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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!

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 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 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 ( 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 or Android

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 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 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

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

When asked how they would rate their experience with, 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 – If you had to do it all over again, would you use to collect, organize and print your family cook book?

95.86% would use 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!

It’s Easy to Follow Family Cookbook Project on Social Media

Family Cookbook Project is not simply a cookbook Publisher, it’s a community where individuals and families gather and share recipes and food memories.

We have created a system that makes it easy to gather and publish your family food traditions. However we also try to give valuable advice on how to make your cookbook better, how to create better recipes and even how to better understand cooking.

There are many ways to learn how to build a better cookbook. Here are just some of the ways you can follow us on social media.


Follow us on Facebook to get interesting recipes from our editors, ideas to improve your cookbook and general cooking tips.

We also have specific pages created for barbecue recipes and cookie recipes, be sure to follow those pages if they are of interest.


Cooking and recipes are one of the largest categories being shared on Pinterest today and Family Cookbook Project has 18 different boards filled with great recipes and cooking tips and ways to improve your cookbook. Some of the more interesting recipe categories include Food Guys Like, Recipes from Around the World, Let-us Eat Salad, Big Shrimp Recipes and even What’s for Breakfast.


Family Cookbook Project has just created its Instagram account and will be sharing recipes and tips on this platform as well.


If you don’t follow any of the other social media platforms then you will find us at Twitter with the same great information. Follow the hashtag #familycookbookproject


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 Now offers WW SmartPoints on recipes

Family Cookbook Project, an online leader in the creation of personalized printed cookbooks, has added the ability to include WW SmartPoints® on recipes being added to a user’s collection of recipes.

WW (formerly Weight Watchers) SmartPoints* is a system where every food and drink is assigned a point value, and you receive a certain number of SmartPoints to allocate however you’d like every day and week. SmartPoints is designed to help guide you to a healthier pattern of eating every day.

“Living a health lifestyle and eating right is what WW SmartPoints are all about,” says Bill Rice, Founder and Co-Publisher of the Family Cookbook Project. “Family Cookbook Project has added a field to It’s easy-to-use Add a Recipe form so that users participating in the Weight Watchers program can have an easy way to include the SmartPoint value when adding a recipe to their online recipe box. These recipes can them be printed into a personalized cookbook including all of their favorite recipes.”

WW’s science-based SmartPoints system assigns every food a number based on four components: calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein. The higher the number, the more sugar and saturated fat the food will have. The lower the number, the less it will have. The reason for this is that numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of eating less sugar and saturated fat, and more protein—not just for weight loss, but all sorts of other healthy reasons too.

Family Cookbook Project editors can turn on WW SmartPoints® by going to the Recipe Center and clicking on the link “WW Smartpoints Use/Show”. There are two settings: one for allowing contributors to add WW SmartPoints® to a recipe and another to include SmartPoints in the printed edition of the cookbook.

In addition, Family Cookbook Project is developing a simple to use calculator that will calculate the SmartPoint value of a food simply by entering information from a food’s packaging. We expect this to be introduced early next year.

With over 4.6 million users, WW is the most trusted source of weight loss guidance in the world. Family Cookbook Project believes their success is based on meeting the ever-changing needs of our valued customers. “This is just one more example how Family Cookbook Project is putting our customers first,” added Rice.




*WW SmartPoints is a trademark of WW International, Inc. and are not associated with Family Cookbook Project, LLC.

Family Cookbook Project Co-Founder takes 2nd place at regional BBQ Competition

Family Cookbook Project Co-Founder, Chip Lowell took second place in the AW Shucks Country Store BBQ Competition at the RVA R.I.M.B.Y Festival (Right In My Back Yard) in Virginia.

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. The inaugural adventure festival featured an archery range, Segway and electric bike rides, a fly casting demo, fish and reptile encounters, a bike repair station and outdoor gear demos. There was also live music by East of Blue Ridge, food and drinks, local beers and of course the BBQ competition.

The BBQ Competition featured Carolina Pulled Pork. Chip brought his large Green Egg smoker and slow cooked his Boston Butt to perfection. He also added wine braised smoked short ribs and spicy baked beans with apple to complete his entry.

The judges awarded Chip second 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.

Award-winning Family Cookbook Project Puts Customers First pioneered the use of the Internet to create personal cookbooks and family cookbook online as a way to lower the cost for consumers. We were the first cookbook publisher to use the Internet to allow editors to submit their recipes, designing their cookbooks, choose a professionally-designed cover, invite others to contribute and offer tools to communicate with contributors.

And our efforts have not gone unnoticed. The Web Marketing Association recognizes the top websites in 96 different categories. Family Cookbook Project has been a consistent winner in these internationally recognized award programs. was named recognized for its outstanding website development 9 times since 2005. Awards include Best Family Website, Best Publish Website and Publish and Family Standard of Excellence awards.

Family Cookbook Project monthly newsletter, Food for Thought, has also been recognized as the Best Family Newsletter in the 2018 Internet advertising competition.

Finally, Family Cookbook Project’s award winning app for both iPhones, iPads and android devices has also been recognized in the MobileWebAwards as Best Family Mobile App and Best Publishing App for the past four years straight.

Here is the complete list of Web Marketing Association awards one by Family Cookbook Project:

WebAwards Competition for Website Development

2018 Best Family Website

2017 Publishing Standard of Excellence

2016 Best Publishing Website

2015 Family Standard of Excellence, Publishing Standard of Excellence

2013 Best Publishing Website

2012 Family Standard of Excellence, Publishing Standard of Excellence

2011 Best Publishing Website

2009 Family Standard of Excellence, Publishing Standard of Excellence

2005 Best Family Website


Internet Advertising Competition Awards

2019 Family Cookbook Project Newsletter Best Family Online Newsletter Campaign, Best Publishing Online Newsletter Campaign

2013 Family Cookbook Project Best Award Ad



Family Cookbook Mobile App

2018 Best Family Mobile Application, Best Publishing Mobile Application

2017 Best Family Mobile Application, Best Publishing Mobile Application

2016 Best Family Mobile Application, Best Publishing Mobile Application

2015 Best Family Mobile Application, Best Publishing Mobile Application

2014 Best Publishing Mobile Application

2013 Best Publishing Mobile Application


These awards along with all of the wonderful testimonials we have received over the years is a testament to our commitment to innovative web development, strong customer service and putting the customer first when it comes to creating a personal cookbook for individuals and families.


Bill Rice is the publisher of the award-winning Family Cookbook Project which helps individuals and families create treasured personal cookbooks.