Media Reviews

Media Reviews

On this page, I will include the reviews and other media attention that Creating An Heirloom: Writing Your Family’s Cookbook has received. Your comments are welcome!

Book Reviews

Chariot Riders Reviewer Regina Adams had this to say:

Nothing was left out of this wonderful ‘how to’ book. Ms. Whipple has covered every angle. From start to finish her ideas, suggestions, and instructions will, without a doubt, allow you to create a true family heirloom. Everyone can benefit from the meticulous attention to detail she utilized while making her own family’s cookbook. She guides you through step-by-step, beginning with choosing a theme and ending with getting your heirloom published and copyrighted.

Organization tips and checklists to assure a perfect finished product follow each chapter. Ms. Whipple’s ideas are inspired and innovative. She suggests such things as adding family history, legends, and pictures to make your cookbook a true heirloom. Suggestions are included for personalizing your heirloom to make every family member cherish it from generation to generation. I especially enjoyed the suggestion of using historical information. Below is an excerpt from Creating An Heirloom: Writing Your Family’s Cookbook that shows one of the many great suggestions Ms. Whipple included in her book. She not only gives the suggestion, but also continues with where you may find the needed information.

I added historical information about various family members’ birth years at the end of each chapter. The web page “On This Day in History…” is great source for that: For instance, when I was born in 1970, Richard M. Nixon was president, a loaf of bread was 24¢, Bridge Over Troubled Water was a popular song, and Patton won the Academy Award for Best Picture. This will enable future generations to get an idea of what life was like “back then.” It’s unnecessary, but such a fun way to review history, and make it meaningful.

We highly recommend Creating An Heirloom: Writing Your Family’s Cookbook to anyone who wishes to make a treasure for the family to cherish for generations to come. Ms. Whipple’s book is a must for anyone who is making an heirloom book. Be it a cookbook, bridal gift, shower gift, or any special occasion where family history is recorded and cherished; this book is an in-depth guide to making it special.

Five Stars
Regina Adams
Chariot Rider Reviews

Ms. Adams’ review is used here with permission.

Here are some other kind words:

I loved your book. Your writing style is wonderful. I felt like we were having a friendly chat and you were explaining something I felt was way too overwhelming in simple, easy to understand steps.
– Krista L. of California

This book is one that you have to read from cover to cover even if you don’t plan to write a book. Wendy has written a book that makes the work ahead of you seem like a breeze, plus everything in the book is so easily identifiable. There were a couple things I (as a non computer user) had to write and ask Wendy to explain. The e-mails I received back came quickly and explained things step by step. Through the correspondence we have had I feel as if I have a new friend and would recommend this book to everyone thinking about writing an Heirloom.
– Gloria M. of Arizona

Wendy Boughner Whipple did an excellent job explaining the process involved in creating an heirloom family cookbook. Her computer explanations are basic enough for a novice computer user and thorough enough for someone familiar with photoshop programs. I really liked the checklists at the end of each chapter and the resources listed in the back of the book are very helpful. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone with the patience and dedication to take on the challenging project of creating an heirloom family cookbook.
– Michelle H. of California

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Other Publicity

Featured in Out Here Magazine, Summer 2008 issue, “Make-your-own-cookbook resource guide,” October 3, 2006.

A friendly guide to visualizing, organizing and printing your project with tips and checklists each step of the way. Creating an Heirloom: Writing Your Family’s Cookbook by Wendy A. Boughner Whipple, PublishAmerica, $17.95 on, 122 pages. Overview and step-by-step information with resources.

Reno (NV) The Reno Gazette-Journal writer Johnathan Wright interviewed the author in his article “Family cookbooks: A history captured in food,” January 18, 2006.

Guides to creating family cookbooks have been published, including the excellent Creating an Heirloom: Writing Your Family’s Cookbook by Wendy A. Boughner Whipple.

Whatever the reason [for compiling a cookbook], Whipple said, “family cookbooks are helping people be inspired by their histories.”

For Tom Boughner of Reno, food also celebrates and sustains family bonds.

“So many memories from yesterday are associated with food,” said Boughner, who is the brother of family cookbook author and expert Wendy Boughner Whipple. “Christmas time has always been my mother’s sugar cookies which, as far as I’m concerned, are the best in the world. To have the recipe in the cookbook and make them myself for my children carries our traditions forward.”

Columbus (OH) Columbus Dispatch columnist Mark Ellis wrote an article entitled “Family cookbooks create legacies” for the December 14, 2005 edition of his paper.

Family historians are often the ones who launch a cookbook, said Wendy Whipple, 35, of [Illinois], who took on the task for her family about five years ago and then created a Web site ( to help others. Her guide book, Creating an Heirloom: Writing Your Family’s Cookbook ($14.95, Publish-America), came out this year.

For her cookbook, Whipple gathered recipes from 19 relatives. She created a Microsoft Word document, divided it by chapters and kept a careful index of recipes.

Whipple wanted “really special things that everybody raves about” and collected 260 recipes, including multiple versions of tuna casserole and sugar cookies.

“Don’t even get into a discussion about which [sugar cookie recipe] is better,” she said.

Danville (IL) Commercial News columnist April Evans had this to say in the October 6, 2005 edition of that paper:

Each chapter has a checklist at the end to help keep your project on track. One of the most useful items that I found in the book was that Whipple has done the legwork for you when it comes to publishing. She contacted many of the publishers that cater to this type of book and compares and contrasts each one.

The October 2005 issue of Family Chronicle magazine features an article by the author: “Tasteful Family History” about using a recipe collection to look for clues in your family history.

Creating an Heirloom: Writing Your Family’s Cookbook was featured in Farm Show, in Vol. 29, No. 4, 2005 issue. It was written by Janis Schole.

Wendy A. Boughner Whipple, has published a book that provides easy guidelines and shortcuts for anyone who wants to make their own family cookbook.

Every Thursday, The Star Newspaper has a section called Meet Your Neighbor. On Thanksgiving Day (25 November 2004) the author was that neighbor. In “Food – center of holiday tradition, gift” Lindsay Gladstone writes:

It is inevitable that when families gather, conversations turn to food and the stories around food, said Wendy Whipple. [...] Whipple wrote Creating an Heirloom, Writing Your Familys Cookbook to guide others through the process of developing a cookbook. She discusses what succeeds and which pitfalls to avoid to having fun while creating it.

In the November 2004 issue of Reader’s Digest, the author is mentioned in an article called “A Gift of Food and Family” by Molly O’Neill:

Photo albums are one way to preserve a family’s history; heirloom recipes are another. Combine the two in a family celebration cookbook for a unique gift. But something this special takes time six weeks or more, says Wendy A. Boughner Whipple, of [...]

The 27 October 2004 issue of the Hartford Courant had an article (“The Way To A Person’s Memory Is Through Her Stomach”) written by Korky Vann about family cookbooks for which she interviewed the author, among others.

“Recipes are really the best way to preserve the memory of the women of your family,” says Wendy Whipple, whose website,, includes tips and hints on creating a family cookbook. “Making grandma’s gingerbread transports you to her kitchen. You hear her voice and you see her face. If you have recipes in her handwriting or a cookbook with notes scribbled in the margins, you’ve got a real connection to the past. You’ve also got a window into life in a particular era, since foods, products, measurements and the way we prepare foods has changed dramatically over the years.”

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