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Morris Press Cookbook Store

Where you can buy a cookbook from some random family's recipes to add to your own collection. 

The Morris Press Cookbook Store is a unique place in America where you can buy a cookbook from some random family’s recipes to add to your own collection.

In 1933, Fred Carlson purchased a small printing business in Kearney, NE. Fred, who had previously been a manager at another printing company, ran the business until 1956 when he transferred it to his son-in-law, Harold Morris. Morris soon bought out another printing company and then expanded the business in 1972 to include office supplies and furniture. In 1975, the company was incorporated as Morris Press and Office Supplies, Inc.

Commercial printing had always been a strong part of the business, but as the economy faltered in the 80s, the company began a small cookbook business broaden sales in the local market, focusing on personalized cookbooks for local organizations, schools, churches, and families. Many of these cookbooks were sold as fundraising opportunities. The popularity of this business grew and today, the company is the number 1 cookbook publisher in the country, publishing cookbooks from all 50 states.

The store serves as an outlet for the extra unsold cookbooks printed. If you are in the market for the Smith Family Reunion Recipe Book or the First Baptist Church of Anytown, USA Cookbook, this is the place to go! You can even publish your own cookbook and extras can potentially end up in the store for others to enjoy.

Know Before You Go

The physical address is 3212 Lincoln Hwy, Kearney, NE 68847, but Google Maps is a bit off. Also look in your hotel tourist brochure bin or the local Kearney paper for any coupons to the store. Most books are sold for a few dollars and have a lot of interesting recipes in them.