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How to Make Your Own Cookbook
Do you own any cookbooks?
Are you paying for recipes you'll never use?
Cookbooks can be expensive. Many contain recipes you’ll never use. Some contain ingredients you don’t like or to which a household member has an allergy.
In this article, I will explain how to create a cookbook at home which contains all of your family’s favorite recipes.
The result will be a customized book you’ll use frequently—rather than a book which gathers dust on a shelf.
- As you begin planning your recipe book, make notes of which are your household’s favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, picnic, and barbeque foods. You’ll want to include some from each category in your book.
- As you’re preparing a food item that you’re going to include in the book, take photographs of any usual or difficult-to find ingredients, and make notes of where you purchased the item. You might want to include this information in an appendix section.
- Take photographs of the food item after you have finished preparing it.
- Take photographs of one serving of the food item.
(You’re not going to know at this point which images you’re going to use in your book, so take plenty of photographs.)
What equipment and supplies are needed for making a cookbook at home?
- Inkjet or laser printer
- Digital camera
- 24- to 32-lb. paper
- Three-ring view binder with D-rings
(With a D-ring binder, your pages will lay flat, whether the binder is open or closed)
- Tabbed index dividers
- Plastic sheet protectors
- Scrapbooking embellishments
- Paper adhesive
(Elmer’s Glue-All, Rubber Cement, Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, or similar)
Software Programs Designed for Creating Cookbooks
There are software programs that one can use online or download to a home computer which are specifically designed for creating cookbooks. You can enter your recipes into templates online, select a fancy binder, have your cookbook professionally printed, and spend a lot of money in the process.
Alternatively, you can use your own computer and Microsoft Word or similar text processing software, and create your own cookbook at home.
Creating Your Own Cookbook Using Word or a Similar Program
- Look at commercially-printed cookbooks to get ideas for the design of your cookbook pages.
- Create a template to use for all your recipes, so your cookbook’s pages will have a consistent look.
- Type your recipes into the template. Remember to include all ingredients, the serving size, cooking time, cooking directions, and storage instructions for leftovers.
- Add some of your digital photos to your recipes, including ones of the ingredients.
- Proofread the recipes. Look for errors in the amount of each ingredient and also look for spelling, grammar, and logic errors. Be certain that your cooking directions make sense.
- Decide the order in which you want the recipes to appear in your cookbook. You might want to arrange the binder sections in alphabetical order—appetizers, breakfast, cake and cookies…vegetables.
- Create tabs for each of your binder sections, and place the dividers in the binder.
- Print and trim some of your recipe photographs and glue them onto the divider pages.
- Now that you know the order in which your recipes will appear in your cookbook, add a page number to each page.
- Print your recipe pages and insert them into the plastic sheet protectors. Place them in the appropriate binder section, in the correct page number order.
- Create a table of contents, print the document, and add it to the front of your binder.
- Create a cover page to slip into the view binder outside front pocket. A collage consisting of some of your recipe photographs might make an interesting cover image.
- Start cooking!
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