Category Archives: Family Cookbooks In the News

Food For Thought Newsletter Wins Best Recipe Newsletter of 2021

The Family Cookbook Project (www.familycookbookproject.com) has been named the Best Cooking and Recipe Online Newsletter of 2021 by the Web Marketing Association’s 19th 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.

FamilyCookbookProject.com In the News

Increasingly, more websites are finding out about FamilyCookbookProject.com and writing about their experiences with creating their own family cookbook using our website. Here are some recent articles you might enjoy. Preserving Cherished Food Memories with a Family Cookbook – This is a guest post by Family Cookbook Project founder Bill Rice on the website Nothing But Net Nanny, a social blog that will offer a fun, inspirational and even self-deprecating take on aging, retirement and fitness…or lack thereof

HOW TO CREATE A CUSTOM FAMILY COOKBOOK THE EASY WAYAll Things with Purpose is a creative lifestyle blog started by Sarah Kemp as a place to share DIY tutorials, tips, money saving advice and homeschooling resources. She created her own family cookbook and wrote about the experience. What if You Could Have Just One Cookbook? Wouldn’t That Make You Happy?– Shea Hulse’s Realize Your Natural Potential is another website blogger who started a family cookbook and loved is so much she wrote about the experience on her website. Create a personalised family cookbook filled with your own recipes – Eat Simply is a top rated food blog in the United Kingdom and she writes about her experiences with FamilyCookbookProject.co.uk, the UK version of our site.   Please visit these website and check out the articles.

Family Cookbook Featured in The Hartford Courant

Back on June 17, 2010, Family Cookbook Project was featured in the Hartford Courant newspaper on the front page of the Living Section and I thought it would be fun to share it online.

Here is the article:

Creating Family Cookbook Online: Simsbury Man’s Website Has Led To 16,000 Family Cookbooks

By SUSAN SCHOENBERGER

Will Wagner of Hartford grew up on a farm in Wisconsin with a mother who baked her own bread for 10 children.

“She would go through 50 pounds of flour in about 10 days,” he says. “I learned how to bake my own bread from her.”

Wagner, now 71, carefully saved his mother’s recipes and recently found a way to share them with his extended family, friends and beyond. Through the Family Cookbook Project (www.familycookbookproject.com), Wagner and his family created an online database of their family recipes as well as a printed cookbook they sell and give away as gifts. The cookbook has more than 400 recipes from 33 family members, including a French version of dumplings for which his mother Rita was famous. “A lot of them use it,” Wagner says of his mother’s dumpling recipe. “That’s how they think of Grandma.”

The Family Cookbook Project is the brainchild of Bill Rice of Simsbury, who ultimately envisioned just the kind of stories Wagner has to tell about grandchildren, nieces and nephews keeping family traditions alive.

“When families get together, the times you remember most are the times you’re sitting around the table, eating the meal or preparing the meal,” Rice says. “It’s the marrying of these food traditions that really makes things interesting.”

The story of the website’s inception, though, has a few twist and turns.

It all started in 2004; Rice and his extended family were sitting around a table talking about food, as they often did, when someone suggested putting together a family cookbook. With relatives scattered around the country, Rice decided to ask his old friend Chip Lowell, who went to Wethersfield High School with him, to put together a website that would allow his family members to enter their own recipes.

The Proverbial Light Bulb

After Rice and his family produced their cookbook in 2004, they discovered that someone else had found their website online and started using it to produce  another family cookbook.

That’s when the refrigerator light bulb went on.

“We thought, ‘Maybe we have something here’,” Rice says.

Rice enlisted Lowell, who lives in Virginia, to come up with the tools to allow families to design and produce their own cookbooks. They also found a cookbook publisher willing to print as many copies as the website’s users wanted to order.

“Personalized cookbooks have been around since the 1940s; however, the process of collecting and organizing recipes always has been a labor-intensive project for the cookbook editor,” Lowell says. “Our site brings this process into the Internet age and now it’s easy and cost-effective to have your very own cookbook printed.”

So far, more than 16,000 cookbook projects have been created, representing more than 58,000 contributors and 330,000 recipes. The site charges a $29.95 annual membership fee, which buys access to its cookbook-creation tools as well as a searchable database of 240,000 of the recipes that contributors have deemed “public.”

Producing a print version of the cookbook costs an average of $10 a book, although the costs go down as the order volume goes up. The average number of recipes is 223, and the average number of books ordered is slightly more than 100.

“We’ve really tried to keep it very simple but very usable,” Rice says.

The website asks one person to sign up as the editor, and it walks that person though the process of contacting contributors, accepting their recipes, reminding them about deadlines, adding photos, designing a cover and editing the final product.

 

The Stories Behind Recipes

On average, Rice says, it takes families about six months to go from creating an account to the finished project, although some have done it much more quickly. One of the best parts about the process, he says, is the opportunity for contributors to add personal comments to the recipes.

