How To Make a Family Recipe Book – Passing Down Traditions

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In a day and age where fewer people are learning homemaking skills, I think it is more necessary now than ever to preserve family recipes. One day your daughter or granddaughter may look back and wish she knew how to cook your famous pork chops and gravy. If you make her a family recipe book, she will have the recipe! In this post I will show you how to make a family recipe book.

Learn how to make a family recipe book in this easy DIY recipe book tutorial.

How do you make a homemade recipe book?

I didn’t learn how to cook much while I was growing up. I suppose I never had a desire to learn because I was too immersed in academics. Well, a lot of good that did me when I got married and had no idea how to cook a decent meal!

One gift I received from my Nana after I got married was this family recipe book. As you can tell, I have used it a lot. It’s filled with family favorite recipes that are often made during the holidays or for family gatherings. All of my favorites are in here, and I can add even more recipes and give this book to my daughter one day.

Family recipes in recipe binder

This particular recipe book is divided into sections for different items: side dishes, main courses, desserts, casseroles, etc. Nana typed all of our recipes herself and printed them, and then placed them in page protectors in the binder.

Family recipe book pages

In the back of the binder are several cute pages where I can hand write any new recipes I would like to add to the book. This is truly a keepsake that can be cherished through the generations.

How To Make A Family Recipe Book 

1. Gather materials to create a family recipe book or binder.

  • I recommend a binder because you can easily add pages. 
  • Sheet Protectors
  • Tabs
  • Printables

2. Compile Recipes

Now you need to compile recipes. This can be a slow process done over time, or if you have a daughter or granddaughter preparing to get married, you can get it all done and give it to her as a wedding gift.

Think about family favorite recipes that you always prepare at holiday gatherings. Also think about favorite meals you prepare just for regular family dinners. These are the treasured recipes you need to pass on. I have lots of simple recipes here on the blog if you need some inspiration!

I also think it is beneficial to include some good informational pages. For example, you can include a measurement conversion page, special pages with information on gardening/canning, maybe some information on emergency preparedness, and anything else you think would be beneficial to reference. 

3. Build Your Book

Put your book together. Organize all of the information/recipes into categories so it’s easy to find. Be sure to include extra pages so more recipes can be added later! Now you’re ready to present your family recipe book to a special person.

Remember, this is a great gift that can be passed down through the generations. Hopefully you have started a new tradition for your family!

Printable Family Recipe Book Template 

I have created free printable recipe binder pages for my newsletter subscribers! You’ll get 14 printable pages in the download. Use them to customize your own printable recipe binder. Please note, the recipe pages will need to be filled in by hand, but I think that just makes them even more important. Handwritten recipes are the best!

Free Printable

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  1. this is such a great idea, and would make a fantastic Christmas gift! Not that I have time to do it this year, but I’m going to start putting one together for future. 🙂

  2. I did this several years ago for my family. A great way to get recipes is to ask the kids what are their favorite dishes grandma makes. If the person responsible for bringing the recipe into the family was still alive I interviewed them for the story behind how they got it or something memorable regarding the recipe that happened through the years. I scanned in pictures new and old and put clip art to make it visually appealing. Now it is something they take down off the shelf and read even when they don’t want to cook! I complicated it and made it a bigger project than it had to be but it was worth every moment. I also recommend a binder.

  3. I did this too with all three of my kids when they moved out on there own. They could basically cook eggs and rice simple things. I put together a recipe book using a composition notebook of all our meals that were in our rotation and desserts and whatever meals they enjoyed eating.
    My daughter has hers displayed in her kitchen and has added more recipes to her book.
    I kept a copy for myself as well. I really need to update mines and add all my pinned recipes that I have made and enjoyed to it.

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