I Created My Own Cookbook: The BIG Reveal and a Giveaway

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The cookbook I created with CreateMyCookbook has arrived, and here's the BIG Reveal. #createmycookbook #cookbook #write

The cookbook I created with CreateMyCookbook has arrived, and here’s the BIG Reveal.

I created my own cookbook with CreateMyCookbook, and now it’s time for the BIG REVEAL! And it’s ALSO time for a GIVEAWAY to help you write YOUR own cookbook!!  I told you all a few weeks ago that I had written my own cookbook, filled with some favorite recipes, and that I couldn’t wait to see the results!

Well, at the risk of spoiling someone’s surprise present, it arrived the day before Thanksgiving, and is now hidden in a secure location. Only Wikileaks knows where, so that I can be sure that my secret location STAYS safe.

But lucky you, I’m going to give my readers a sneak peek of my VERY FIRST COOKBOOK. Because I’m pretty convinced, now that I’ve gone through the process, and seen the wonderful results, that this is a process I WILL go through again!

I’d really like to create a cookbook that my readers can purchase!
(Burying the lead? You decide!)

See, I now know for sure that this is a doable process, with marvelous results. 

So, do I recommend that a person such as yourself, internet-savvy enough to click on a link to a blog post, and read that post, attempt to WRITE YOUR OWN FAMILY COOKBOOK?


And I can’t imagine a more loving gift, nor one that will be more treasured by your family, and friends.

Anyone can write their own cookbook, and I can now tell you that it will look right at home on your bookshelf, next to all your other most beloved cookbooks. 

The cookbook I created with CreateMyCookbook has arrived, and here's the BIG Reveal. #createmycookbook #cookbook #write

Only Wikileaks knows its hiding place, and they PROMISED me they’d NEVER tell.

I outlined these reasons that I said that anyone can create a cookbook in my last post for them, but just in case you didn’t read them, or need further convincing, here they are: 

Six Reasons WHY CreateMyCookbook is Such a Great Tool to Help You Create Your Own Cookbook:

1. IT WILL BE UNIQUE: Your cookbook will not have a cookie cutter/same old, same old look. Your book will be what YOU design, with tons of options for styling and formatting. Your cookbook will look quite different than others you might see there, on the website, because you get to choose from lots of great design options.

2. MORE THAN JUST RECIPES: Your cookbook doesn’t have to be *only* a cookbook. You can fill it up with stories, too! You can include memories of vacations taken together, or birthday parties, or holidays past. And it can be not *just* stories, but family pictures, too. Whatever images you’d love to preserve, for others to have and treasure: you can include them! Stories, recipes, photos: all yours, chosen by you! All easily arranged, and formatted exactly as you’d like them.

3. PRO PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT NECESSARY: You don’t have to be a food blogger, and have “food blogger quality” images. CreateMyCookbook has tons of stock food photos available if you’d like to choose from any of them. OR, you can, again, use family photos, rather than food photos. Or you could even use photos you’ve taken of the artfully arranged and spattered recipe cards of old. Many of the cookbooks I’ve seen as examples are “people image” heavy. If the thought appeals, you could even think of your cookbook as the ultimate form of scrapbooking.

4. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE: You can have multiple contributors: if you don’t want to attempt this project on your own, but want other recipe contributors to have access to the software, the cookbook designer tool accommodates that. 

5. THEY’LL HANDLE THE TYPING, IF YOU LIKE: if the process of compiling all those lovingly stained recipes sounds overwhelming to you, they even have a service called, “We Type It”, where you snap photos of your old recipe cards, and CreateMyCookbook types them for you.
6. YOU ONLY NEED TO PRINT ONE, NOT HUNDREDS. You don’t have to print 100 copies of your cookbook. You can print as few or as many as you’d like. And if you want to print two now, and then extended family members want a copy, later,CreateMyCookbook,will save your files for you, so that you can order more.

A Giveaway!!!

I’m practically doing a Happy Dance, as I type this! I’m so excited for some of my readers to try this service, and save some money while doing it!!!

So, leave me a comment, anything you’d like, as to your, or your family’s favorite recipe, and you’ll be entered into the running for a gift certificate to CreateMyCookbook. CreateMyCookbook will be offering an $80.00 gift certificate to one of my readers!

The cookbook I created with CreateMyCookbook has arrived, and here's the BIG Reveal. #createmycookbook #cookbook #write #holidaygift #giveaway @cre8mycookbook #ad

I sure would appreciate you sharing this Pin regarding the Giveaway, and how to create your OWN cookbook, on Pinterest!


