Thoughts on Writing a Cookbook / by Joyce Brown

Years ago my mother wrote a cookbook with the encouragement of her 9 children. She was a wonderful cook and we didn't want to lose our Lebanese recipes through the generations. All 9 of us cooked with her in the kitchen at one time or another, so we had a good idea how to make most of the dishes. The problem was that the next generations don't have enough detail. They often call one of us to find out how to make something. Some recipes are even missing amounts for ingredients. One evening soon after I retired, I received a call from my niece for direction on one of mom's recipes. That is when I decided to rewrite mom's book with details and photos. It turned out to be a huge project that took over 18 months to complete. I went through her book and tested every recipe. The project included planning, shopping, food prep while taking photos, dishes (a lot of dishes) and the hardest part for me computer work. My family contributed a lot too. 

These are the two covers mom used. The yellow one was her first edition. The pink one was an improved version. My copies are well used. 

These are the two covers mom used. The yellow one was her first edition. The pink one was an improved version. My copies are well used.