Cook books....ever write one?

United States
January 23, 2007 11:45am CST
I love to cook! Do you? I really enjoy creating new dishes and dressings and such. I write them down in a notebook...Recently I had the idea to publish my recipes..Has anyone ever done that here? Anyone have ideas or advice for me? I would love to know what you think...Am I crazy? Afterall I am just a mom, wife, daughter and friend....
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@heipet (13)
• Germany
23 Jan 07
How about beginning with publishing your recipes in a blog? Blogs on cooking have many avid readers, and you could get valuable feedback. Another point is you don't have to complete the whole book prior to publication, but can start with some recipes and add as you go... In the end you will have your collection ready and could transform it into an ebook. I have also been dreaming about publishing a cookbook, one based on Astrological principles. Maybe some time when I will be retired ... My mother did it: she published a cookbook in 1982 which has since be come a bestseller in our "Bessarabian" community here in Germany. She collected all sorts of recipes from Bessarabian housewifes and thus preserved them for the younger generation. (Bessarabia is a place near the Black Sea where German settlers had been living for generations until World War II. It now belongs to Ukraine and Moldavia.) Go on, don't give up your dream! Good luck!
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• United States
23 Jan 07
I am working on a blog now! I am so encouraged by what you have written, I feel I may be on the right track. What a blessing it is to come to MyLOT, and get to receive great counsel like yours! I am so exited about more traditional foods and recipes, did your mothers cookbook ever get translated from German to English? My German is not so good,I fear if I got hold of it I might misread. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, and ideas!
@heipet (13)
• Germany
23 Jan 07
Hi "keepinghome", thank you for your response. I'm glad I was able to be helpful. Now how about this? I just went away from myLot for an hour to visit blogexplosion, and guess what I found browsing around in the directory? A blog that I am almost certain is yours! Are you "Froggie"? How cool is that? And what an amazing coincidence! So I see you are an experienced blogger. I enjoyed meeting your family! Heidrun PS. No, my mother's cookbook is not available in English, sorry to say.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Well actually I am not froggy, but you sure sound like an interesting lady!
• United States
24 Jan 07
I think it's great that you love to cook and want to publish your receipes. Go for it girl. I have never published mine, but I did make one of my favorite receipes. So dear, do not dream about it, do it.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
What a kind and encouraging responce! Thanks Margie! be blessed tonight!
@biyping (185)
• Indonesia
23 Jan 07
I like to be like you, but i cannot, so it's better to publish it so you can have extra money...to save cost and time try to publish it in www.lulu.com it is good step to try.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Thanks for the tip on lulu! I will check it out, be blessed!
@villageanne (8579)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Cooking is one of my passions. I do love to cook and the more people brag on my cooking, the more I cook. lol I have been told that I should publish a cookbook. I would not know where to start though. I have made family cookbooks and that was such fun but I would never sell them.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
I can totally relate, oh if they start telling me how good it is, I can't stop thinkin of more ways to please the palette! Be blessed! thanks for sharing
• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes I do love to cook and try new recipes too. I have a mastercook recipe program on my computer. When I try a new recipe and like it I add it to my personal cookbook. One of these years I plan on printing copies for my family for Christmas. It is always a work in progress. I like to try a new recipe or 2 a week. My Mom uses the program too and she has her own cookbook she continues to add to also. We give each other updated copies on cd's every few months. I hope maybe this will help with some other options. I know you can buy the software at most computer stores.
• United States
24 Jan 07
Thank you! I will have to see if I can get hold of it. That might be just the thing to help me organize a bit better! I really appreciate the input!
@xbritterx (170)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I've made a makeshift cookbook of recipes I like but none that I've created myself
• United States
24 Jan 07
I think that is very helpful too, in menu planning and idea inspiring moments. Plus that too is a great gift to give! My Son wants me to write every recipe he likes down,regardless of whether or not I created it!
@brimia (6588)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I think it's a great idea! I love to cook and create also but never write the actual recipes down. I'm not good at keeping track of how much I've thrown in of this or that :) My mother-in-law and her friends put together recipes and just put them in a photo album and gave them out as gifts for Christmas one year. I think you should definitely give it a shot. Paula Deen was a single mom struggling to make ends meet and now she's a cooking mogul with several cookbooks and TV shows!
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• United States
23 Jan 07
I used to be the same way, but then, I would not make something, and I would forget it altogether. Now, if a dish is one the family loves, I run to my notebook and write all the ingredients, and "about" how much I used,and get how I did it all down. Making sure to note, "season to taste". That way when I come back to it, I can note that 1/2 t of garlic, is not enough, and keep adding till it's right! ..Then I go back to the book and write in it, crossing off my estimate. You should try it too, your family will be glad. My daughter is thrilled that when she gets married, I am giving her my recipe book!
@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
23 Jan 07
I never have but my children's school as a fundraiser asked every family to bring in their favourite recipe, the school collated them all and put them together in a book the result was a fantastic recipe book and a very successful fundraiser. I say 'go for it' if you love to cook and everybody you cook for loves your food it's sure to be successful.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes, I know those fundraising cookbooks are fabulous! I wonder if I should go the route they do, and publish it like that, or find a publisher...Thanks for the Idea!
• United States
23 Jan 07
I have been told that I should write a cookbook. Who knows what you can do when you put your mind to it. How many people start out just as cooks in their own home and rise to be the next Food TV Star.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
That is a great point! I guess, it just seems overwhelming, because I don't know where to begin....