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Make Your Own Cookbook

Updated on September 10, 2014

Create a Cookbook - It's easier than you think!

Looking for the perfect gift for all the cooks on your list? Want to create a family heirloom that will be treasured for generations? Looking for a way to organize all of your favorite recipes into one book?

I've got several ideas listed on this page to help you create a wonderful family heirloom cookbook that can be passed down from generation to generation.

Imagine all of the possibilities and all the fun you can have creating a cookbook from your own recipes using family photos, or choose from professional recipes available at the site. And the best part is how affordable they are!

Congratulations! You have just found the perfect gift!

Create a Custom Recipe Binder To Hold Your Family Recipes - Affordable Personalized Recipe Binders From Zazzle

Probably the easiest and most affordable way to create your own family cookbook is to order a customizable recipe binder from There are hundreds of designs available or you can create your own. Here's a few samples for you to look at. Click any of the product links to be taken to where you can see the entire collection!

BlueGrandmas Kitchen 1.5" Custom Photo Recipe Binder

Shop for Family Recipe Book Binders online at

Create Your Own Collected Recipes Cookbook - Another Alternative

You can find other binders for your recipes at Amazon.

The Ultimate Culinary Gift

A Personal Cookbook

Personalized cookbooks make perfect culinary gifts for your friends and family.

These beautiful books are sure to be treasured by everyone you share them with.

Instant family heirlooms! Imagine if Grandma had one of these to pass down to you!

Make one for yourself, for the bride to be, your daughters, your sons, your sisters, for the new Mom, for your Mom, for the ultimate bridal shower gift, birthday gift or any other occasion where you want to give something super special that will be highly appreciated!

This is one way to do it.

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But I think we can do better than this.

Why Do You Want to Make One?

Why Do You Want to Make One?

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Are you as excited as I am about finding the perfect gift? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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    • profile image


      4 years ago

      I'm going to send this to my Aunt right now! She has been such a great cook throughout the years. She has spoken about this.

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      5 years ago

      document real healthy foods, teach people how to live longer by eating betteradding beautiful pictures of the foods bake broil smoke bake oriental food preparation would like to sell them, too for my son and his family ,daughter, and myself

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      What a great gift idea... my kids would love to receive one of these.

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      Vicki Green 

      6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great idea - my step-son is getting married next summer and this would make a great gift for his bride's wedding shower.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Our daughter started putting together her favourite recipes in the cottage and it is a great idea. This would be a lovely gift.

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      6 years ago

      This is a really cool idea! I actually started several years ago to do this for family and somehow I didn't do it and time flew by! Of course back then it wasn't this easy. Thanks so much for a beautiful lens and for a great idea! I will certainly be doing this!

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      6 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I don't want it as a gift. I want it for me! Great lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Book of recipes can be a great gift and even some fiction authors are proud of their recipes... I remember reading about Alexander Dumas (his opus of novels is HUGE), who on one occasion said his most important work is - recipe book, published when he already achieved all an author can achieve.

    • radhanathswamifan profile image


      6 years ago

      Was always thinking its a herculean task.. U showed it so well.. Let me think now!

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      Tony Bonura 

      6 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      This was a very interesting lens. For some reason I don't fully understand, I have gotten into collecting recipes off the Internet. I don't cook, since my mom is still with us and she's a much better cook than I could ever hope to be, even at 84 years old. I like the idea of having a really neat place to keep all the recipes besides on my hard drive.TonyB

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      Dusty2 LM 

      6 years ago

      Great lens! I will have to try and upgrade to one of these nice looking recipe binders. I have tried making my own in the past but don't compare. Thank You for stopping by my "Stadium Stories" lens and giving it a "thumbs up". I really appreciate it.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This is such a great lens! I came back to refresh my blessing. Some day I'll have to post a photo of my recipe binder. I started it about 40 years ago. I'll never have enough time to recreate all of the recipes that I put in there after trying, and liking, them. I should start passing them along. I wish I had more time!!!

    • floppypoppygift1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Yes, and while I can't cook my husband can. I can record his recipes for our kids in one of these handy gifts! Cheers~cb

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens, very informative!

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      6 years ago

      I'm just of 11yrs I love cooking

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      6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      What a great idea! This is a beautiful lens. I love the vintage pictures. :)

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      Loraine Brummer 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      This is something I've been wanting to do for years, but just didn't know where to start. Thanks for the info.

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      7 years ago

      Excellent lens !

