Meet the Guys Behind Family Cookbook Project

Meet the Guys Behind Family Cookbook Project

Family Cookbook Project launched 17 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 three 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 VP of Business Development and Client Care at ACUMEN Corporation, based in Richmond, Virginia.  ACUMEN provides expertise in implementing the SAP Business One ERP platform for inventory intensive businesses like distributors and manufacturers in the mid-Atlantic area. 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/smoker.

In 17 years, we have had more than 125,000 cookbook editors use our system to collect and create online cookbooks for their family, friends, church, school, group or as a fundraiser. More than 300,000 contributors have submitted over 2.1 million 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.

If you don’t already have an account, make your own personalize cookbook at



Bill Rice and Chip Lowell are Co-Publishers of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories by creating their own printed personal cookbooks. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest