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Book Tells How To Make A Family Cookbook

Wendy A. Boughner Whipple of Matteson, Ill., has published a book that provides easy guidelines and shortcuts for anyone who wants to make their own family cookbook.
  "Creating an Heirloom: Writing Your Family's Cookbook," came about because of her own experiences not being able to find all the information she needed when she undertook her own family cookbook project.
  Her project to compile and archive her own and other family members' favorite recipes to be used as a unique Christmas gift, was a resounding success, and she chose to also chronicle what she learned along the way.
  Whipple's book teaches the reader how to preserve not only recipes, but also a part of the reader's family's culture and heritage for future generations to treasure and enjoy.
  "As time passes, I gain greater understanding of the value of my original idea to make a recipe book. It's remarkable, really, that something so simple as a collection of recipes can have so much value beyond its humble contents," Whipple says.
  Quoted in an article written by Korky Vann of the Hartford Courant, Whipple says, "Recipes are really the best way to preserve the memory of the women of your family. Making grandma's gingerbread transports you to her kitchen. You hear her voice and you see her face. If you have recipes in her handwriting or a cookbook with notes scribbled in the margins, you've got a real connection to the past. You've also got a window into life in a particular era, since foods, products, measurements and the ways we prepare foods have changed dramatically over the years. All of these things can be preserved and shared in a family heirloom cookbook."
  Whipple learned from her own project that "something this special takes time û at least three to six months, but my book shows how easy and rewarding this project can be."
  Among other things, the book provides tips on: cookbook themes, how to stay organized, choosing a font, what kind of format to use, suggestions for indexing, archiving actual recipe cards and photos, contact info. for resource suppliers on such topics as genealogy, clip art, specialty paper and scrap booking, understanding copyrights, and methods of publishing.
  The price of the book is $17.95, but there's a $3 discount if ordered direct from the publisher (www.publishamerica.com).
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wendy A. Boughner Whipple, 954 Dartmouth Ave., Matteson, Ill. 60443 (ph 708 720-3621; email: wendyw@datahero.com; website: www.creatinganheirloom.com).


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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4