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Making a Mini Cookbook: Recipe Advice Please!

Pei | Jun 6, 2007 11:27 PM

Some of you have probably read that I'm fleshing out the idea of doing a mini cookbook as a wedding favor. I still have to find out how I would get them printed and wrapped, but I love the idea so much I started thinking about what recipes I would put in it. Even if it doesn't work out for the wedding I'd want to give them out for some other reason.

I has evolved into a "A day in the life of" kind of deal. I did one favorite breakfast and lunch dish for each of us, and I tried to make the dinners a full menu:

Breakfast: (her) banana bread and (his) sausage gravy and biscuits

Lunch: (her) Asian peanut sauce noodle salad and (his) mile high Italian sub

Dinner: (her) vegetable minestrone, peppered ribeye, and chocolate cupcakes; and (his) avoglemono soup, braised lamb shank, and flan (or panna cotta).

Cocktails: include two to four of our favorites, since those recipes will be short and easy to fit in. Probably white rum cosmopolitans as a nod to my college girlfriends, a mojito because that's his favorite, and a dry Chopin martini because it's something everyone knows we both love but no one else ever orders.

Does anyone have suggestions for making the "cookbook" more well rounded? I thought I did a pretty good job of not repeating anything (like two chocolate desserts).

Other considerations are that recipes have to be fairly short to fit in a little booklet, and easy enough not to overwhelm non-cooks but interesting enough that even avid cooks will be interested (example: everyone can make banana bread, but have you made my banana bread?)

Ingredients-wise, minestrone and lamb shanks seem similar to me. Is that a problem?

So far the booklet will be: cover photo of us cooking together, thank you to the guest on the inside cover, a wedding program on the facing page, a progression of recipes with some photos or anecdotes (we fell in love with avoglemono at our favorite college date restaurant, bought our first cast iron when we were starving graduates and couldn't afford steakhouses, etc.), and a food/love quote on the back cover.

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