How to Make a Homemade Family Recipe Book

Updated July 12, 2018
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Every family has favorite recipes and traditions that go along with the recipes. Gathering your family recipes into a homemade book makes a wonderful gift for family members. It also preserves the traditions of your family.

Tell all of your family that you are preparing a family recipe book. Ask them to send you their favorite recipes and the stories behind the recipes. Ask them to identify where they originally got the recipe.

Type out each recipe on the computer. Play with the fonts and colors. Add colorful borders. Use clip art of spices and food preparation materials. Have fun with this part!

Put the title of the family recipe book and the author or authors on the first page of the photo album. Print these items out on 4x5 cards and slide them into the photo sleeves.

Print out the recipes on 4-by-5 card stock. Use different colors of cardstock or decorative cardstock if you want. Place the completed recipe card on the right side of the next photo page spread, at the top.

Put a photo of the dish on the bottom right side of the photo spread. If you don't have a photo of the recipe, make the dish and take a picture of it.

Put photos of your family enjoying the dish on the left hand side of the photo spread. You can also add a card that explains the history and traditions surrounding the dish.

Continue with other recipes until your photo album is complete. Make multiple copies of the book to give to family members.

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  • This project also works well by completing it entirely on the computer and uploading it to a self-publisher.


  • Don't forget to give credit where credit is due!

Things Needed

  • Medium size photo album with 2 sleeves, 4 inches by 5 inches, on each page
  • Family recipes
  • Photographs of recipes, food and family members
  • Computer

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