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Introducing New BBQ Cookbook Covers

Both Chip and I, the two founders of Family, love to grill, smoke and BBQ. Cooking meat, seafood and veggies outside is kind of a guy thing (even though I know women that are excellent pitmasters!).

I was working on a new cookbook for my family featuring my favorite BBQ recipes and I did not find a cover that I really liked ever though we have a great library of cookbook covers to choose from.

So I had our professional designer come up with a series of cookbook covers that I loved so much that we are making them available to all of our cookbook editors to use.

Here are the new BBQ Cookbook covers:

If you are interested in BBQ and great BBQ recipes, be sure to join our Facebook BBQ Recipe group.

On Pinterest, we have two boards Food Guys Love and Family BBQ and Grilling Recipes to check out and follow.

Finally, here is a fun video we created for the BBQ community.



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!



What Our Cookbook Editor’s Say


Lucille Curcio and her Christmas Cookie Cookbook

In January, 760 Cookbook Editors responded to our survey and the results are outstanding! I have been sorting through the data and we will release the results next month, but many of the comments provided were very touching and heart warming and I wanted to share some of them with you.

I’ve also included some of the wonderful photos our editors have submitted with photos of them and their cookbooks. The photos do not necessarily go with the quote they appear with.

Quotes from Family Cookbook Editors

This company made it as easy as possible for a non-computer type like me to navigate the tasks.
–Nancy, A Cookbook for Nancy’s Grandchildren

I made this cookbook as a gift to my daughter for her 29th birthday. The recipes were collected from my mother, grandmother, sister, mother in law and my own collection. Both mothers and grandmother have passed away. So the sentiment and hard work behind this book has several meanings. My daughter cried when she read the inscription and realized what was in her hands, what was just given to her. Thank you for creating such a wonderful website for all of us to share. Blessings,
–Kathy, Kay Kay’s Recipes

Getting in and out of the website to add recipes is so convenient. The templates offered for organizing and recording recipes are really useful and well done! I’m glad to have a continual (lifetime) repository for important recipes I want to save for the family. We published our first edition in honor of our first daughter’s wedding and gave cookbooks to extended family members and close friends. It included pictures of her wedding. Many of us refer to it often for recipes and get reminded of such a lovely time. I also really enjoy the clever quotes provided by Family Recipe Cookbook. The spiral binding, page dividers, and format look really nice. We hope to collect more recipes and publish another edition when another daughter gets married.
Jeri Spurling, The Veree Tastee Family Cookbook Project

I have created cookbooks for non-profits from several different cookbook printing companies. Family Cookbook has been by far the easiest to work with and best to obtain the end product I wanted.
–Debby, The Family Cookbook

Your user-friendly program made my project enjoyable to put together. The professional book that you published after my editing made me look like a professional cookbook author. The best part for me and the greatest compliment to you is the reaction from my family when they opened their gift of the cookbook. They were teary-eyed with memories of the recipes, gratitude and love for Gramma Anne. Thank you so much for an enjoyable & excellent product.
–Elizabeth, Gramma Anne’s Favorite Recipes

Katy Hale with Cardinal Cooks! Friends & Family Favorites 2020

Creating my cookbook started out as a family cookbook, but as time went on, my family members were not very helpful. So I decided to make a cookbook that I could leave for my two daughters to have when I’m no longer alive. Turned out to be the best decision I could’ve ever made. Now, the family members that didn’t contribute actually want to purchase a copy of the cookbook because I included recipes I personally created as well as family recipes mom made while growing up in Mississippi. It’s been very easy adding the ingredients list and editing the recipes. It’s taken me a little more time to add the instructions to the cookbook because I’m going through each recipe, making it, and then editing the instructions so it’s easier for my daughters to make it with better directions. Once this treasure of a cookbook is complete, my daughters won’t have to wonder, “Now, how did mom make this!” It’s already documented.
–Shamecca, Blessed Hands

I was thrilled when I received my finished published cookbooks! They turned out better than I ever expected! It was such a joy to create it as I planned it as a surprise Christmas gift for my daughters. I had always wanted to pass down our family favorite recipes from their grandmothers and other family members. It was an emotional experience when they received it! Thank you!

