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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.

Big Changes for Cookbook Fundraising

Cookbook Fundraiser Homepage

Creating a community cookbook has long been a great way to help raise money for worthwhile causes and Family Cookbook Project has create a version of our popular Family Cookbook Project Website just for fundraising efforts. It’s called Cookbook Fundraiser.com.

While the site has been successful for many years, we decide to begin a major upgrade to offer better tools and make it easier to navigate the process of creating a fundraising cookbook.

Here are some of the new things we are instituted:

Color scheme – You might not think it’s important but updating the color of the site makes it easier on the eyes when working to create your cookbook. It’s one of the things that you might not think about, but we do.

Profit Calculator – 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 lets you change variables to help you determine the scope of your project, including the impact of selling advertising.

Internal navigation – We have updated the layout of the editor’s homepage to be consistent with the popular update to the FamilyCookbookProject.com site. This update takes all the links and tools needed to create a cookbook and organizes them into six sections

  • Recipes Center
  • Layout & Design Center
  • Cookbook and Account Info
  • Communications Center
  • Ads and Marketing Center
  • Cookbook Publishing Center

5 Step Process – There are a lot to think about when running a successful fundraiser. We have made it much easier for the editor by listing the steps in a logical order, so editors can start of the top and get everything accomplished in a timely manner.

Cookbook Sales Flyer – We have designed a color 8.5”x11” poster that can be used to promote your fundraising cookbooks for sale and let the public know where to find them.

Sample Press Release – Promoting the sale of your fundraising cookbook in the local newspaper and radio stations is easy with this sample press release. Just fill in the blanks and you are ready to go.

Advertising Sales Tool – One of the features we are most proud of is our new Interactive Advertising Sales Tool. This tool walks you through all the steps necessary to sell enough advertising in your cookbook to cover the cost of printing! We even are willing to buy the first ad!

If you, or someone you know, are looking for a great idea for a successful fundraiser, please check out CookbookFundraiser.com and create a community cookbook that will be treasured forever.

All types of community groups hold profitable cookbook projects, such as: Church fundraisers, School Fundraiser, Sports Team Fundraiser, Scouting Fundraiser, and Cancer Fundraiser, just to name a few.


Top Cookbook Covers of 2018


At FamilyCookbookProject.com, we offer 55 different professionally designed covers to help editors create their perfect cookbook. We thought it might be interesting to see what was the most popular covers printed over the past 12 months. Here are covers chosen on print orders in 2018.  Note, Garden 1 is the default and sometimes people with full custom covers have that and it’s hidden, but they did not actually choose it.

The most popular cookbook cover last year was Recipe Tree, accounting for almost a quarter of all printed covers. This is followed by Custom Covers when editors use their own design skills to create a personalized cover.

To see all of our available professionally designed cookbook covers, go to the Layout and Design Center in your editor’s account and select Cookbook Covers.

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.

Rating Your Favorite Recipes

StarsCreating a printed personal cookbook on FamilyCookbookProject.com can be a rewarding experience, but your interaction with the website does not have to stop there.

A majority of people who have created cookbooks continue to use the website as an online resource either from their desktop computer or by using our “award-winning” mobile app.

One fun thing to do is to rate the recipes you use from your cookbook.

Rating recipes is easy. Go to the “view recipes by contributor” and find the favorite recipe that you have added to the cookbook so far. Click on the title of the recipe to view it.  Right under the title is something that says “Rate this recipe” and 5 gray stars. To rate this recipe, simply click on the last star of your score. So if you think it is a “5 star” recipe, click on the last star. If it is a “4 star” recipe, click on the fourth star and so on.

You can also click in between to stars to give it a 4.5 star rating!

The next person who views the recipe will see your rating (although they will not know it came from you) and will be able to leave their own rating.

Over time you will see how many people rated your recipes and how much they liked them. It is one more way FamilyCookbookProject.com helps to build a dialog around your recipes.

Give it a try today and invite the others in your cookbook to do the same!

How To Bold Text In Your Family Cookbook Project Recipe

Html-tagHave you ever wanted to call everyone’s attention to a specific line an a recipe?

Do not cook longer than 10 minutes!

Add ingredients in this specific order!

