Build an Heirloom Family Cookbook with Evernote

When you combine Evernote’s ability to capture just about anything with its shared folder option, you have a great platform to create a family cookbook – not just to share interesting current recipes but to also share your heirloom recipes too. By putting your scanner and smart phone to work with your Evernote account, you can capture hand-written recipe cards and even capture the notes added to recipes in old family cookbooks.

A recipe card scanned to Evernote.

A recipe card scanned to Evernote.

As you can see in this example, the beauty of this is that you can scan or photograph the recipe in its original state, add tags to help find it – along with recipes of its kind – in your Evernote cookbook notebook, and even add notes to establish provenance. And, with Evernote on your tablet, you can have those recipes on the kitchen counter while you create the dish. 

Since I also use the Evernote Food app to capture interesting recipes I find online and in magazines, I already have a Cookbook notebook in my Evernote account. This is where both the Evernote Food recipes and the ones I scan/save via Evernote are kept. Although not shown in the example above, I’m now adding an “heirloom” tag to make it easier to display just them.

Share your Cookbook notebook just as you would any other Evernote notebook – with one caveat. In order for each member of the share group to add their own recipes, that folder will need to be shared by someone with a Premium account. Otherwise, the folder will be read-only to all but the folder’s owner.

In my family, I started by sharing my Cookbook notebook with the rest of the “girls” in the family and it quickly became a hit. It’s so easy to grab recipes from online sources that even the more digitally-challenged members quickly got the hang of it. Now I’m slowly adding heirloom recipes to the mix. It’s generating lots of questions asking how I did that and it doesn’t take long to show them how to use their phone’s camera to capture their own recipes. Once they get comfortable with that, we’ll start working on scanning. So far, things are looking pretty good . . .