how to bake your family cookbook

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Last year, food blogger Jules Clancy self published her first print cookbook, ‘and the love is free’ to celebrate the beautiful life and cooking of her Mum who died from cancer in 2007. One of the things that surprised her most about the success of the book was the number of people who commented,

What a fabulous idea – I should do that for my Mum / family /children.

So Jules decided to pull together an instructional ebook to show people how easy it is to create their own professional looking, personalised family cookbook.

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    * How to stop procrastinating, get motivated and tackle your cookbook project
    * Time saving tips for planning your cookbook
    * 10 tips for foolproof recipe writing – posted recently on stonesoup
    * A simple method for testing recipes
    * How to take delicious food photographs
    * 10 tips for tasty food styling
    * How to get away without taking your own photos
    * 11 tips for stunning layout and design
    * The pros and cons of the different printing and distribution options
    * How to promote your book
    * How to write a convincing sales page & sell your book
    * How to make the most of modern, inexpensive online tools for book writing & printing
    * And much more


* How to actually ‘bake’ any members of your family or how to harm them in any way – except perhaps with kindness.

* How to cook anything. There are no recipes in this book – it’s all about how to write a cookbook. If you’re after recipes – watch this space for my next eBook project or pickup a copy of my print book ‘and the love is free‘.


3D cover‘HOW TO BAKE YOUR FAMILY COOKBOOK’ is ON SALE for only $4.95 until MONDAY 5th APRIL when it will revert to the full price of $9.95.

As a digital eBook you will be able to download and start reading immediately.

Alternatively it is FREE with any purchase of my print recipe book ‘and the love is free‘ which is available HERE with FREE SHIPPING anywhere in Australia.

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This eBook is for anyone who’s thinking about doing their own cookbook…. not just a family cookbook. Or even anyone who is thinking of self publishing any sort of book. Why? ‘cos it’s a wealth of concise, useful information.

I have some friends writing blogs about cooking. I would recommend HOW TO BAKE YOUR FAMILY COOKBOOK even if they don’t plan to publish a book. This eBook is great source of advice about writing, recipes and taking photos which are their main thing.

I don’t know if my family has lots of recipes like most, but your eBook has inspired me to do some asking around! I would recommend this to people who like to cook; especially recipes handed down from their mother or grandmother. People who have close-knit families that get together all the time and hang out. I say them because they probably have a lot of family recipes and there’s a heritage that needs to be more permenant in book form, not just a collection of paper scraps. Then they can pass it on to their children and their children’s children..


If you don’t find something to love about ‘HOW TO BAKE YOUR FAMILY COOKBOOK’ please let me know and I’ll fully refund your money. No questions asked.


Jules is a Sydney based food scientist, writer, photographer and aspiring minimalist. In January this year, she packed in her day job as a chocolate biscuit designer for Australia’s largest biscuit company to become a full time blogger.

She writes stonesoup | minimalist home cooking – a blog that helps people become better home cooks by using a minimalist approach to cooking. She focuses on super simple recipes with
5 ingredients or less that can be made in 10 minutes.

When she’s not cooking, writing about food or taking photographs [of food], she can be found indulging her passions for long boozy lunches, travel, running, sweaty bikram yoga, cookbooks, boating on Sydney harbour, cheese and red shoes. [OK. all shoes].

For more about Jules check out the about page HERE.

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Lana April 2, 2010 at 8:32 am

Hi Jules,
Your idea is brilliant – I LOVE IT!!!!
However, the title you have chosen leaves a creepy feel of suggesting you want to bake your family. UGH. There must be a better way to title this surely. Think about it. When you read it, you read “how to bake your family” cookbook. Not so good.
But EVERYTHING else is fantastic! Thanks so much for all your great information and maybe ask around and see what others think of your title.


Lana April 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

I have just had an idea. You could use the same words, but just set out different.
How about something like this: HOW TO BAKE – Your family cookbook.
This title certainly doesn’t leave a shiver down my back like the other one.
What do you think?


jules April 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

hi lana

thanks for the honest feedback. I was toying with going with how to write your family cookbook but it just seemed a bit boring – when I came up with the how to bake idea – I thought it was kinda cute.

And I guess I also liked the controversy if people thought it was a book about baking their family – makes it more memorable.

Am committed to the current title but interested in other peoples thoughts?


Fiona May 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm

A great resource, we are currently creating recipe books as part of year 7 Design and Technology and the kids love it- I will be using this book as a guide in their recipe book creation


Marese Murray June 13, 2010 at 8:53 am

Book looks great – I’d like to print it and have it bound as a hardcover so that I can give it as a gift – any ideas how I do that? Ta.


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