Category Archives: General Cookbook

Cookbook Fundraisers For Boy Scout Troops

It’s a fact of life. When you are part of Scouting, fundraising events helped the troop to provide the valuable activities and services that the scouts need to participate.

It is also a fact of life that doing the same old fundraisers year in and year out can put a damper on the enthusiasm of the scouts in your troop to participate-and their family and friends to support the efforts.

As an assistant scoutmaster for BSA Scout Troop 175 in Simsbury Connecticut, we have used Family Cookbook to host a successful fundraiser cookbook that everyone involved enjoyed.

One of our scouts, Jon, was looking for an innovative funding mechanism for his Eagle Scout project. He created an account on, invited the other scouts in the troop to contribute recipes and then sold the finished product to families in the troop and in the community. He raise thousands of dollars that he was able to use to build a wooden walkway through a wetlands area of a local state park.

The scouts all had a great time coming up with interesting recipes and seeing their name in print. The troop had a physical reminder of the project and new patrol leaders all have access to copies to help them with their trip menu planning and cooking merit badge.

John used a photo of his trip to Philmont on the cover of his cookbook however Family Cookbook Project offers several scouting related covers for troops to use.

If your troop would like to start a cookbook fundraiser, check out How to create a successful cookbook fundraiser.

Bill Rice is publisher of the Family Cookbook Project. He is also a father of an Eagle Scout and is a long-time Assistant Scoutmaster with BSA Troop 175 in Simsbury Connecticut.

Cookbook Editor Surveys Sent

By now all Family Cookbook Project Editors should have received a invitation to help us improve the site and tell us what you think.

Unfortunately, some of the surveys sent by SurveyMoney, an outside service called we used to send the surveys, mixed the name field with the wrong email address.

In no way is your cookbook account effected by this. It is a separate system that is being used for the survey.

Please take the survey if you have not done so already even if the name is wrong in your email. The only time your name and email will be recorded is if you leave it with your comments.

If you’d like to take the survey now, you can do so by clicking on this link.

We thank you in advance for your continued support and look forward to making the best cookbook creation site available!

4 Family Cookbook Mistakes to Avoid

Not to Do Check List

At Family Cookbook Project, we have been helping people create custom cookbooks for more than 15 years. We have learned a lot in that time and we wanted to point out some of the things not to do to make your personal cookbook a success.

Mistake #1 -Thinking that everyone in the family will be interested in participating. While it is always a good thing to invite as many people as possible to contribute to your family cookbook, expecting everyone to participate is simply unrealistic. There’s a lot of people in every family that just don’t like to cook, think they are too busy or simply forget and miss the deadline.

It’s important that once you invite your contributors that you keep them motivated by sending messages using family cookbook project reminder tool on a regular basis. You also can have them contacted when new recipes are added to the cookbook.

Mistake #2 – Making the One Final Perfect Family Cookbook. let’s face it, family cookbooks are living documents that are currently evolving just like the families themselves. my family is already on its third volume of recipes. A lot of people also add and use recipes online.

So the bottom line is don’t hold up the entire cookbook waiting for one or two specific recipes or contributors.

Mistake #3 – Making the Family Recipe Book Only About Recipes. Sure the cookbook will have great recipes, however what people really like to read are the personal notes about the recipes and why they are important to the people who contributed them. Family photos are another great way to make your cookbook truly your family cookbook.

Mistake #4 – Bad Proof Reading. One of the most important jobs as editor is reading all of the recipes activate been submitted to make sure the format is consistent and any miss spelled words are corrected.

Luckily Family Cookbook Project has created an “editor edit mode” which allows you to go through each recipe and make changes to them quickly and efficiently. You browser’s spell check will also point out questionably spelled words.

We would add a fifth mistake – not using Family Cookbook Project to organize and print your family cookbook!



Bill Rice is publisher of the Family Cookbook Project. His family cookbook, the Donovan Family Cookbook is now in its third volume. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!


Cookbook Printing in 8.5″ x 11″ now available from Family Cookbook Project

For many years, Family Cookbook Project has been helping individuals and families create and print wonderful cookbooks in the traditional 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch size. However, every once and awhile we get asked “how about an 8 1/2″ x 11″ size printed cookbook?”