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      7 years ago from New York

      What a great idea! Will definitely keep this in mind - I've got so many old yellowed family recipes and this would be a great way to preserve them.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      my cookbook is composed of handwritten recipes and some cut-outs from favorite magazines. it is already bulky and i hope i still could find what i'm looking for. thank you for sharing this lens and i leave you some blessings only since i squidliked this lens long time ago.

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I had to come back and add my blessing to this lens. I have started that 2nd cookbook that I mentioned the last time I was here. You have some yummy looking cupcake recipes that I will be adding to it. I'll call that section 'The Year of the Cupcakes.'

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      Barb McCoy 

      7 years ago

      I think this is a fabulous idea. I am adding it to my gift idea Pinterest board. :)

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      7 years ago

      I,would love to do this some day, it would be nice to design an heirloom cook book :)

    • vkumar05 profile image


      7 years ago

      An inspiring Lens, made me interested in Cookbooks too. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Like it.

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      Donnette Davis 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Stunning gift ideas... For those who self-publish these would be treasured gifts!

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      WaynesWorld LM 

      7 years ago

      My mom collected cookbooks and I inherited her collection, most are from her home area; ladies clubs, churches, etc.*She was such an awesome cook, she spoiled my dad and I with her daily creations and when she had my 4 older sisters home with their families she would pull out all the stops.*She also did so many Christmas treats that it was serious 'over-kill' but everything tasted so good(except white chocolate, I never liked that). Homemade peanut brittle, rosettes, chocolate marshmallow thingy's with nuts, sugar cookies, gingerbread people, the list could go on and on.*I need to get a hold of my sisters and find out what recipes they remember and loved. Her cheeseburger pie was to kill for.*Great lens, thank you!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      we can have e-books thru amazon but paperbacks or hard cover are much better for posterity. more illustrations in the book will make it appealing.

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      7 years ago

      Really like the cook book

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      June Parker 

      7 years ago from New York

      About 15 years ago, my eldest daughter wanted Mom's recipes. I bought a recipe book somewhere (maybe Hallmark) and HAND WROTE as many recipes as there where pages in this book. I will never do that again! I have been looking for an easier way to do this for my other daughters, for quit sometime as they all want one of their own too. I thought the software you have here on Amazon just might be the answer I was looking for. Unfortunately it is no longer available. I did find the "Living Cookbook 2011" on Amazon after a search and added it to my shopping list. I will have a look at too and see what they have to offer. I am thinking that the "Living Cookbook 2011" maybe the one to get. I have to get a computer upgrade for more space first, but this does look like a really good program to replace the Matilda's Kit. Thanks so much for the information. This has gotten me motivated to do two things I do need to do. LOL. *Squid Angel Blessed* This lens has also been added to My Squid Angel Blessings 2012 to the "Food & Cooking Cookbooks" neighborhood.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      7 years ago

      This really is a great idea.

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice idea

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      7 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      7 years ago

      im trying to make a gift for my mum

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      Heather Burns 

      7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      great gift idea, great review lens!

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      7 years ago

      Excellent ideas! Very nice lens!

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas, and what a wonderful gift to give adult children.

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      Shari O'Leary 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      I actually did create my own cookbook, but it doesn't look nearly as nice as the ones you've featured. Great idea for a lens!

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      7 years ago

      I love this! I can't wait to make my own recipe book.

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I already have one recipe book made. It is getting too full. It's time to start another. This is a lovely lens well worth a blessing.

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      7 years ago

      What a great idea!

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      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

      I love this, my mom has been keeping all her recipes in a folder, this might be an inspiration to put them all together to pass down, love it.blessed..:)rob

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      7 years ago

      I just gave a cookbook to a family friend who is getting married. I printed out some of her favorite recipes plus some easy ones to fall back on and added a personal note. It's great to pass along those recipes!

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      7 years ago

      We made a cookbook for a family reunion years ago and it becomes more of a treasure each year, full of memories.

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      7 years ago

      I would love to make my own cookbook.

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      franstan lm 

      7 years ago

      I never thought about actually making my own cookbook until I read this lens.

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      7 years ago

      making a cookbook for my kids with my grannie's recipes has been on my to do list for awhile, guess I better get crackin!

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      7 years ago

      great lens. When I find a recipe that I would like to make, clip or print it out it. Make it. Then if I like it,it goes into my collection.

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      8 years ago

      High five for a great lens.

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      8 years ago

      Wow! I knew it was posable! Great lens!

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      We did a cookbook for the school where all the kids gave us a recipe. 90% of them are inedible but what a great time we had. It is bedtime reading material around here and the giggling that goes with it is priceless. Would be nice to put together a cookbook with my mom's recipes and share it with family. Angel blessed for the great ideas.