Sheree Reese FAMILY COOKBOOK The website was very user friendly, so I found the process very enjoyable. The only frustration I felt came from my actual family!
–Lenore, The Knutzen Family Cookbook with Family Friends

My daughter-in-law begged me for years to give her all my old Italian and Portuguese recipes that were handed down from my relatives. I finally decided to do it, so I researched a dozen sites that offered cookbook programs. I actually started a book on two of them…but finally gave up. They were difficult to maneuver, impossible to edit, and low on the totem pole with customer service. Thank goodness I finally found The Great Family Cookbook Project! It is well organized, has lots of options, customer service is great if you ever need it (not likely) … and SO easy to use that when I gave the first version to my daughter-in-law last Christmas, I actually had to LIE to tell her how hard I worked to put it together!

This is a wonderful – and easy! – way to share those family recipes that get passed down through the generations. I was able to not only add the recipes, but I could also add photos of the finished meals!
–Elise, The Gillem Family Cookbook – Our Favorites Through the Years

The Balogh Family Cookbook is our first cookbook as a memory of my mother who was an amazing person and who has provided us many great recipes. My son and I translated her handwritten recipes from Hungarian to English in order to preserve the recipes for the next generation.

I am still working on my cookbook. My mother died four years ago and it has taken me a long time to be able to look at her recipes without crying. Now I realize she would be so proud to know I am doing this for future generations.
–Vicki, Momma’s Memories

Starting this project initially was just a way to organize my recipes to share with some friends. Once I saw how easy it was to use the software, I decided why not do a cookbook for charity. I serve on the board of The Salvation Army and our family has a scholarship fund at the local community college so with my sister’s help we decided to offer the proceeds from the sale of our cookbook to go to these two organizations. Within a couple of weeks of receiving our cookbooks it was sold out and we were able to share the proceeds with two deserving nonprofits. It has been a very rewarding experience that helped others in need and was a great gift to our family.
–Jinger and Karen, Jinger’s and Karen’s Favorite Recipes

I first used this site to make a cookbook so my kids would have our family recipes. I had so much fun making it and the response from our friends and family was so great that I made a second cookbook for wedding gifts. Now I’m making a third one also for gifts. I recommend Family Cookbook Project to all my friends. Thanks.

I volunteered to head up our family cookbook. It was the easiest project I have ever done. Cookbook staff is great and no question is too small.
–Gail, Eaton, Jorae, and Plunkett Reunion Remembrances Cookbook

With my parents retiring, it seemed like the perfect time to memorialize some family recipes. It started as a gift for my mom, but she is enjoying contributing and making the food so we can get photos of it too. It has become a family project. She also has a lot of great family memories to add.

Barbara Cortese and The Inserra and Cifarelli Family Cookbook

Francie’s Family Favorites was a work of love for me. I’m Francie’s third child and one of eight. It took me about two years to complete the cookbook. The main reason it took some time was that many of Mom’s recipes were actually just a list of ingredients, often with no or very general amounts. So I had to work with Mom to formulate actual recipes. This turned out to be the best part of the process. I got to spend hours visiting with Mom chatting about the recipes, her cooking experiences over the years, and many more family memories. I finished the cookbook in time for Christmas 2019. Mom passed in May 2020. I spent much of this past holiday season making recipes I’d enjoyed Mom making over the years but never made myself. Using the cookbook keeps me close to her. Thanks.
–Chris, Francie’s Family Favorites

Our grandparents owned a restaurant for many years. Our cookbook project allowed us to share precious family memories and recipes with the whole extended family and have them contribute treasured recipes from all the different cultures that have joined our family in the succeeding generations.
–Nanette, The Doherty Family Cookbook

It was a fun project. I gave a cookbook to each of my 5 grandchildren for Christmas this year along with various kitchen utensils. The age range is 13-27. They said it’s the best gift they ever got and will cherish it.
–Elaine, Gaga’s Secret Recipes

2 years ago, I realized I wasn’t going to live forever and wanted to created an impartation to my children that I called “The Heritage”. It was a deep message from my heart and a collection of works, included over 70 recipes that I wanted to put together in a book to be given to them and later passed on. Thank you so much for making this daunting task, not only less difficult but do-able! The Family Cookbook website is a great tool to help make my dream a reality.

The best part of the site is that it is a site designed to get you up and running, making a cookbook for those who have no experience in doing something like this. There are lots of places online where you could self publish a book, but no other options that I know of that specialize in making a cookbook. You guys have really hit the exact balance between making this process as simple as it could have been with maximal results.

