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How to Make Your Own Cookbook

Updated on January 22, 2015
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Daisy Mariposa has a B.A. from Montclair University in New Jersey and two occupational certificates from California colleges.

Looseleaf binders can be used for making your own cookbook at home. Some people like to place the pages in plastic pockets to prevent damage from food spills.
Looseleaf binders can be used for making your own cookbook at home. Some people like to place the pages in plastic pockets to prevent damage from food spills. | Source

Do you own any cookbooks?

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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.

Tips

  • 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?

  • Computer
  • 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)
  • Scissors
  • Pen


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.

This is the cover of the 1957 Betty Crocker cookbook for children.
This is the cover of the 1957 Betty Crocker cookbook for children. | Source

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.

Vegan Vegetable Soup Ingredients
Vegan Vegetable Soup Ingredients | Source
  • 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!

Vegan Vegetable Soup
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Adding photographs of your ingredients is a great idea.
Adding photographs of your ingredients is a great idea. | Source

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    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      For a long time I have this idea to write a cook book for my mother's recipe. Many of her recipes are very unique, which she learned from her mother.

      This is a wonderful idea.

      If I'm able to do this, it will be a wonderful gift for her in her birthday, which is in April.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Excellent advice and creative ideas. I'd be thrilled if someone gifted me with a homemade cookbook filled with original recipes. Up, interesting, useful and linked to from my hub on how to write your original food recipes. :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Vinaya,

      Thanks for reading another of my articles and commenting in it. A cookbook comprised on your mother's recipes would be a cherished birthday present!

      With your photographs as illustrations, the book would have the best possible images a cookbook could ever have. You might even consider publishing an e-book of your mother's recipes.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sherri,

      I'm glad you found the information in my Hub to be useful. By using three-ring binders for the cookbooks, it would be very easy to customize the book for each recipient.

      Thanks for adding a link from your Hub to this one. I did the same in return.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      A cookbook of favorite family recipes is a wonderful idea! I actually made one for a family reunion using FileMaker Pro, and it worked pretty well. If I were to do it again, I think I'd use MS Word as you suggested, and also include some digital photographs of completed recipes. I also like your idea of a collage of recipes for the cover. Hmmm...maybe I'll do a reprint! Thanks for lots of good suggestions! Voted up and shared!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Stephanie,

      Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I was inspired to write this article after seeing so many great recipe Hubs published in HubPages.

      I think that using Word is the easiest way to create a cookbook. Please post another comment after you've revised your cookbook.

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Excellent ideas, I have a battered notebook with my favourite recipes pasted into it, but I have been meaning to do something like this for ages! Great hub.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sonya,

      It's nice to meet you. I'm glad you found my interview helpful. Please post another comment after you create your new scrapbook.

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Excellent hub, Daisy! I love doing these types of crafts that are useful as much as they are fun to do! You did a great job on this hub. I like how you allowed for a computer alternative. Voted up, shared, etc.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I've always wanted to make my own cookbook to pass down special family recipes to my kids.

      Great ideas!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      My mother-in-law did something like this. She types all the family recipes out on a typewriter and then put them into a binder and separated everything out with tabs. Great idea. Now I want to make one!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      We have a family tradition for each "bride to be" in the family. Family and friends share a recipe and combine them all into a cookbook as a gift to the bride. It's always appreciated, so they say. UP! Useful!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Brittany,

      Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I agree with you about *useful crafts*...they're fun to create, and they have a more lasting value than purely decorative crafts.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      HawaiiHeart,

      Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you.

      Now that you have some instructions for doing so, are you going to make your own cookbook?

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Cyndi,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

      You're so talented, I'm certain that any cookbook you create will look terrific and include great recipes. One of the nice things about using a computer for the recipes is that it's easy to create multiple books. The cover insert and binder divider sheets are all that would have to be created individually.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sunshine,

      What a great tradition your family has about creating a recipe book for every *bride to be*! A gift like that is something to be treasured. Thanks for telling us about it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This would make a great family endeavor to pass down. A great Hub, nice instructions and easy to follow, thanks for the tips!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rebecca,

      Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Having a multi-generational cookbook would be a great idea. If the recipes are on one of the family member's computers, it would be very easy to update the recipes and print additional copies of the book, as needed.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The individualized cookbook is great as we can then put in the recipes we actually use! And have it look just the way we want too :) Voting up Daisy, very useful!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Christy,

      I'm glad you found my article useful. The problem with many professionally-created cookbooks is that many of the recipes are ones you might never use. By creating your own book, you can include just the recipes you like to use.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a wonderful idea and I have just read Sunshine's comment for their family tradition, it would make a fabulous personal gift.

      Thank you and voted up.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Movie Master,

      Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Sunshine's family tradition of creating a cookbook for every bride-to-be in her family is a great idea!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is a great idea. I've been trying to collect my mother's recipes as well. Putting them in a cookbook like this would be awesome. Thanks for the directions.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Shasta,

      I'm glad you found my article and directions helpful. Putting your mother's recipes, as well as photographs of the food items, in a recipe binder will be a wonderful memory.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Great ideas here. I created a cookbook once that I gave to friends and family and Christmas, but I took it to a copy shop to be printed, which ended up being pretty expensive. I like the idea of creating one almost as if it's a scrapbook. It would be a wonderful bridal shower gift, too.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      This one I am saving and thank you so much for sharing a wonderful idea.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Deb,

      Thanks for reading my article. I'm glad you liked my suggestions.