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      8 years ago

      Very excited! I have been collecting recipes for a few years and have been waiting to compile them nicely. Thanks for the motivation.

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      8 years ago

      I wish somebody would give it to me as a gift!

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Love this idea. I like to have a compilation of my favourite recipes in one place, but I also like the idea of a family cookbook.

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      9 years ago

      I really like this idea! I honestly can't cook anything fabulous, but my mom has a book filled with hand written recipes that I'd love to have and pass on. Great lens - 5 stars! :)

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      I'm trying to talk my husband into doing this. He loves to cook and he has a folder with his favorite recipes in. It's a mess!

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      9 years ago

      Nice post, thanks for sharing this wonderful and usefull information with us.Benefits of Green Tea

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      9 years ago

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing these tips.

    • ZenandChic profile image


      9 years ago

      A good idea.

    • verymary profile image


      9 years ago from Chicago area

      The TasteBook product sounds very cool. 5* and rolling this to Make a Family Cookbook

    • rebeccahiatt profile image


      9 years ago

      Love this idea. Now to find time to do it. Thanks for the lens

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      I think this would be a great idea for the kids when they move out. Thanks for bringing this to us.

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      9 years ago

      I am actually at the start of this process in making a cookbook for a fundraiser. I am just exploring the different ways of doing this. These are great resources!

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      tandemonimom lm 

      10 years ago

      5***** What a great idea - you are right, such a great gift! I'll have to keep this one on file ...

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      10 years ago

      I treasure our family cookbook! Lensrolling to How to Make Your Own Family Cookbook.

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      10 years ago

      I was just thinking about these for Christmas this year, but maybe next year! Excellent work!

    • jodijoyous profile image


      10 years ago from New York

      What a great idea! I wish I'd had this tool 10 years ago. I made a cookbook for my brother by buying a blank book and writing the recipes out by hand! Boy, did my fingers hurt.

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      10 years ago

      A super lens, Robin! I've been thinking about making a cookbook of favorites for my family for ages. Thanks for the inspiration/kick in the butt. I'm linking to your lens at my new Recipes for Life" WIP. I'll be hitting the Publish button in about ten minutes! :D

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      10 years ago

      I've been trying to talk my husband into doing this but so far he's resisting.Great lensLizzy

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      10 years ago

      I have mini post-it notes stuck in so many cookbooks but hadn't thought of this to organize my favorites. Thanks for the great idea!

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      10 years ago

      OMG! If only grandma Julia Nagy were alive today this would be the coolest cookbook to put together with her help. This is THE gift for cooks -- I think ChefKeem needs one...I'd buy it. Awesome lens!

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      10 years ago

      What a fantastic idea! This sounds like a nice gift in the making. :)

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      Gordon N Hamilton 

      10 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      This is a fantastic idea and definitely something I will be giving considerable thought to. Thanks!

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      10 years ago

      My only problem with tastebook is that I like to keep my recipes online, and pull up the recipes to print as I need them. So far I haven't found a way to print directly from the site.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for bringing this possibility to us! Such a great idea!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Wonderful concept. Having my own recipes along with some professional ones I choose would be great instead of disregarding half of a book with recipes I would never consider.

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      10 years ago

      Very cool idea! I really like it. 5 *'s. :)

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      10 years ago

      good info....really nice and interesting lens.

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      11 years ago

      Wow really great lens. Come visit my lenses.

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      11 years ago from Arizona

      This is great! I made a cookbook years ago for my kids and it was so much fun to put together. However, it was template, for one thing. So I'm excited about trying out the Tastebook template. Will let you know how it turns out.

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      LarryBass LM 

      11 years ago

      Jeepers, what a slick idea you've worked up there Lady Lensmaster! Very well done lens indeed RMS, in my humble opinion anyway!A fellow Lensmaster on the learning curve...LarryBHttp://

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      11 years ago

      Very cool idea. I was thinking about making one myself but never found the perfect template. My recipes are just in a notebook now. I'd love to actually publish them.

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      11 years ago

      Hi rms, What a great idea - your own recipes and photos. Wonderful personalized creativity. I bet this really takes off big time. As you've mentioned, it's a nice family heirloom. Good lens. ~Music Resource~

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      LesleyWilson LM 

      11 years ago

      What a good idea...imagine in years to come when your family revisit your book...something they will cherish I am sure

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      clouda9 lm 

      11 years ago

      Perfect, mom and I were just talking about something like this :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      11 years ago from Royalton

      This is just what I need to put my pancake recipies in.


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