Gifting The Family Cookbook


Personalized gifts are all the rage these days. If you are looking for a fun custom gift for the holidays or other occasion, creating a cookbook with The Family Cookbook is a one-of-a-kind experience that doubles as a beautiful personalized heirloom and a fun activity that includes the whole family. Creating holiday gifts is one of the most popular reasons families book me for The Family Cookbook, so I’ve detailed how the experience works when putting together a gift for Christmas, Hanukkah, Mother’s Day or any other special time.

The Family Cookbook helps preserve your family food traditions with two fun gifts in one:
1. A unique family photo session documenting you and your loved ones making your special foods
2. A custom heirloom-quality cookbook with your favorite recipes and images from your session.


Getting Started

You know you and your family members have recipes that need to be preserved, but many times those recipes are scattered here and there among family members and households. The first thing I recommend is tracking down your recipes and cataloging them to see how many you have. This can take some time, so plan accordingly!

After you know how many recipes you want to include in your book, I can design your cooking photo session and book package. We will jump on the phone or have a video call to go over logistics. Sometimes these things are just better to chat about rather than go back and forth through email. I always talk with my clients before booking to make sure they get exactly what they need. When we have our conversation, I’ll ask you about the following:

  • How many recipes do you want in your book?

  • How many family members are going to participate in the photo session?

  • Is the cookbook for a specific person, or is it a gift for the whole family?

  • Which dishes would you like photographs of during your session?

  • How many copies of your cookbook would you like?

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions! Everything is customized to meet your wants and needs. If you aren’t sure what you should include or who to invite to the photo session, let’s chat about it!

Your Cookbook Package

After your photo session and once you have submitted your recipes to my system, you’ll receive a proof of your cookbook. You’ll go over it carefully to make sure everything looks perfect, and then it’s sent to print. Your package can include just one book or additional copies can be added for 50% off at the time of booking. You can order even more copies for 30% off up to a year after your session. Cookbooks are meant to be used and are made with high-quality covers and durable paper for notes and annotations.

Cookbook Sizes & Sets

It’s hard to calculate just how big your cookbook should be. It depends on how many recipes you want to include and how long those recipes are. In general, the minimum package includes a 40-page book, which holds about 20 recipes and 60 images from your session. Books can be as large as 160 pages, which can hold 80 recipes and 240 images. But I can also accommodate more recipes in the book with fewer photos.

If you have a lot of recipes to preserve (A family once told me they have 600!), you can also design multi-volume sets to accommodate all your food treasures.

Multi-Family Sessions & Split Payments

Cooking is a family affair. Sometimes that means Grandma and grand kids, sometimes that means all the aunties, uncles, cousins, and food lovers in your family. Your photo session flows around the people participating. If your family is particularly large or you have a lot of dishes you want to document, a longer photo session or even multi-day sessions might be a good fit. It’s very common for families to split the cost of The Family Cookbook to give it as a gift. I do not accept split payments among multiple people, but I do offer payment plans with installments to spread the cost out over several months.

Booking Timeline

Depending on what occasion you’d like to create your cookbook for, preparing for your session can take a while. I usually recommend scheduling your session at least two months in advance of when you need the physical book as a gift. For holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, I recommend even earlier to allow for extended cookbook shipping times.

Documenting Holidays: Holidays are a natural way for families to come together and share the foods they love. I do take bookings on and around big holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Rosh HaShanah, Passover, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Eid. But since some of these holidays take me away from spending time with my own family, an additional fee may be applied.

Gift Certificates

Some families don’t give the physical book as the gift, and instead gift the experience. This takes the pressure off of booking in a time crunch. I have certificates that can serve as the physical gift, which allow you to schedule your session up to one year after the issue date.


Whatever the occasion, The Family Cookbook is a unique gift that will be cherished for generations to come. I love creating these personalized heirlooms for families who love food and want to pass on their traditions. Sessions in the fall and around popular holidays fill up fast, so please, if you have questions, get in touch ASAP.