For a few years now my mom has mentioned the idea of creating a family cookbook. At one point she asked for recipes from people in the family, but not many people responded. So it is still on the "to do" list. Kimberly Powell wrote a nice blog entry about creating a family cookbook, and here are her tips for encouraging a reply:
* Ask those that can to send their recipes and stories by email. You're not only more likely to receive more submissions, but you'll also be able to cut and paste the recipes right into your final document.
* Since emailing good quality pictures can be so painful for many, consider joining a photo share site to make it easier for participants to upload their photos.
* Set a deadline that allows family members at least a few weeks to gather together their recipes, but not so far out in the future that they forget about the project all together. You may also want to send a short reminder postcard or email a week or two before the final submission deadline.
* For participants you know don't have email, try sending a SASE with your letter to boost the chance of a response.
* If you're planning to sell the cookbook to help recoop your costs, it is still nice to offer free copies to everyone who contributes recipes, stories or photos.
I also found a genealogy blog called Family Matters that has written a few entries about how they made a family cookbook for this Christmas. It looks like they put a lot of work into it with pictures and different styles. They used The Living Cookbook software and Lulu for printing.
Hopefully with these helpful blog entries on the topic, my mother and I can get one made for next year!