  1. Connie Immink says

    What a fantastic idea!

  2. Wow, what a great opportunity, thank you!

    I have always loved cooking and baking. My granddaughter and I have had many experiments in cooking-some good, some, well…not so good!!
    One recipe passed down from my great-grandmother is an apricot cake. It's hard to find the apricot nectar, so we haven't made it in years.
    Thanks again so much for the chance to win this fantastic prize, and good luck to all who enter!!

  3. This looks amazing!

  4. My family has so many favorite recipes! It depends on the season, the holiday, the event, KWIM? One tried and true favorite is my homemade salsa. I have been making it for decades, it is comfort food for my family. My recipe makes two gallons, which I can in mason jars. We eat salsa everyday, it is much more than a condiment for us. I give it as gifts every year to friends, neighbors, co-workers,and family. One friend from years and years ago, as in back in the 1990's, who I gave the recipe to, has made it one of her family's favorites, so much so that when her son was married last year, he asked if she could make my salsa as a gift for each guest who came to the reception. This makes me so happy when I hear stories of how what was once "my" salsa recipe has become the favorite salsa recipe for other families, it is now "their" salsa recipe. <3

  5. What a neat idea! My mom’s recipes are a lithe disorganized, I’m wondering if this is a way I could help her organize them.

  6. I would love to do this!! Thanks for sharing Susan!!

  7. I’d love to do this for my newly married daughter! First thing I’d include would be my mom’s meatloaves marinara…better than basic spaghetti and meatballs!

  8. My grandmother just passed away, so my cousins and I want to make a family cookbook. This looks like it might be a good tool to make that happen.

  9. I cannot wait to make my own. I'm collecting recipes through the holidays, so I can start on one in the New Year. Thank you, Susan!

  10. Great idea! I should do this for my kids!

  11. This would make a lovely gift. Thanks for telling us about it.

  12. I need to do this for my son who is getting married soon. Also, I’d totally buy a Susan Williams cookbook 🙂

  13. This is so very cool. What a gift to give to someone!

  14. I love this idea! What a wonderful gift idea, and a beautiful way to preserve the favorite family recipes we all share. One of the favorites in my family is my Nana’s Wacky Cake recipe, a delicious chocolate cake. I will be checking out this website for sure. and also look forward to your cookbook too!

  15. Julie Jaskowiak says

    I would love to do this. My children would love me to do this.

  16. I love this idea! What a great gift idea. One of our favorite family recipes is my Nana’s Wacky Cake recipe, a delicious chocolate cake. I’m definitely going to check out that website. And I look forward to your cookbook too!

  17. Robin Nichols says

    This sounds incredible to me!

  18. How fun! I bet it’s a beautiful book, Susan!!

    My favorite recipe is Ryan’s grandfather’s rosemary bread. So delicious, and the memories I have of the trip where they first made it for me are precious to me.

  19. This is great! Coming from a line of cooks who didn't write down recipes, I think this is a treasure. I made a cookbook out of a scrapbook for our foster girls when they returned to their mom. I included all their favorite dinner recipes. This would have made that much easier!

  20. Marla J Young says

    Interesting Idea. I've been trying to scrap one together…

  21. Denise Hemond says

    My kids have asked for a family recipe book! They want our family favorites for when they are on their own. This book would fit that request perfectly! Thanks for sharing…

  22. I love this idea! I would love to make one for my family. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Sounds like a fun idea!

  24. I love this!

  25. Christine Ewert says

    Looks like a great way to preserve family recipes.

  26. Heather Schwarzen says

    Anything curry is a fave here— especially veg!

  27. I recently found my grandmother’s cookbook! I haven’t had a chance to look through it yet, but am hoping I’ll get that chance over Christmas break.

  28. Martha Franco says

    I don't know how great MY cookbook would be, but I'm absolutely SURE yours is fantastic!

  29. I am still

    Wanting to do o e of these for my son, the chef, with our favorite family recipes. I know he would treasure it.

  30. I’m just learning of this product today and it’s the perfect gift for my parents! While my family is visiting with them all next week, I’m going to slice away time to sit with my parents and go through all their recipes with them (and secretly helping to organize it all). I’m going to take all the collected recipes, photos of our family holidays together since before I was born and capture it all in this book. I plan to make copies for my parents, myself and my brothers. I’m so excited to start the process!

  31. My favourite family recipe would be my Grandmas banana creamer pie. Wish I had asked her for it.

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