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I'm Compiling a Family Cookbook... Any Hints?

UptownKevin | | Oct 12, 2006 12:18 PM

This Christmas, I am working to assemble a family cookbook; essentially a collection of recipes and stories that are frequently enjoyed in my extended family. The only other book I have written was my margarita book a while back, so I am looking for any hints from those who have taken on the task.

One big question I have is about writing recipes. Anyone know of a standard when writing about measurements? For example, I use two medium onions in my Pork Jambalaya recipe, which translates to 4 cups, chopped. Same with garlic - 2 tbsp., or 6 cloves? I am a practical cook and all of my written recipes have the quantity, such as 2 onions, or 6 cloves, but many professionally written cookbooks have the measurements. Which one do you relate to better?

I know there are several options out there for publishing and right now I am leaning toward the Self -Published route (Kinko's) with plain white paper, comb binding and a cool looking cover. The other option would be a type of self publishing company that is frequently used by fundraisers for schools and churches. My only reason for self publishing would be the free-form use of text and stories that may not fit into a one-size fits all template. I want this to be a book full of stories that go along with each recipe.

Anyone else taken on this task? For the writing, the compiling or the publishing?

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks so much!