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Meals and Memories: How To Create Keepsake Cookbooks Paperback – March 20, 1999
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Author Kathy Steligo really leads the reader by the hand through basic steps to collecting, organizing and designing keepsake cookbooks. Before you start on your treasury of recipes, there are many points to consider depending on what the purpose of your keepsake cookbook will be, or really who will be the main user(s). If you're like me, you wouldn't have thought ahead about the differences between a cookbook for your own home and one destined to be reproduced for a fundraiser, for instance. When do you most need page protectors, and which type of binding system is best for personal gifts? Is it better to handwrite or use computer journaling? How could you include the original recipe cards on your pages? Never here, the solutions are in here.
Now a caution to all you scrapbookers: this book is focused more on the organizational, practical issues about preserving favorite recipes. You don't consult it for cute page ideas about recipes in your scrapbook layouts, you read it to find out how to make a complete, working volume for use in the kitchen. Sure there are some tips on decorating and design, references to other books and resources to teach you further about design and journaling, even an introduction to archival preservation basics and techniques, but that's not the main point here.Read more ›
An ideal book to tie in with the current rise in the interest in genealogy. In a user-friendly format covering all of the basic considerations in a simplified, orderly way, Steligo tells you how to begin and to expand a family cookbook. The formatting includes visuals incorporating recipes, sample mementos, food lore, and drawings which not only illustrate the guidance and tips, but also give ideas for your own cookbook.
Beginning with selecting a theme (e. g., desserts, camping, Christmas), tone, and style for the cookbook, the author takes you through collecting and formatting the recipes which are the basis of the book; and then putting these together and adding memories and anecdotes from different individuals, colors or borders for the page, visual elements (including perhaps photographs), and a cover to make the book distinctive and especially appreciated by family members.
One example of a special touch Steligo uses is a picture of an uncle with a caption in italics noting his love for growing tomatoes with one of his tips on growing them. In one section, she suggests how children can become involved in creating a keepsake cookbook--what better way to have them enjoyably learn about their heritage? Steligo ends her timely, instructive guide with advice on how a 3community2 cookbook resembling a family keepsake cookbook can be used as a fundraiser for a church, school, team, or other organization.
Henry Berry, Book Reviewer
Editor/Publisher, The Small Press Book Review
Rachel Paxton, Creative Homemaking
At 100 pages, Steligo tries to pack a lot into a slim volume. It's heavily illustrated which can be great for seeing an example of what she's referring to, but that also means that those illustrations take up space that she could be going into greater depth. She uses nearly a whole page to make seven quick points on the advantages of using a computer over hand-writing. (The double-spacing between those points is filler, and unnecessary.)
I was disappointed. I wanted to like this book, I tried really hard to like this book. I thought that I might find more information that would help me write a second edition of my family cookbook (I've already written one), what I got was very basic information. Consider this book if you have ***no*** idea where to start. The ideas are good, just too basic for me; I recommend the book for novices. But don't buy it, check it out of the library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am creating my first cook book with my favorite recipes to pass on to my children. This book took me through the process step by step. I really didn't need any other book.Published on February 11, 2008 by Bobbie J.
I was inspired to start a keepsake cookbook to record my family's food-related traditions before I even made it through the first 2 chapters! Read morePublished on April 8, 1999
Memories are so much more than words and pictures ... they are sounds and smells and tastes. Meals & Memories provides an easy step-by-step method for capturing our families'... Read morePublished on April 7, 1999
I have many cookbooks in my collection, but none as "enjoyable" as this one by Kathy Steligo! Read morePublished on April 5, 1999
The book is well planned, filled with good ideas for combining scrapbook techniques with recipes to make a special family history cookbook. Read morePublished on April 2, 1999
What a great idea! I've never seen a book quite like this one. Family sentimentality blended with hi-tech and old-tech craft make a perfect recipe for a keepsake cookbook. Read morePublished on April 1, 1999