I stumbled across as product called Taste Book a few months back. Through their website you can create and professionally print your own cookbook. As an amateur chef, this appeals to me...greatly! I have a sad, old, taped together, 3-ring binder bursting at the seams with old cookbook pages, recipes printed from the web, and a few of Mom's old handwritten index cards. All crumpled and stained with various ingredients from years of use and abuse. Every once and again, I'll sit down and weed out the recipes that didn't quite make muster and attempt to reorganize the recipes back into their proper categories. It lasts a few months then chaos returns!!
I plan on taking the next few months and compiling all my family's favorite recipes into my own Taste Book and then having 1 or 2 printed. I love the idea that I can have multiple copies of the same recipes to pass on to each of the Oompas. I remember my sister and I fighting it out for certain recipe cards from my mother's old tin recipe box. While the professionally bound and printed book won't have the added sentimental value of handwritten notes and copious stains, it will convey the love and dedication I put into each recipe and into my family. I'm a big believer in the concept that actions speak louder than words and even though I shout it from the rooftops that I love my family, this helps them to see that as well. My dedication to preparing healthy, delicious food is just another way I can show them I care.
Here is my book in progress...I hope you enjoy!!
.....good eats and good night.