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)
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  1. says

    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!!!!


  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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!

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