What Is The Hardest Thing About Creating A Family Cookbook?

Family Cookbook Project  has been helping individuals and families create and print cherished customized cookbooks full of their own personal recipes. We thought it would be interesting to learn more about the typical person who wanted to create a cookbook.

Earlier this year, we surveyed 2,041 Cookbook Editors and asked “What was the hardest thing about creating a family cookbook?”. We received 1,600 individual responses and here are some things we hear the most:


When asked for specific comments, here is what some of the editors said:

Finding the exact recipes of grandparents who have passed,

Getting people to contribute.  When I send a letter, other people will contribute. I’ve contributed the most.

I don’t really use recipes so it’s hard to put them into recipe form

Deciding which recipes to include.

Reading my mother-in-law’s handwriting!

Finding time and translating a ” pinch of this, a handful of that” into standard measurements.

Figuring out the amounts of ingredients. I cook by feel…

Scanning hand-written two sided recipes.

Getting all my recipes in order.

Deciding what pictures to add.

Sifting through all the papers, magazine clippings, and anything else we had be relying on around the house for our recipes.

I like to photograph the dish so it takes time. All recipes are in my head and trying to measure out the ingredients

Getting everyone motivated to add recipes.

Nothing was difficult, it just takes time to type the recipes. Not a big deal.


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!

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