After a lot of programming and work with our printers, we can now offer full sized 8 1/2″ x 11″ printed cookbooks that use all of our available professionally designed covers and layouts.

From Layout & Design you can click for cookbook size on the main options, and if you click Binders on the additional options, it shows there, as well.  Once a size is set, all previews/downloads show your cookbook in that size.  This is also helpful for those of you that want to print on your own to your home printer on full size paper!

The cost per cookbook will be higher that the traditional sized cookbook because of the increased paper costs. However the Printing Cost Calculator has been updated to show the pricing for both printed size options.

How Profitable is a Cookbook Fundraiser?

One of the hardest things about creating a cookbook fundraiser is planing for how big your cookbook needs to be to generate the profit you wish to raise. Our new Cookbook Fundraiser Profit Calculator at lets you change variables to help you determine the scope of your project.

Cookbook Fundraiser Profit Calculator

Click on the Green bars and enter the details for your Cookbook Fundraising project and see how much potential profit your fundraiser. Click the link above and give it a try.


Bill Rice is the Co-Publisher of Family Cookbook Project and it’s sister site,  websites that helps people create personalized cookbooks for families, friends and fundraising efforts.

Earn Money with Recipe Contests

We published a post about Making Money with Your Recipes that provided hints on how to enter recipe contests. Here is a list of recipe contests with deadline in August  that you might want to consider entering.

Hellmann’s Taste of America Challenge – create barbecue dishes that represent your state, region, home town, or culture. This could be Louisiana Barbecue Brisket slathered in a spicy Hellmann’s Real Ketchup sauce or Street-Style Corn Elotes with a tangy, creamy Hellmann’s sauce, or a new creation. It is entirely up to you. All that we ask is that you include a condiment from the Hellmann’s range and it belongs at a barbecue.
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: June 23, 2019 at 23:00 EST

Sutter Home Build A Better Burger Recipe Contest – 2019 –
Prize Details: The Grand-Prize Winner will receive $25,000 cash. Five (5) National Finalist Prizes: Trip to finals cook-off at Sutter Home Winery in St. Helena, CA. Twenty (20) Semi-Finalist Prizes: Trip to regional cook-off.
Deadline: July 31, 2019

California Strawberry Commission #GetSnackingChallenge – Share your original strawberry snack ideas on Instagram. Your post must include: A photo of your snack, The name of your snack, for example “Strawberry Toasties”, Include in the caption: #GetSnackingChallenge and @castrawberries
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: August 31, 2019 (with monthly winners as well)

Pasta Pioneer Challenge – Create and post a delicious, Italian-inspired recipe using Explore Cuisine pasta products on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Prize: Trip for 2 to Italy
Deadline: November 28, 2019



What they are saying about Family Cookbook Project.

“The 5 cookbooks I ordered arrived today!! All I can say is: WOW!!! I’m so impressed how it turned out. My prayer is that my adult daughters will love and treasure it! Thanks again— and thanks for putting up with all my calls and emails! It’s rare to get such gracious, efficient service these days. I commend you and your endeavors. Best wishes for Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!!”

“Dear Friends. It’s the old guy again. My two daughters and I waited yesterday evening because we knew our first book was out for delivery. It was near 7pm when the UPS truck came. We opened a box to view the books and we were overwhelmed with their beauty. We actually cried to see how great they were. Our own new and very old recipes in a beautiful book. Your software is so nice and you are so great in answering questions that an 86 year old guy like me could use the program. These are going to be our Christmas presents for our family and friends, how great is that? Merry Christmas you you and your families.”
–Lloyd Cyr, The Cyr Family Favorites

“I received my cookbooks several weeks ago. Not only am I extremely pleased with the published book but everyone that I have given one to has been thrilled. The cookbook looks very professional and your software made it very easy to create. Thank you.”
–June Ledet, Favorite Family Recipes of the Ledets and Blocks