Do not preheat your oven!

Certain directions are critical to the outcome of a favorite dish and Family Cookbook Project as made it easy if you want to bold your text in a recipe.  You just have to learn HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language, the programming language of every website on the Internet.

Now before you say “I’m not a computer programmer, I can barely turn on my laptop””. It’s super easy for what you want to do.

In directions, comments and ingredients when you are adding a new recipe, you can use simple HTML tags like:

<b>BOLD</b>
<i>Italic</i>
<u>Underline</u>

Replace the word between the tags with what you want to appear in that format. It’s as simple as that!

For example <b>Do not cook longer than 10 minutes!</b> looks like this Do not cook longer than 10 minutes!

If you use Do not cook longer than 10 minutes! it will look like this Do not cook longer than 10 minutes!

and if you use <u>Do not cook longer than 10 minutes!</u> it will look like this Do not cook longer than 10 minutes!

The most important thing to remember is that all tags start with “<>” and end with a “</>”. If you forget the /> then every thing else in your recipe will be based on the tag you used. Don’t forget your “</>”!

Family Cookbook Project is always looking for ways to make your favorite recipes come to life for you and your family.

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Scouting Cookbook Covers Added to FamilyCookbookProject.com

A great scouting fundraising idea is to create a Scouting Fundraiser Cookbook. While the Girl Scouts have their cookies to sell, most troops rely on other means to raise the funds for trip trips, Eagle projects, summer camp and upgrading camping gear.

The Family Cookbook Project knows how important a fun and easy fundraising project is for a troop to raise the funds to support the outstanding job at helping to develop our countries next generation of leaders. That’s why we help been helping troops raise money with Scouting Fundraising Cookbooks for years. Not only can it be profitable, but it is a fun project the scouting families can enjoy as well.

To help support the scouting community and make creating a Scouting Fundraiser Cookbook even easier, The Family Cookbook Project has introduced four new scouting-themed covers that can be used on a troop cookbook.

Scout Fundraising Cookbook Cover Scout Fundraser Cookbook Cover Scout Coobook Project Camping Cookbook Cover

 

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Family Cookbook Project Launches New Cookbook Cover Selection Tool

Cover ToolFor more than a decade, Family Cookbook Project has helped families, churches, schools, community groups and individuals create personalized cookbooks to share with family and friends and to raise money for good causes. That process just got even easier!

Family Cookbook Project is pleased to announce its new Cookbook Cover Selection Tool. Part of the cookbook design section, this new tool displays images of each professionally designed cookbook cover that users can select with a single click.

The covers are divided into categories, including: Family, Farm, Food, Fundraising, General, Holiday, Kitchen, Religious, School, Wedding. There is also an option to see all of the covers at the same time. New categories and covers are already in the works and will be announced shortly.

Users also have the option to create their own custom cookbook cover and upload that to the Family Cookbook Project Website.

To view the Cookbook Cover Selection Tool, log in to your editor’s account and select “book options and design”. Here you will see the cover categories displayed with a “+” next to it. Click on the category label to expand the section and see the covers associated with that category. It’s that simple.

In addition to cookbook covers, divider options and recipe layout options have been upgraded to use the same technology to display options in a convenient, easy to use arrangement.

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Get Your Sport’s Team Fundraising Cookbooks Here!

Football Fundraising CookbookTeam sports are a great way to instill valuable life lessons to our youth. Teamwork, hard work, perseverance, how to both win and lose. These things are learned by being part of a team. However the cost for running team sport program can be more than what many families can afford.  Team organizers often turn to fundraisers to help defray the costs of expenses like gear, travel, field and court time and more.

For many years, youth football programs, youth soccer programs, cheer squads, have used fundraising cookbooks as a way to bring the team and it’s community together. The team members share their family food traditions and at the same time create a lasting reminder of their membership on the team and even or raise funds for worthy causes.

Family Cookbook Project, using the power of the Internet, has been helping teams create team fundraiser cookbooks successfully and profitably. Our step by step guidance and simple online make creating a successful fundraising cookbook a breeze.

Family Cookbook Project recently added 5 new sports-themed cookbook cover option to our already extensive offerings. And more are on the way!