“A recipe is just a recipe, until you say how you found the recipe, when you use it, and the story behind it,” he says.

Wagner’s family cookbook is a case in point. Amid the recipes for Blender Pancakes and his mother’s Pistachio Salad are comments that give the book its unique character.

“This is very rich but so delicious,” says the personal note on a Chicken Enchilada recipe. “You will not regret trying it.”

The Butterfinger Dessert has this note attached: “Made by mistake several years ago, but has been at Wagner Christmas Dinner every year since.”

And the Peanut Butter Temptations are clarified as “the cookies everyone asks me to bring to Ron’s for our Thanksgiving/ Christmas celebration.”

With the Family Cookbook Project’s success came several offshoots, including a site for fundraising cookbook projects (www.cookbookfundraiser.com) that caters to nonprofits, schools and other organizations that want to produce cookbooks. Another project is a book compiling the best recipes on the original website called “The Best of the Family Cookbook Project.”

 

A Wedding Surprise

What pleases Rice the most, though, are the creative ways that families have chosen to use his website.

One family, for example, put a cookbook together as a surprise for a couple getting married. Members of both sides of the couple’s family compiled treasured family recipes to get them started on their new life together and gave out the books as wedding favors.

Others have compiled cookbooks before or after family· reunions; adding photos and family trees. The project has also produced low-carb, gluten-free and other specialty cookbooks for groups and families that need those recipes.

Wil Wagner’s family ordered 1,500 copies initially, then ordered a second printing of 2 ,500 more. Now they’re thinking about creating Volume 2 because Volume 1 was such a “family spirit-builder.”

“It was definitely a great experience,” Wagner says. “This is such a great way to capture those memories.”

Current Family Cookbook Project update:

In the 2010 article, we had printed 16,000 cookbook projects have been created, representing more than 58,000 contributors and 330,000 recipes. The site charges a $29.95 annual membership fee.

In 2021, we now have helped over 125,000 cookbook projects with more than 286,000 contributors! Our system now holds over 2.1 million recipes and the annual membership fee is still only $29.95!

Foodie Gifts You Can Still Get in Time for Christmas

The website Smart Traveler has named Family Cookbook Project software to it’s 40 Best Foodie Gifts You Can Still Get in Time for Christmas. Not only do family cookbooks filled with personal recipes make a great gift, but giving someone you love the gift of Family Cookbook Project allows them to create their own treasured cookbook!

 

Family Cookbook Project’s Chip Lowell Recognized for Great BBQ

Family Cookbook Project Co-Founder, Chip Lowell took third place in the BBQ Competition at the RVA R.I.M.B.Y Festival (Right In My Back Yard) in Richmond, Virginia. This is the second year in a row that Chip has been recognized for his outstanding BBQ.

This festival is about Building Community and Encouraging Adventure and benefited Beyond Boundaries, a Richmond-based non-profit specializing in guiding participants with disabilities on outdoor adventures. While this year’s festival was canceled because of the pandemic, the BBQ competition went on with the judges traveling to the participants’ homes to be wowed by the outstanding BBQ of the competitors.

A masked Chip Lowell is far left in this photo

The BBQ Competition featured North Carolina style pulled pork. Chip fired-up his large Green Egg smoker and slow cooked his Boston Butt to perfection. He also added Memphis style glazed spareribs and Mexican street corn to complete his entry.

The judges awarded Chip third place overall for his efforts and he is already looking forward to competing again next year.

Chip uses his BBQ expertise to manage the popular Facebook Group BBQRibsRecipes.

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 FamilyCookbookProject.co.uk

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 FamilyCookbookProject.co.uk.

 

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!

Your Recipes on the Internet

One of the benefits of having your recipes on Family Cookbook Project is that they become available to you from any computer.

Google and other search engines regularly crawl our site looking for new recipes. When they find them, they make them available to the entire Internet. That way you can access a recipe simply by typing in The title of a recipe and your cookbook name into any browser.

This is useful for when your family cookbook is not available, like at a grocery store buying ingredients for recipe, or wanting to share a dish with a friend.

You also can have access to all your recipes if you download our award-winning mobile app for iPhone and android devices.

Not only are the recipes made available to you online, but many other people around the world can enjoy them as well.

Currently the most popular recipe on family cookbook project.com is Saskatoon Berry Crisp, by John and Verna Heinrichs, is from The Heinrichs Family Cookbook . This recipe has had almost 50 people view the recipe in the past month.

Be all time most viewed recipe on family cookbook project.com is Camp Fire Pizza Roll, by Danyeil Reed, is from 40 Something Cowgirls Restless Riders Cookbook, which has been seen by more than 7,000 people since 2013!

Of course if you don’t want to share your recipes with the public then simply mark them private when you post them. This keeps them out of the public domain.

