In 1961, Favorite Recipes® Press was created in Montgomery, Alabama by Millard Fuller and Morris Dees. These two gentlemen created the company to fund their college educations and became incredibly successful in the cookbook world. Both sold their interests in the company to pursue nationally known ventures. Fuller was founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International, and Dees is founder and director of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Favorite Recipes Press is now one of the nation's best-known and respected producers of custom cookbooks. Since 1961 , it has produced over 1,500 titles , working with nonprofit organizations, individuals, and corporations to create custom cookbooks that reflect the individuality, budget, and goals of each client. Favorite Recipes Press works with many different publishing entities, each with its own unique structure and needs, and the driving corporate goal is to "partner" with each client, helping that client and his/her cookbook be the best it can possibly be.

Favorite Recipes Press became FRP in 1997, reflecting its phenomenal growth in the book world and its new ventures into other types of book concepts. FRP offers full service to self-publishing authors and organizations. FRP provides complete support in editorial, design, production, marketing, distribution, storage, and fulfillment including custom payment terms. The Cookbook Marketplace SM, the distribution division of FRP, has grown to represent over 200 cookbook titles. In 2002, FRP introduced Community Classics ™ This product line is tailored to fit publishers in smaller markets or with budget limitations who still want to produce a high-quality cookbook. Marketing, distribution, storage, and fulfillment services are offered to these publishers as well.

In 2008 Beckon Books a new imprint and custom publishing division was launched. Beckon Books specializes in book publishing for large national and international corporations and cultural attractions.

In 2011 FRP acquired the Historic Hospitality imprint which produces custom books for America's iconic hotels, resorts, spas, and historic destinations.

With the addition of the two new imprints FRP became Southwestern Publishing Group, Inc., a division of Southwestern Inc. An employee-owned company in Nashville, Tennessee, Southwestern was created in 1868 as a publishing entity that helps students finance their college expenses through the sales of family-oriented educational reference books, and its student division is the largest organization of its kind in the country.

Southwestern Publishing Group, Inc. creates successful connections between organizations and individuals through custom books. Dedication to customer service and quality products and the goal to become a partner with our clients, vendors, and employees are the basis upon which SWPG is built. Our commitment to these core values and purposes is what supports and directs our growth, and our dedication to our clients and their projects drives our vision for the future.

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