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The One Recipe Cookbook (and how to finish a project together with your kids)

The One Recipe Cookbook (and how to finish a project together with your kids)
This entry is part 14 of 51 in the series Spark

They only have one dish.

But it’s enough to begin.

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Spark: How to write a book with your kids and why you should

It’s enough to finish.

In the spirit of my upcoming book (Spark: How to write a book with your kids–and why you should.), I’m talking with authors, artists, musicians, and … bakers.

Talking with fellow ex-pat this morning about potential project ideas and she told me about how she baked a wicked cornbread together with her two young boys.

That could be a project in itself: baking cornbread.

But as I look towards something:

  • That lasts,
  • That can be used (or reviewed or looked at) again and again,
  • That was started and finished.

Although cornbread itself is part of the project, I’m thinking of a more “lasting” impression. Thus came along the cookbook idea.

“But we don’t have lots of recipes.”

I sensed it wasn’t going to get done as we ran into things like:

  • Perfection,
  • Gloriously huge dreams,
  • Photography shoots,
  • Font choices,
  • Comparing what an ounce is in milligrams …

See what’s happening?

It’s not going to get done.

One recipe. One book. A few (iPhone) photos. It’s done. It exists. It was that time in their lives when they made cornbread. It’s a time capsule.

That’s what I’m after.


Have you done something together with your kids you’d like to share with the world? Or at least with me? Let’s have a quick chat.

The One Recipe Cookbook (and how to finish a project together with your kids)

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