are experiencing and look forward to a brighter future.

 

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Recipe Search Tool Update

One aspect of our FamilyCookbookProject.com website that always gets a lot of traffic is our Recipe Search Tool. This allows anyone to search for interesting recipes from thousands of family cookbooks that have not not been marked private.

We are currently reworking the programming behind our recipe search. The database has grown to more than 2 million recipes and was effecting the  entire publishing system as editors were getting their cookbooks ready to print for Christmas.

We hope to have the search tool back online shortly.

In the mean time, you can use Google to search our recipes Here is an article How to Use Google to Search Within a Specific Website showing with easy to follow pictures on how to do it.

https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Google-to-Search-Within-a-Specific-Website

 

Please Help Us Make FamilyCookbookProject.com Better

Most of the innovations we incorporate into Family Cookbook Project come from our editors and contributors. In order to better gauge how people like our program and what they would like to see added, we ask all of our cookbook editors to take this 9 minute 2021 Cookbook Editor Survey to help us improve our offering. We will share the results of the survey on our blog later this year.

We are also entering everyone who completes the survey into a drawing for a $100 AMEX Gift Certificate.

Please click here to take the 2021 Family Cookbook Project Editor Survey.

Top Food For Though Blog Posts of 2020

Family Cookbook Project is very proud of our blog Creating A Family Cookbook Project. Each week we post articles on what’s new for Family Cookbook Editors, recipe writing hints, How to make a better family cookbook articles and general cooking tips for our readers.

Here are the  most read articles of 2020:

1) How To Scan Recipe Cards into a Family Cookbook

2) Common Peppers at your Grocery Store

3) 4 Family Cookbook Mistakes to Avoid

4) How Many Recipes Should a Cookbook Have?

5) Cost of Printing A Family Cookbook

6) Family Cookbook App for iPhone and Android!

 

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

How to Write A Great Recipe Title

Your recipe title is the single most important element of your recipe. This is because your title is a headline, and the headline in any type of content has one special and powerful property.

Think about how you read a cookbook looking for a recipe to try.  You don’t start in the front and read every page like a novel then pick the one you want. No, you scan the pages looking for a photo or recipe title that catches your eye and looks interesting!

Of all the elements in your recipe, the title has the greatest power for grabbing your readers’ attention and the greatest responsibility for enticing them to continue and read your recipe It follows that the better your title, the higher the chance of turning a recipe scanner into a recipe reader (and ultimately a recipe user).

For a recipe title to be effective it needs to consider several things:

Grab Attention – Like any headline you need to grab the readers attention.

Describe the food being prepared – “Gruel” is one of my son’s favorite dishes, however it no one outside the family knows what it is. Including the main ingredient of the dish and even how it us prepared make the title more useful. “Baked Hamburger Gravy” would be a more descriptive title for our gruel.

Be different and unique – If you have seen the recipe title before, it does not belong on your recipe!

Include the source – In family cookbooks, certain people are associated with certain recipes. Grandma’s Apple Pie or Lou’s Lemon Bars help the reader image exactly what dish you are referring to. It just does not help anyone who is not at family gatherings!

Sell the sizzle as well as the steak – This means to highlight the benefit, the reason why this recipe is worth making.

Recipe titles that address cooking and eating needs are more likely to seduce the reader into the recipe itself. A good title clearly shows the reader which of their cooking and eating needs the recipe addresses. Every readers’ need is different. For example, it could be for something indulgent or something low fat, or something quick and easy or something sophisticated and thus involved, or something refined or something rustic.

Consider the following recipe titles: ‘Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies’, ‘Quick ‘n’ Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies’, ‘Grandma’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies’, ‘Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies’. Notice how each title addresses a different need and even appeals to different audiences. Quite simply, as the chocolate chip cookie examples show, it’s all down to the words you choose for your title.

With a little thought and imagination, your recipe titles can stand out and make your readers give your recipes the attention they deserve.

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!