Since our founding 15 years ago, Family Cookbook Project has helped more than 63,000 families and fundraising groups collect more than 1.5 million recipes and that number grows every day.

 

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 included on Amazing Christmas Gifts To Impress Your Older Parents

Family Cookbook Project was highlighted in an article on the publishing platform Fubbing Website entitled 20 Amazing Christmas Gifts To Impress Your Older Parents

According to , the article author, It can be difficult to keep digging up gift ideas each year for your parents. They’ve have had decades of Christmases and nothing seems to surprise them anymore. He found 20 great ideas that will put this tortuous time behind you. There are great gifts to foster healthy living, taking up a hobby and generally enjoying life. With this catalog of ideas, you can just keeping coming back!

Family Cookbook Project software was listed as #4 on the list!

 

 

Family Cookbook Project Wins Best Family Mobile Application

screenshot31The Family Cookbook Project (www.familycookbookproject.com) has been named Best Family Mobile Application in the Web Marketing Association’s 7th annual MobileWebAward Competition. The Family Cookbook Project creates personalized cookbooks for individuals, families, church groups and schools. Designed for use on the Apple iPhone or iPad, the free app can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/family-cookbook-recipes/id503938411?mt=8 or Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_fcbrecipes.layout

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 Great Family Cookbook Project is a website dedicated to helping families collect and preserve cherished recipes into a printed cookbook that can be passed down from one generation to the next,” says Chip Lowell, Co-Publisher and Technical Director of the Family Cookbook Project. “However, many people also like to access their recipes on the go from their mobile device. iPhone and iPad users now have an easy to use option to access their recipes”.

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 106,000 families and groups have started family cookbooks using the website and contributors have entered more than 1.5 million individual recipes.

“Personalized cookbooks have been around since the 1950s, however the process of collecting and organizing recipes has always been a labor intensive project for the cookbook editor,” says Lowell. “Now it’s easy and cost effective to have your very own cookbook printed. The Family Cookbook Project website provides step by step instructions and tools to help cookbook editors invite others to participate and allow them to enter their favorite recipes directly into the online system. The editor then simply reviews and edits the recipes, selects printing options, and sends the cookbook to be printed. The finished printed cookbooks are then received by the editor in only a few weeks”.

“We thank Web Marketing Association MobileWebAward judges for recognizing our work. We will continue to develop ways to help families, schools and church groups create both online and printed cookbooks that become treasured heirlooms,” continued Lowell.

About the Web Marketing Association

Since 1997, the annual WebAward Competition is conducted by the Web Marketing Association, an independent organization founded with the purpose of evaluating and recognizing the standard of excellence on the World Wide Web. Award programs run by the Web Marketing Association include the WebAward Competition for Website Development, the Internet Advertising Competition and the MobileWebAwards.

About the Family Cookbook Project

The 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.

Cookbook Survey: Who Is The Typical Cookbook Editor?

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 here are some of the findings related to who is the typical cookbook editor.

In terms of demographics, 91% of the cookbook editors are female and 75.58% are over the age of 50. In terms of their computer skills, 92% reported to have had at least good computer skills.

 

Why did you create your family cookbook project? *

70% To save family recipes for future generations

34.58% To create one source for all my recipes

34.15% To give as gifts

21.82% To bring my family together

20.22% Because it was fun

* Participants were able to provide more than one answer so total does not equal 100%.

 

Approximately how many contributors, including yourself, added recipes to your cookbook?

 

28.66% Editor was only contributor

51% had between 2-9

9% has 20 or more

 

Approximately how long did it take you to collect your recipes?

12% less than 4 weeks

29.34% 1-4 months

43.8% more than 1 year

 

Views on FamilyCookbookProject.com

When asked how they would rate their experience with Familycookbookproject.com, an astounding 94.28% said they had a good or better experience with 32.68% of cookbook editors responding Excellent.

When asked to rate the various aspects of the Family Cookbook Project, Receiving highest marks (Above average or Exceptional) were:

Add a Recipe page (71.83%)

Web site ease of use (71.33%)

Choice of covers (56.62%)

Overall customer service (55.60%)

Invitation tool to email contributors (50.13%)

Of the items that had the highest negative score (Somewhat below average or below average) were Choice of covers (9.33), Choice on recipe layouts (7.12%) and Photo tool (6.84).

We also asked the cookbook editors the true test of how they liked the process of creating a personal cookbook using FamilyCookbookProject.com – If you had to do it all over again, would you use familycookbookproject.com to collect, organize and print your family cook book?

95.86% would use familycookbookproject.com again to create their customized cookbooks full of treasured recipes. A full 74.8% replied Absolutely, the top answer. Only 4% said no they would not create a cookbook if they had to do it all over again.

Over the next few weeks we will release more results from the 2019 Family Cookbook Project Editors Survey.

 

 

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!