“This has been a very good experience for me. My order is a very small, humble one, but please know how very important it is for my family. My mom passed away a few months ago and the 2 year anniversary of my dad’s death is next week. They were married for over 60 years. I feel their absence most acutely. However, my mom was a wonderful cook, and working on this project has really helped me feel closer to her. And my older son is really following in her footsteps. At 26, he is already becoming a very good cook. This cookbook is really for him and me. So, although the project is a small one for you, it is a very big one for us. It has already made a profound impact on my life, one that I know will only be increased as he and I begin using the cookbook to make my mom’s long lost recipes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
–Barbara Pauly, In the Kitchen with Nana

Organizing your recipes in your Personal cookbook

Over the past 15 years, Family Cookbook Project has continually updated its software to meet the needs of you, our cookbook editors. One of the things that we have done is make it easy to organize your recipes as much as you’d like. This blog post will go over some of the ways you can organize how your recipes appear in your personal cookbook.

Recipe categories

Recipe categories are general classifications that allow similar recipes to be placed together. For example, appetizers or desserts. Here are some of your options for categories in the Family Cookbook Project:

Default categories – when you first start your cookbook, these are the categories that are assigned to every cookbook. They are well thought out and can cover just about every type of recipe you may want to add to your cookbook.

Custom categories – whether you want to add just a single new category or completely redo the categories to best meet your needs, you can use the custom category tool to accomplish this.

Subcategories – One of the newer additions to the software is the ability to add subcategories to your cat. This allows you to group recipes of a specific category under the main, or top-level, category. For example in the default category appetizers and beverages, you may want to create a subcategory for appetizers and a sub category for beverages. That way each type of recipe appears with like recipes.

Recipe sorting

Recipe sorting determines in which order the recipes appear within a category. Here are your options for recipe sorting:

Shortest to longest – this is the default sorting option. It places the shortest recipes upfront so more recipes can appear on a single page. Usually it is the most cost-effective way to organize your recipes.

Alphabetical – this is a very popular way to sort your recipes. The titles are organized alphabetically so that As come before the Bs and so on.

Custom Sort – One of the coolest additions to the software is the ability to sort your recipes anywhere you want. This tool will show you a list of all your recipes and you can move them to the location and it makes sense to you.

How you sort your recipes is completely up to you. Family Cookbook Project just wants to make sure you have the tools you need to create the perfect personalized cookbook.

Sample of the custom sort tool

Bill Rice is the Co-Publisher at Family Cookbook Project which helps individuals and fundraising groups create cherished personalized cookbooks using the power of the Internet. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.

Copyrighting Recipes

One issue that comes up regularly for family cookbook project editors is the topic of copy-writing recipes and proper usage. While we at the are not lawyers and do not give legal advice, our research shows that recipes cannot generally be copyrighted. At the same time, it does not make it right to simply take credit for other people’s work. One way to avoid this is to give credit where credit is due. If your contributor submits a recipe that they originally found in a magazine or cookbook, it is appropriate to list the source in the notes section of the recipe.

A few articles of interest in this topic

Copyright Office flyer on recipes

Copyrighting Recipes

Questions & Answers – Copyrighting Recipes

Bill Rice is the Co-Publisher at Family Cookbook Project which helps individuals and fundraising groups create cherished personalized cookbooks using the power of the Internet. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.

Family Cookbook Project Newsletter Wins Award

The Family Cookbook Project ( has been named the Best Family & Publishing Newsletter of 2019 by the Web Marketing Association’s 17th annual Internet Advertising Competition Awards.  The Family Cookbook Project creates personalized cookbooks for individuals, families, church groups and schools.

“The Great Family Cookbook Project is a website dedicated to helping families collect and preserve cherished recipes into a printed cookbook that can passed down from one generation to the next”, says Chip Lowell, Co-Publisher of the Family Cookbook Project.  “We are proud that our communication efforts have been recognized by the Web Marketing Association with this IAC Award.  Our monthly newsletter is sent to our 66,000 editors to help them get the most out of their cookbook creating experience. We will continue to develop our site and our communication programs 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 100,000 families have started family cookbooks using the website and have entered more than 2 million individual recipes.

Thousands of entries from around the world were adjudicated in 85 industry categories during this year’s competition. Entries were judged on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copy writing, memorability and use of the medium. 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.