Plymouth Woman makes cookbooks to preserve family recipes

Plymouth Woman makes cookbooks to preserve family recipes

10:00 Saturday 4 June 2022

Rachel Ingber from Plymouth launched Heirloom Collaborative in 2021

Rachel Ingber has a passion for photography.

“I always like to make things look as good as possible,” said Ingber during a recent photo shoot at her home in Plymouth.

Her subject for this shoot is a plate of cookies decorated with sprinkles, set against a backdrop that makes the finished product look like something out of a magazine.

“I always like to add something fresh in there too,” Ingber said. “Whether it’s a fresh herb or flowers or something like that. That also gives a little life.”

Nowadays she does quite a bit of food photography.

In 2021 she launched a company called “Heirloom Collaborative”, which specializes in creating bespoke family cookbooks.

“I just love helping people create these memories and share them with their families,” Ingber said.

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Cookies photographed by Rachel Ingber during a recent photo shoot for Heirloom Collaborative.

Passing on recipes from generation to generation

To date, she’s created a dozen cookbooks filled with special family recipes—in addition to her high-quality photos—that customers can then pass down from one generation to the next.

“For people who are around, I give them the option, or they can be the ones who actually do the cooking and baking, and I just go up to them and photograph them,” Ingber said. “We love those photo shoots or cooking and baking parties. Or I can be the one to take it all on.”

The idea came a few years ago when Ingber decided she wanted to preserve the recipes of her husband’s 97-year-old grandmother, who was an avid cook and baker.

After hard work, Ingber handed her the cookbook on her 100th birthday.

“She died six months later,” Ingber said. “And it was so wonderful for our family to be able to make her chocolate chip cookies and have her face on the cover of that book.”

It’s the kind of joy she wants to share with others, and she’ll do the painstaking work of making sure her customers’ curated recipes can be presented in a way that everyone can be proud of.

“It makes me so happy,” she said. “If money wasn’t an issue, I’d do this for free because I just love doing it so much.”

Cookbooks can range in price from $700 to $1,400 depending on complexity.

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Rachel Ingber photographs cookies in her Plymouth home for Heirloom Collaborative.