A homemade cookbook is the perfect summer writing experience for your children. Cookbooks are so easy to make and you and your children can make homemade cookbooks in a couple different ways. You can either have your child write out the recipes by hand, as you cook together, placing them in a nice notebook. Or you can have your child type up their favorite recipes, then print them out and place them into a nice binder. If you want to make your homemade cookbook even more special, add pictures of your child making the recipes.
You and your child compile your favorite recipes or look for new ones.
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Take photographs of the dishes, and your child helping make the dishes, you want to include in your cookbook. You can help your child scan the images into your computer and put them in your cookbook. Most word processors will allow you to simply insert the graphics and the recipe text will format around the graphics. Or if handwritten, you can help your child print the picture and fix it to the page of each recipe.
Do one recipe per page. Make sure your child lists all of the ingredients needed for the recipe as well as complete cooking instructions. If your child has a memory to go along with the recipe, make sure they include that to give their homemade cookbook some entertainment value.
Print your child’s family cookbook on glossy paper. Print only on the front side of each sheet. Let your child decorate around the edges of the pages. Use a slightly heavier card stock for your homemade cookbook cover. If you plan to use a binder and three-hole punch for your cookbook, you may consider having your child’s hand print or picture on the cover.
Bind your homemade cookbook in a binder with three rings or staple it together by placing three staples along the edge from the center of the cookbook. You can also purchase binding components from an art supplies or hobby store. How you bind your cookbook is up to you. Consider the size of the cookbook and determine which way will work best.
Your child can create a recipe book filled with family member’s favorite recipes. (Three or four recipes would be enough for a child to write.) Complete with little illustrations to give as gifts. One recipe a week would be enough for little ones to cook, write and illustrate, by next fall you could have quite a collection of kitchen memories collected to share for years to come. While younger children wouldn’t appreciate a cookbook of recipes handed down to them, now is the perfect time to begin compiling them together.