"He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast in his heart."--C. S. Lewis

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How much does it cost to print a fundraising cookbook?

You have a couple options to get your cookbook printed.  We would love to print your cookbook for you!  The minimum print order is only 25 copies (most other printers require at least 100).  The cost of each cookbook depends on how many pages it has.  Most cookbooks average two recipes per page.

To see how much your cookbook will cost printed by us, try our quick calculator!

Another option is to have a local printer or even a Kinko's print your cookbook for you.  With your paid membership you can download a full high-resolution PDF file of your cookbook.  Take it to your printer and have whatever amount you like printed.  Or you can just print one copy on your computer and put it in a nice 3-ring binder!

Once you have determined you are ready to publish your cookbook, our automatic publishing system will walk you through each step of the printing process from writing a dedication and thanking the contributors, to selecting the size, binding and cover art to make your cookbook something for all to treasure.

How much does becoming a member cost?

Since you can create and print your own cookbook with our system, we do charge a small software fee.  The membership fee we charge is designed to allows us to maintain the Cookbook Fundraiser database and computers.  The membership is $149 per year.  If you print your cookbook with us, you can use the system for free!


Who started Cookbook Fundraiser?

This website was developed by two high school friends who both love cooking and food.  Bill Rice is the father of four and has worked on his family's genealogy for more than a decade.  Over a wonderful summertime family meal on Cape Cod, Bill and some of his family decided to create a family cookbook.  Bill turned to his long time friend and programming expert Chip Lowell to develop a simple website to facilitate the project.  The site was such a hit with Bill's family, the two decided to offer it access to other families and groups looking for an opportunity to create a great fundraiser.


Why is there only one editor?

You know the adage "too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the soup!" well we agree.  Each fund raising cookbook needs a strong leader within the group to get the project started and keep it going.


How can I get others in my group to participate?

Cookbook Fundraiser has designed a tool to contact your group members and remind them to add their recipes.  There are also other tools to ask for specific beloved or hard to find recipes. Each project gets its own website page accessible only to other group participants.


yummyWhat if someone is not online or have a computer?

Everyone can participate in your cookbook, only some people need more help than others.  For people who do not have access to -- or the inclination to use -- a computer, you might have group members help by entering the recipes for them.  The recipe entry form allows the contributor to give appropriate credit.



Can I print the recipes on my computer printer?

Each recipe can be viewed online, emailed and printed individually on your home computer. Additionally, you can print the entire collection in a single file for a nominal membership fee of just $149.


Do you edit my cookbook for me?

No.  The Editor of your cookbook approves all final text prior to going to press.



Can other people see our group's recipes?

Each cookbook is available to only those the Editor has invited to participate.  In addition, each person who enters a recipe has the opportunity to make it private.  This means it will not be shared with anyone outside of the group.  We hope to offer some of the most interesting non-private recipes that can be shared in our monthly newsletter or in a Best of Great Family Cookbook Project Cookbook. 


What happens if I do not renew my membership do I lose all of our cookbook recipes?

Cookbook Fundraiser was developed to be an online resource for your group as well as a way to create a professionally crafted fundraising cookbook.  At the end of the subscription period, if you or any other member of your group chooses not to renew, your information will remain in our database, but you will not have access to it.


What if the site shuts down after everything has been entered?

We have designed this project to be self-supporting.  In the event that we are unable to continue to manage this site, we will provide both a file that can be printed and the cookbook data in spreadsheet form.


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Can our cookbook be available for sale?

One of the options in the publishing system is applying for an ISBN number and bar code.  This will allow your new cookbook to be made available to bookstores such as Barnes & Nobel and Border's Books as well as online on Amazon.com.  Also, with your membership, you get FREE use of our ecommerce website OurCookbooks.com to sell your cookbooks!