Sites We Love: Tastebook

January 10, 2012    |    By +
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As a Gift Guru, I consider it my number one priority to not only find great gifts, but to give them as well. I’m always on the lookout for that something special that stands out from all of the usual stuff you find in the malls and other major retail chains. So anytime I come across something I love, I want to shout it from the rooftops, so no one else will have to suffer through giving and getting boring gifts. One of my latest obsessions is the site Tastebook.

Whether you’re a cook yourself or have a foodie in the family, this site is a great resource for not only recipe sharing, but they offer a fully customizable experience for creating your own keepsake cookbooks.

Part social network, part recipe library and part publisher, Tastebook is a delicious destination. Create a unique personalized cookbook by uploading your own recipes, photos and personal stories. You can also choose from their ever updating library of seasonal recipes and add them with your own. The finished product is a beautiful binder that’s uniquely your own. It’s a great gift for couples, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Housewarming, you name it.

I recently made one for my mother this past Christmas including some of her old recipes and some new ones I discovered. I have to say I was impressed with the final product. Not only did I get to include a dedication page, but the binder format comes included with plastic sleeves so she can add as many additional pages as she wants. There were literally tears, a true sign of a gifting victory.

And the best part, the recipient can start their own Tastebook account for free, where they can save recipes they like and order additional printed pages for their cookbook.  It’s customization at its best.

So next time you find yourself in a gifting rut, look no further than Tastebook for a taste of something new.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.