Cory and Cory’s Cookbook: All Time Favorites

I have numerous cook books taking up space in my kitchen. Many of these have pages tagged of my most loved recipes. I loved the idea of having ALL my recipes in one place, as well as writing recipes for homemade dishes that my family loves. My boys’ loved this idea and asked if their significant others could add to the book too. I then opened it up to the girls and their mothers (more family recipes to be kept). The only thing that I asked is that every recipe they added must have been tried previously…thus the name of our cookbook “Recipes that Don’t Suck”. I can’t wait for the day that we finally have it finished!
–Lisa, Recipes that don’t Suck


This is just a hand full of the wonderful comments that our editors have provided to us. We will be adding additional comments down the road.


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 Dictate a Recipe Into Your Family Cookbook Project

If you have a pile of recipes that you need to enter into but are not looking forward to having to spend your days typing, there is an easier way. You can dictate your recipes using speech to text software built into your phone or computer. Your recipes are  turned into text that can be edited and then cut and pasted into the Add a Recipe form in your editor account.

There are several very easy ways to dictate recipes.

Mobile phones – If you use an iPhone, simply open up your notes application and create a new note. Next, look at the bottom right corner of your pop-up keyboard. You’ll see a little microphone. Click on this and you can start talking and the software in the phone will change your words into written text.

You might have to do some editing because it does not always get it right, but it still can be a great timesaver.

Microsoft Word – while typing is certainly the most common way to create documents, you’re not limited to using the keyboard. Word will let you dictate your writing using voice recognition. This works on both a Mac and a PC.

Make sure your computer has a microphone attached. This can be built-in like on a laptop or a separate microphone you plug into the computer. Make sure you are in the home tab of a word document and then look for the microphone icon on the right side of the menu bar that says dictate.

Remember to speak clearly and speak punctuation out loud as you go. For example you can say “new line“ if you want to drop down a line. When you finish a sentence, you just say the word “period”.

Dedicated application – There are also other commercially available apps that you can use to dictate your recipes. However, with a simplicity of your mobile phone or word processing software, I don’t know why you would need it.

Dictating your recipes can be a great timesaver. Once you have the text in a document, then you can simply cut and paste that recipe into in the Add A Recipe form and you are good to go.

By the way, this entire article was dictated on my iPhone. Good luck!


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 Profitable is a Cookbook Fundraiser?

One of the hardest things about creating a cookbook fundraiser is planning for how big your cookbook needs to be to generate the profit you wish to raise. Our 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.

Free Family Tree Tool 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 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!  

Please Help Us Make 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.

5 New Typefaces Available for Recipe Layouts

Family Cookbook Project has added five new typefaces to the custom recipe layout options for cookbooks created using the Family Cookbook Project system.





Cooper Black is an ultra-bold serif typeface intended for display use that was designed by Oswald Bruce Cooper in 1922. Its use in pop culture increased worldwide since 1966, when the Beach Boys used it for the cover artwork of their album Pet Sounds. It was then featured in the Doors’ L.A. Woman (1971) and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust (1972), and in the opening credits of The Bob Newhart Show, Garfield, and M*A*S*H. As a result, Cooper Black has become emblematic of late-’60s/early-’70s style.

Copperplate Gothic is a typeface designed by Frederic W. Goudy in 1901. While termed a “Gothic” (another term for sans-serif), the face has small glyphic serifs that act to emphasize the blunt terminus of vertical and horizontal strokes. It was designed in capitals only, since the design was intended to be used for headings and key words rather than for body text.The typeface is often used in stationery, for social printing and business cards. It is also classically seen acid-etched into glass on the doors of law offices, banks and restaurants.

Curlz is a whimsical OpenType Font display typeface designed by Carl Crossgrove and Steve Matteson in 1995. While decorative and without a historical model, the face bears comparison with the Emigre foundry’s 1991 typeface Remedy.

Hobo Standard is a sans-serif typeface. It is unusual in having virtually no straight lines and no descenders. It was created by Morris Fuller Benton in 1910. There are several theories regarding the font’s name, and in fact it is widely recognized as one of the more interesting mysteries in typographic history. The most complete and most plausible theory demonstrates how Benton, who lived and worked near a large Russian community, must have seen a particular cigar poster spelling what appears to read like “HOBO!” (“ново”, Russian for “New!”). The poster’s hand-lettering of the word bears striking and unique resemblances to the font; the shape of the O at the extreme right of the poster was probably traced by Benton to match his own Capital O precisely, and those shapes helped define the design of the font.