Cheer Fundraising Cookbook Soccer Fundraising Cookbook Cheerleading Fundraiser Cookbook Soccer Fundraiser Cookbook Football Fundraising Cookbook

 

 

 

 

 

To start your own team fundraising cookbook project, go to our fundraising specific site www.CookbookFundraiser.com

Family Cookbook Project Updates Mobile App for iPhone and iPad

screenshot31The Family Cookbook Project (www.familycookbookproject.com) has recently updated it award winning  Mobile Application for Apple iPhones and iPads.. The free app can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/family-cookbook-recipes/id503938411?mt=8

The app for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_fcbrecipes.layout

“While we are looking to add new features to our award-winning app in the future, this update was needed for the app to work on the new version 9.3.4 of the Apple iOS,” says Chip Lowell, Co-Publisher and Technical Director of the Family Cookbook Project. “If you have upgraded your iPhone to operating system 9.0 or greater, you will need to delete the current app and download the new one for all of the features to work correctly. It is very simple to do”.

Recipes are not effected by deleting the original application and installing the new app.

The Family Cookbook Project online recipe box allows users to browse and use their recipes. Tools include our blog at your fingertips, latest recipes from our recipe database, notes for in the kitchen, a tip calculator and more! Users can enter their recipes at www.familycookbookproject.com and have access anywhere!

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 68,000 families and groups have started family cookbooks using the website and contributors have entered more than 1.14 million individual recipes.

The Family Cookbook Project Website and apps have been recognized for their ease of use and functionality by the Web Marketing Association for many years. In 2015, the mobile app was named Best Family Mobile Application in the 4th annual MobileWebAwards. The Family Cookbook Project website was recognized as the Best Publishing Website in 2013, and Best Family Website in 2005. It also was recognized in 2015, 2012 and 2009 with the Standard of Excellence WebAward.

About the Family Cookbook Project

The award-winning Family Cookbook Project is dedicated to helping individuals and families collect and preserve the time-honored recipes that are so important to our family traditions. The website at www.familycookbookproject.com provides step-by-step instructions and online tools to create a valuable family heirloom. Personalized cookbooks are also used by schools and church groups as important fundraisers. Groups looking to create cookbooks for fundraising efforts, can also check out www.cookbookfundraiser.com.

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How To Make A Bridal Shower Cookbook

bridal-showerHere is a great idea next you need to plan a bridal shower for a friend or family member – a bridal cookbook!

One thing every new bride to be needs is great recipes to feed her family. Both families as well as friends can help get this started by contributing recipes as part of a bridal shower!

Here’s how to do it:

When you send out your bridal shower invitations, include a link to your family cookbook project cookbook, use the Invitation Tool and add everyone’s email. This will send everyone a link that will allow them to contribute their recipes. Set a deadline for entering recipes about three weeks from when the invitations are sent. Remember people will also wait until the deadline!

Get both of the mother’s to contribute the most recipes if possible. This way both the bride and groom with have lots of recipes that they grew up with in their cookbook. Using Family Cookbook Project’s Custom Categories Tool, you can even create a special category for each mom’s recipes.

As the recipes are being entered, start planning how the cookbook will look.

Cover – Family Cookbook Project offers several cookbook covers specifically for bridal cookbooks or wedding cookbooks. You also can create a custom cover with the name of the cookbook and a photo of the couple.

Write an introduction – The best bridal cookbooks will have an introduction written by the individuals giving the bridal shower. An introduction can be used wish the couple well wishes and to talk about the importance of family.

Add Photos – Photos can help bring your cookbook to life. You can add photos of the lucky couple on top of recipes, or create custom pages to highlight photos of the bride and groom as they were growing up and while they were dating.

Finally, it is time to print your cookbook. Make sure you give yourself enough time to order your cookbooks and have them printed, at least 3-4 weeks if possible. Be sure to order enough copies for each attendee as well as several extra copies for family members that can not attend the event.

For the event, make some of the dishes from bridal cookbook and serve them at the event. Include a place card with the dish name and include the page number from the cookbook. Finally, if you are looking for a great wedding favor, try creating a Wedding Cookbook for your family and friends!

 

 

Bill Rice is Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!