Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Make Your Own Book

There's just something about cookbooks. You've flipped through the pages, tried the recipes, made your comments in the margin and look to them again and again for old favorites . New cookbooks are great - you can read the recipe, enjoy the photography and look forward (at least hope) that you're going to have some interesting new meals.

When I started blogging, I loved the events, even if just for the round-ups. To have one place to go to for all Rajasthani recipes, or lovely breakfast recipes, or one-dish meals etc. I wanted to have them as cookbooks - something I can keep forever - long after a blog has gone away - something I can pass on to someone else. After all, whats better than having authentic recipes with lovely photographs and little tidbits of information (and long rants) from the author?

(photo courtesy - blurb.com)

I stumbled upon Blurb, where you can make your own book - a professional one for as little as $12.95! Or an amateur one for free! I love the idea. Thought you might like it too. And its not just cookbooks - its journals too - or just about anything you write about. I know I'd love to give my daughter a printed version of the baby blog I kept for her, complete with photographs and my thoughts.

What a lovely idea. This is obviously not meant in a commercial way - its just for us to keep a personal, permanent memoir. What are your thoughts on this?


Srivalli said...

this sounds too good..thanks for the info!

Lavi said...

Best Idea Anu..as you say we can pass it on to next generation..

Arundathi said...

you're welcome valli! :)

lavi - exactly - what a great gift that will be!

kamala said...

Nice idea arundathi. Thanks for the info

Jayashree said...

Do you still write a baby blog??? I am thinking of getting excerpts from my blog printed for my daughter when she's older....have used Mypublisher before...that's a good site too, but it's mostly for picture journals with a little bit of text in it...

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Brilliant idea!! what a lovely way to preserve recipes!!

Pixie said...

Hi there in regards to the bake I'll see if I can help with some substitutions for you can use granulated sugar as a substitute; any dried fruit or none at all for your choice and you can likely drizzle some milk chocolate instead on top.

As for golden syrup :

Substitutes: Combine two parts light corn syrup plus one part molasses OR equal parts honey and corn syrup OR maple syrup (This is thinner, and not as sweet.) OR dark corn syrup (This is thnner and not as sweet as golden syrup. If you like, try reducing the corn syrup in a saucepan to thicken it.) OR light corn syrup (This is thnner and not as sweet or flavorful as golden syrup. If you like, try reducing the corn syrup in a saucepan to thicken it.)

Here's a great resource for substitutions:

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Pixie said...

oh and this is such a wonderful link! thanks for sharing ;)

Rachel said...

Neat link!

Is your baby blog up for public view as well? Loved you blog about chennai.

Arundathi said...

@ kamala - thanks! :)

@ jayashree - i still write a blog for her - she's 2 - still a baby right? ;) erm...ok i'll call it a toddler blog. i write very irregularly though :(

@ Swati - yes, i thought so too. lovely.

@ pixie - thanks for all that info - thats great!! i'll definitely take part - will figure something out.

@ rachel - thanks. nope - the blog is not public...but thanks about my chennai one - i'm trying to be regular with it!

aravind said...

great concept maam.........
i can try experimenting some of them when my moms not home.......

ANJALI J. said...

thats an informative entry. thanks for sharing..

DK said...

This sure is a good idea. I have made a personalised book!!!!! I mean one printer and one recipe book binder works wonders for me...and my recipe book is actually my own customized book :)

Will keep this in mind for a photo journal that I have in mind of making. Also in reply to ur query for the raspberry Jam, u can use the same recipe for strawberry.I am not sure of grapes since havent tried one with this recipe. Will update when i do so :)

Mansi Desai said...

I've used this service fron blurb and its a great personal gift! you can also use it for the upcoming Mother's Day!:)

Arundathi said...

Aravind, Anjali - Thanks!

DK - thanks for the info on the jam - the book binder and printer are a great idea if its for you, but i guess this is nice to give to someone - esp as a gift! :)

mansi - thats great to hear! i'd love to do something like this for Mother's Day! :)

Sonal said...

This sounds awesome..I will definitely check it out. Thanks!

Mahesh said...
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Red Chillies said...

This is a neat idea. In fact, I have looked at differnt options trying to convert HTML to pdf so that I could convert my recipes to a book format. I totally loved this book idea. Thanks a bunch for sharing this.

Raaga said...

I love the idea :-)

Jayashree said...

That's not what I meant Anu.....I didn't see the baby blog on your profile so I was wondering if you don't write any more or if it is private....wasn't talking about the "baby" part of the blog....I write one on my daughter too...and I don't ever think of her as a toddler...she's still my baby...

Arundathi said...

Hey RC - you are very welcome.

Raaga - c'mon publish that book and send me a copy! :)

Jayashree - oh oops! Yes, I do write but its private. its totally irregular though- i'm very bad at keeping it up! :(

Homecooked said...

Thanks for the info.Sounds really great!Will definitely look it up.

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

I've been a huge fan of blurb since when it began a couple of years ago. Made my book, & the computer crashed & ate up my book! :0(...but its a fab idea! They've come up with lovely options recently!!

Arundathi said...

@ homecooked - you're welcome!

@ pb&b - that's great to know. I hope you were able to recover it! yes its a fab idea, and i'm definitely gonna do this once i have enough to put into a book! lol!

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