How to Make Money Off Family Recipes

Selling recipes to cooking websites and entering cooking contests can be big money-makers.
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Even for a rally -- mom. Do a substitute teacher and -- millionaire I want and -- -- There's that giant billion dollar check. Right about the washer and dryer you like to -- -- if you like food and he's pretty you can. And make it funny yes you can't just trying to figure out some way to bring a little bit of eat you -- into the house yet there have been to an athlete of -- Effective immediately and I don't expect you don't win I mean it can mean scenes. Especially in the timing and it's all part of book -- -- -- fueled by TV shows like top shaft. And best selling cookbooks by celebrity chef cooking has become big business but it's not just celebrities. Forecasting -- -- recipe for success and she answered a recipe contest. -- And not only that's she's one other smaller cash prizes plus free groceries and appliances. Now she's working -- on top secret pizza recipe that could win her trip. Italy. -- it's realistic that. Others stay. Or even people with. Job full time job could actually -- yeah I'm just here -- all normal home. You know mom. And I do my laundry and you know this is just making dinner for the family but in a creative way. Big brands like Pillsbury Betty Crocker -- potatoes that Saddam contest to hype up -- product. And -- -- ideas on how to use familiar product. You -- -- -- Tina finds recipe contest their web sites like cooking contest central dot com. They -- the net and then members the biggest contests. Kristina -- he runs the site and says there are more than 500 contests and three million dollars in cash and prizes just waiting to be one every year. There is a lot to be one out there you just gotta go clean your -- And did you ever wonder how those celebrity stats come up with all those recipes in their cookbooks sometimes they don't scan a mix a little bit of the stuff together. Denise -- -- it says she's a cookbook ghost writer. Here we got out she says she writes develops and photographs some of the recipes in the cookbooks she works on -- acts much like a ghost writer of a celebrity autobiography. -- -- Secrets out she says she charges between 20400. Dollars per recipe. -- -- -- -- -- Now white is a celebrity hires someone else to write their recipes so many reasons they don't have time to -- -- two. They are of the -- hand and they are very busy selling the brand and me you know don't have any extra time. She will divulge most of our clients but one who stepped forward -- there Suzanne Somers. But ghost writing it may not be as easy as you think. Meet former ghost writer in New York Times dining reporter. -- -- -- -- -- ghost writer is someone who is able to face themselves like you don't have a voice you are just the mouthpiece for the person that's with custard is it can also be -- -- -- secret on how to get your name out there for the stars to -- create a food block complete with recipes and photos. And marketed to publishers. She says it worked for her -- what surprised by my success. Then me. -- -- tit for culinary success what makes a greater winning recipe is something that is pretty close to what people already know how to do. But just with a little bit of -- three -- win. Knowledge and that comes from us from having done it for years. Another way to make money and come up with a new product -- like Erica casts its secret sauces. -- alternative. -- from fruits instead of tomatoes. Called what else. Not catch up my kids' favorite is definitely the -- -- thank. Has a little bit of spice to it. -- Erica packages and -- right from her home loading up her van proudly displaying her logo on the side. Traveling grocery store a grocery store selling it and pounding the pavement is paying off. Erica -- in talks with the big box retailer to sell not catch up nationwide. But her biggest -- I want to be on Oprah's favorite things list so Oprah if you're listening I'm out here. Hope she's watching but for most of us the fun comes in trying out the recipes for ourselves. As for making a living out of creating recipes in the real world it's very difficult for just a regular -- for a guy with a great grilling recipes. Turn money. When he -- in contact I think a few people. Can make a living by entering contests but they need to be people who are willing to view the spreadsheets with the deadlines and to track all and a direct all of the ingredients that they need for each recipe -- Even harder parts. Facing a tough panel of critics. Your family -- in the period. The verdict. -- Shop the sweet taste of big -- First Nightline I'm Lindsay Janice in Philadelphia. --

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