New startup TasteBook launches on Wednesday morning, with a lot of help from Condé Nast: an investment from their Internet unit (CondéNet) as well as a partnership with Epicurious, a Condé Nast property.
TasteBook is a service that lets users take their favorite recipes from partner sites (starting with Epicurious) and create printed cookbooks that are delivered to them and/or friends. Users can add their own recipes as well, and customize the book with their name and other information. Blurb, which was recently in the news, is somewhat similar but does not focus on recipes.
A book with 100 recipes costs $35.
TasteBook is based in Berkeley, California. It was founded in February 2007 by Kamran Mohsenin, the co-founder of Ofoto (now the Kodak Gallery), and Greg Schroeder, formerly the chief technical architect of Ofoto.
The size of the Condé Nast investment is not being disclosed. A year ago they acquired Reddit; however, to date they have not been known for making non-acquisition investments in startups.