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Family Recipe Album

Photography: Kate Mathis

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2012


Grandma's coffee cake, Mom's Bolognese -- there's something about a family member's specialty that makes it seem impossible to replicate. In her new book, "Sweet Home," Rebecca French suggests creating an album with a recipe and step-by-step photos of your relative cooking his or her trademark dish, in order to pass down your family's culinary traditions to future generations.

Classic removable labels, by Martha Stewart Home Office With Avery, with Blue and Green borders; 13/16" by 33/4", $3 for 24; and 1 5/8" by 3 3/4", $3 for 18;


  • Craft knife

  • Colored mat board

  • Lightweight watercolor paper

  • Bone folder

  • Ruler

  • Archival adhesive

  • Removable labels


  1. With a craft knife, cut out two 5-by-7-inch pieces of colored mat board, for front and back covers.

  2. For a 6-page book, cut out one 7-by-30-inch piece of lightweight watercolor paper.

  3. Use a bone folder and a ruler to score where on the watercolor paper you'll fold the 5-inch-wide pages, and then accordion-fold the paper.

  4. Apply archival adhesive to glue the covers to the paper's ends and the photos to their pages.

  5. Write recipe steps on labels, and stick underneath each photo.

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