My brother graduated college over the weekend, and I swear, he is the hardest person to buy for! He mentioned in passing that he would love a collection of family recipes, and since our family is full of amazing cooks and bakers, I thought it would fun to gather some. I had wanting to make family recipe book, like a real hard cover book for a while, and could not pass up this opportunity.
I know for a fact that my brothers gift was more of a gift to myself than it was to him. I only had week to cook, shoot, write, and edit, but I had more fun in that week than I have in years. I ended up working some late nights, and actually enjoyed it.
I published the book through Blurb. I looked at almost every photo publishing/book binding site and while there are some amazing options besides Blurb for photobooks, I found that it was the best for publishing a #fakecookbook. Blurb gave me the size I wanted as well as the option to edit it completely in illustrator, which was, in my opinion, the most amazing feature. I was also able to upload it directly to Blurb from illustrator which means that all my full page photos printed just like they were in illustrator, aka no white lines! I also prepared myself for the quality, and final product, to be less than I expected, but surprisingly, it looked just like what it looked like on my screen.
I hope my brother uses this cookbook. My mom looked at one of the recipes and said “there are more than 4 ingredients, there is no way he is making that.” And its true, there are some recipes that have a good amount of ingredients, and some require odd tools (I bought him some so that excuse is void) but I hope he gives them a shot.
Going over the recipes, and reading my moms, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers words, and seeing their writing, was the most delightful experience. I hope that my kids, my nieces and nephews, my grandkids, etc, one day get to read our recipes and feel like they are cooking with us.
If you know any cooks or bakers, I highly recommend making them a #fakecookbook.
Also, this is in no way sponsored by Blurb, and I did not receive any compensation from them.