Monotype Corsiva  is an italic typeface made in the style of the early Italian cursives, as exemplified by the work of the writing master Ludovico degli Arrighi in the sixteenth century. The capitals are of swash design, with characteristic flourishes, designed primarily for use as initial letters. Corsiva can be used for short text passages in advertising but is best used to add sparkle to invitations, greeting cards and menus, and to give a sense of occasion to certificates and awards. This is also used on the Family Cookbook Project Recipe Tree cover option.

Monotype Corsiva joins seven original typefaces in the Family Cookbook Project Standard Recipe Layout Options: Times Roman, Arial, Comic Sans, Impact, Century Gothic Fancy, Script, and Palatino Centered. The other new type faces are available in the custom layout option for now.

Visit the Custom Recipe Layout option in the Layout and Design Center to see all of the typeface options.

Customizing Your Family Cookbook Recipe Categories

One of the things that we are most proud of at is the ability to give complete control of every aspect of making a cookbook to the project’s editor. We provide professionally designed options that are perfect for most people, but some have visions of something different.

One of the things that you can customize went creating your family cookbook project is your recipe categories.  We provide 8 basic recipe categories that organize your recipes into types of meal.

  • Appetizers & Beverages
  • Bread and Muffins
  • Soups, Stews, Salads and Sauces
  • Main Courses: Beef, Pork and Lamb
  • Main Courses: Seafood, Poultry, Pasta and Casseroles
  • Vegetables and Vegetarian Dishes
  • Desserts, Pies, Cakes and Cookies
  • Miscellaneous

By using our custom category tool, you can add different categories or change them altogether. For example, if you wanted to create a dessert cookbook, the categories would all be dessert related. We’ve also seen people organize their recipe sections by family member.

You can also create sub-categories or categories within categories. In my personal cookbook I have a category for Seafood and then I have added subcategories for Clams, Fish, Oysters, Crab and Shrimp. This way, if I need a shrimp recipe, they are all grouped together.

You can create your own Custom Categories and sub-Categories by going to the Recipe Center on your Editor’s Homepage.  Then click on Category Add/edit.   Once you add your new categories, you’ll see a sort field – simply number them as you’d like them arranged and Save.

One note, if you use both our default categories and your own custom categories, ours will come first, then yours in the order you set.  If you want full control, create all your own categories and set the selection to “Use ONLY your own custom categories” .

If you need to move recipes, there is a bulk move tool at the bottom of the Category Section Editor.


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!l

8 New Recipe Card Themed Covers Added to Family Cookbook Project Design Center

At Family Cookbook Project, we are always trying to improve our offerings to our members. We have a lot of requests about using recipe cards in cookbooks and that got us thinking about recipe card themed cookbook covers. So we are please to announce eight new pre-designed cookbook covers that you can choose when designing your own personal cookbook.


All of these new cookbook covers options are now available and can be found in the new Recipe Card Covers section of the Cookbook Cover Design Center.


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 Expands to the UK

Family Cookbook Project is pleased to announce that our personal cookbook making software is now available to individuals living in the United Kingdom at

Since 2004, our ever-expanding website has helped more than 90,000 individuals and families in the USA and Canada create beautiful lasting personal cookbooks. Now individuals in the UK have the ability to enter their best recipes into their online recipe box and create a beautiful printed customized cookbook that they can share with family and friends.

The website has been modified specifically for the needs of our new UK customers. It has the same functionality that will allow them to collect and enter their favorite recipes into the online program. The communication tools that allow them to Invite others to contribute online are available as well.

The cookbooks will be printed in Oxfordshire, north west of London, using The latest digital print equipment for fast turn-a-round. Our printer uses 100% renewable energy and works to recycle 99% of their waste.

Design your own cookbook has never been easier than by using Family Cookbook Project’s professionally developed covers, dividers and layouts to design your on personal recipe book.  Add your recipes, write an introduction and add photos if you wish. Our program will automatically create the table of contents and indexes for you and you’re ready to go.

Order as many cookbooks as you’d like and download our award-winning app to conveniently access your recipes from your mobile device.

For more information, visit


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!