When you set out to create your family cookbook, don't just focus on the family recipes. It's also about capturing the family stories and preserving the family memories. There are so many ways to weave stories about our family members into the family cookbook content.
Here are a few of the more obvious opportunities to capture and tell the family stories
- Biographies of family members
- If your family immigrated to America, how did they get here?
- Every family event offers a story (weddings, holidays, graduation, births, family reunions, family vacations, etc.)
- A family member's special skills and talents (sports, charity and philanthropy, dancing, photography, hobbies, careers, inventor, gardening, storytelling, etc.)
Family stories spring forth from some of these less obvious places
- Sentimental objects that remind you of a family member
- Letters from a family member can reveal a whole chapter of memories (romatic letters when Grandad was courting Grandmother)
- A family disagreement and the lessons learned (hopefully you can find some wisdom even in the family conflicts)
- A family member's military service and the pride and gratitude we hold for all that make this courageous contribution
- Life's embarassing moments (hopefully everyone is a good sport)
Every family has stories and memories worth preserving. And the family recipes make some of the best material for including in the family memoirs. Creating a family cookbook around the collection of family recipes is a wonderful way to share and safeguard the family recipes for future generations. When you think about it, many of our favorite family memories are associated with food.
All of us can identify with sentimental memories of our favorite dishes that mom prepared, funny food stories, food and cooking experiences that ended up in a disaster, the warmth and comfort of holiday meals and celebrations, and maybe even a frivolous food fight in the kitchen. The family cooking legacy provides the perfect central theme around which to write the family memoirs.
When you create the family cookbook, you can capture and write about the stories and memories behind all the great cooks in your family. A family cookbook that focuses on these memories and recipes is a beautiful way to preserve your family history. And create a terrific cookbook for all of your relatives in the process.
Unfortunately, far too often, we allow these recipes and stories to slip away as one generation passes to the next. Don't let this happen to your family. With just a little bit of effort, you can organize and capture your family history in the form of a family cookbook.And we'll make it easy for you to accomplish this worthwhile project at FamilyRecipeCentral.com