A popular thing to do today and has been for some time is to write down all of your favorite recipes into a cookbook. These can take many forms from a family cookbook to a church cookbook and just a group of friends getting together and exchanging recipes.
These are a great way to get new recipes that have already been vetting and tried by some of your most trusted friends so you know they’ll be good!
Depending on whether or not you are the curator of the cookbook, you might be asked to write a short little intro blurb about the book and how it came about and maybe shed some light onto the inspiration behind your group and the recipes that are found inside the book. This is what I was asked to do when I first put together a cookbook between me and some of my sorority sisters, and I had no idea where to begin. I was never very good at writing and English grammar, and now I get stuck with writing an intro to our sorority cookbook? How did I get stuck with this? Thankfully it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be and I actually had a lot of fun writing it, and I even started this blog because of the fun that I had in writing that book.
One of the things that you want to focus on in writing a book like this is to make it as specific and personal as possible. In my case, we were all in college in the same sorority. We had lots of inside jokes and we all knew certain things about each other that only we knew. These are the kind of things that you will want to include in a book like this so when you look back years later a big smile comes to your face remembering the good times that you had with your sisters in college.
Another thing that you want to be sure to avoid is spelling and grammar errors. Looking back once you’re adults, you don’t want to say, “Gee, I must have been really dumb back then.” This was the tough part for me. Grammar wasn’t a strong suit for me and I could never remember how to define apart vs. a part or any other writing problems. It really wasn’t as big of a deal as a I thought it was at the time, I was just so overwhelmed with finals and planning my spring vacation trip that it seemed like things were just all getting dumped on me one after another.
I was able to find an online writing course that helped me go through all of the basics of writing, sentences, and grammar. And it was totally free. I was just freaking out over nothing. It had answers to all of the questions I had, like how to use were or where in a sentence and how to write for a specific audience. So if you aren’t much of a writer like I wasn’t, I suggest finding a similar online writing course if you want to include a short little bio or intro for your group’s cookbook. They really do add a special touch that you will enjoy reading years later.