Cooking Gifts for Aspiring Cooks in My Family!

I‘ve just found some time for Christmas gift-making and shopping!  My life has just been a whirlwind of over-busyness and I’m focusing on a holiday season filled with as little stress as possible!  One great way for me to decrease the normal levels of stress experienced at this time is to keep our gift-giving expenses within budget and at the same time give gifts that will have lasting meaning and memories!
Several years ago I began our first family cookbook with recipes that have been cherished and enjoyed since my own childhood. Each of my kids received one of these cookbooks as a Christmas gift, as well as did my mother and sister.  Every Christmas since the first ‘edition’ was created, I add about 15 more recipes to their cookbooks since they are binder-bound and can easily be snapped open to add more recipe inserts.  This year I even began adding my favorite and most popular recipes from my blog, ‘la bella vita’.  
“Tastebook” is the name of the web-site that helps develop your own custom cookbook.  I love how I can add my own ‘story’ or thoughts and notes to each recipe.  Having my own photos uploaded really adds a lot to each recipe as well.
One of the coolest things about this cookbook is that there is also an awesome app that can be downloaded onto my iPad2 and iPhone.  So when I’m out and about doing errands or away on a trip and want one of my recipes, all I need to do is pull up the Tastebook app and retrieve a recipe, ingredients, and procedure!  Actually I needed one of my mother’s recipes included in my cookbook over Thanksgiving when we were in Hilton Head.  My mother couldn’t remember how much of an ingredient to use in a recipe, and so all I did was pull it up on the app and there was her answer!  
How sweet is that?
So all of you foodies, if you need a super great gift for the cooks or cooks-to-be in your life, I highly recommend this cookbook for a gift.  If your friends and family are anything like mine, who not only love to cook, but also value family traditions, I know that they will love this and treasure it for many years!

Isn’t this so cool?  My recipes in the cookbook pull up identically on my iPad2!
(PS: I wasn’t paid nor solicited for this free publicity for “Tastebook”; 
this post was simply sharing my thoughts with my fellow blogging friends and readers)
Your comments make me smile and I promise to get back to you. I may be slow at it because I get easily distracted by something brewing in the kitchen or hummingbirds in my gardens.

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  1. I love your cookbook! I’m planning a family cookbook for wedding gifts for my son and nephew. Can you tell me why you chose Tastebook over Blurb? Is Tastebook easy to use? I love the app that’s available. I welcome any advice.

  2. I so LOVE this idea and have been wanting to do one for some time now, maybe this is just the push I needed! Happy Holidays to you and yours Roz!! anne

  3. What a great app, I love my ipad!

  4. Hi Sallie, Anne, and Lindy!

    I forgot to tell you that it is also has an app for the iPhone. Probably the Droid too.

    Merry Christmas!!!!


  5. Soma Sengupta says:

    Grest blog. Thanks

  6. Thanks Soma! Welcome! Pleased to ‘meet’ you!

  7. This is a wonderful idea for gifts, so glad I stopped in. Thanks for sharing this one and have a wonderful holiday if our comments do not cross until after!

  8. I too use tastebook! i love it.I have never done it for friends and family though and that is an AWESOME idea. I normally just do it for me to keep record of my recipes. Great christmas gift idea!

  9. Awesome idea.

  10. Gidday Roz! (Just replying to your comment on my cherry post.) I’ve missed catching up with you too. La Bella Vita was my favourite place to visit every week, but I totally understand how busy things get.

    Re Pinterest, if you ‘hover’ your mouse over one of my photos, you’ll see ‘Repin’ appear. Click on that, put it in whatever category you prefer (you can also rename it here as well) and you’re done. Pinterest is beautiful, isn’t it?

    Great to hear from you Roz and I hope you and your family have a gorgeous Christmas.

    Anne xx

  11. What a wonderful idea!

  12. Nice idea Roz and I wish my Mom had done one so I had all of the old family recipes.

  13. This is indeed way cool – and I won’t get my act together for Christmas – but I shall start exploring it now.

  14. Hi dear friend! I am nominating you for The Versatile Blog Award – details @

    =D Tina

  15. Hi Roz. I’m planning on doing something from my blog at the end of the year. I’d like to know where I can sign up for a copy of the “La Bella Vita” cookbook! LOL

    Anne xx

  16. This is really cool Roz, and such a personal gift!!I did a cookbook before my daughter headed off to university.

  17. HI U.S. Roz. This looks wonderful. Hope you are enjoying the holiday season, and thanks so much for all your posts this year. Take care, Canadian Roz

  18. Terrific idea for a gift and for keeping your own recipes in one place. I too won’t get to this until after the holidays but I plan to explore further.

  19. What a fab idea for a family cookbook! I’m getting an I Pad for Christmas, so this sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! Cheers!

  20. How cool!

  21. Love it! I will add it to my list. Hugs!
    my Tis The Season giveaway ends tomorrow night, did you get your entry in?

  22. Whoa what an awesome idea! I definitely need to look into this!

  23. What a beautiful gift! Things have come a long way since my grandmother painstakingly copied out her favoirite recipes on cards and presented them to me in a small metal box one Christmas!

  24. Oh, what a fabulous idea! I love that it looks so professional!!! I may have to borrow Kelly’s copy :)

    Hope you have a marvelous Christmas, Roz…it’s been a blessing connecting with you this year! Wishing you a wonderful, stress free 2012, too! xoxo

    PS…I’m glad you found me on Pinterest!

  25. Oh! I didn’t know they had an app – very cool! Hope you have a Merry Christmas Roz!!

  26. Very, very cool Roz. What a fabulous idea. Your cookbook looks so professional and well presented.

    Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your family.

  27. Just dropped by to wish you a Merry Christmas. Hope your days are merry and bright!

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