      If you create a cookbook scrapbook-fashion and print the recipes on your computer, you can easily customize the book for each recipient.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Eddy,

      Thanks for reading and bookmarking my article. If you create a cookbook using my suggestions, please post another comment.

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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      What a great idea! Thanks for the tips! Rated up, useful and shared!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Fantastic idea. This would make great gifts for family, too! All the recipes that have been handed down. Just added another project to my "To Do" list! Thank you! Voted up and across, as well.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Tons of useful tips and I believe I know some people who would love something like this as a gift. Thanks for sharing, voted up and interesting (:

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      You know, it's a great idea to have our own hard copy of our favorite recipes. For all our technology, there's something about having the pages of a cookbook with little smudges and worn corners to hand down to family members. Your tips for putting our own cookbook together are really helpful!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Amy,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article, commenting in it, and sharing it. I'm glad you found the information helpful.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      TToombs08,

      It's nice to meet you. I'm glad you found my article useful. Creating your own cookbook is a project you can work on a little bit at a time.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Old Cashmere,

      It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. Are you going to create your own cookbook to give as gifts?

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      RTalloni,

      Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting in it. Creating family cookbooks with recipes contributed by many family members would be a great traditon, wouldn't it?

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I bought a small cookbook one of our kids were selling for the school, years ago. It looks something like the one in your picture. I put in my recipes and through the years added pictures. On Easter the kids were sitting at the table going through that old cookbook.

      Your idea is great everyone should do something like that. Voted Up.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I think it'd be a great idea to do that, I have some aunts who would get a real kick out of that. I'm digging it for sure. Keep up the excellent work (:

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Moonlake,

      Thanks for commenting. Photographs of the food preparation, the finished item, and people enjoying the food are all great to add to a personalized cookbook.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Olde Cashmere,

      Thanks for visiting again. I'm glad you enjoy reading my craft project articles.

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      Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

      A really well-written hub about something that could be passed down to the next generation.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Talullah,

      Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you.

      I agree with you...by using a binder to hold one's recipes and accompanying photographs, one can easily create a very special cookbook that can be passed along to the next generation.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Great hub-well done!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      duffsmom,

      Thanks for commenting in another of my Hubs. I especially like this project because many family members and friends can contribute to the content of the cookbook.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      This would be a great gift idea for my Mom! She is a good cook! However, her recipes are a dash of this, a dasch of that...lol! I am going to have to be creative here! Your ideas will help with that!

      Voted up!!!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      When my husband and I got married back in 2000, my cousin gave me a homemade cook book filled with all the "family" recipes. It was simple... template from the computer printed off, inserted into page protectors. They didn't even use photos... but let me tell you, out of all the wedding gifts I got, that one is the one that has stuck out in my mind the most, and is used regularly! Great suggestion. Not only to keep track of your favorite recipes, but also as a great gift to give someone else! :)

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      luse 5 years ago from Boston, MA

      This is actually really clever. It's true that, especially for my fiancée and I, that too much money is wasted on recipe books that are used for a couple recipes only. Making your own cookbook looks fun and useful, too. What a way to spend an afternoon!

      Great hub!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Audra,

      Your mother will love the thought and care you would put into creating such a gift!

      With your photographic skills, you could add images of the ingredients, food preparation, and family members enjoying her cooking, not just photos of the finished products.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Stacy,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. Gifts such as the one you received which contained the family recipes are to be treasured. Recipes books created at home are something that can be handed down to the next generation of family members.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Luse,

      It's nice to meet you. Start collecting recipes from family members now, so you'll have a terrific customized cookbook by the time you get married.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Well put together and useful hub, especially for all the cooks out there! Proofreading is a must and the tabs are a great idea. Always a great family gift when you've collected family recipes. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      What a wonderful idea! I have been collecting recipes from my mother and some relatives for many years but I have not thought of creating a book for my collections. Thank you Daisy for sharing this to us. Voted up and useful. Have a great day!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs, Having the pages in a binder makes it so much easier to revise or add to the book.I especially like to add photographs of the completed recipes, and comments from guests who tasted whatever I created for the first time.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Thelma,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub.

      It's sounds as though you now have a way in which to organzize all the recipes you've collected. Please write again if you decide to create your own recipe book.

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Daisy, you are fast becoming an authority on How To articles. I love the simplistic way you explain how to do this. The length of the article is just right and encourages you to get started.

      Well done on this.

      Voted up/interesting.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Steve (poshcoffeeco),

      Thanks so much for your very kind words. It seems as though I'm finally putting my university degree in art / art education to good use.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      This is a great idea. I never thought of taking my own photos and adding them to a cook book of my own. For years I've had a 3-ring binder with plastic protector sheets that I slide recipes from magazines into. I use that "cookbook" more than any other I own.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Kristin,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it.

      Since you already have a 3-ring binder and plastic protector sheets, you really ought to "upgrade" and started taking photographs of the food items you make.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      She's a smart cookie among many recipes! Daisy ,this is a really useful hub written with clarity and conciseness. You have a way of organising facts that can only come from editorial I sights. This hub is a good example.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mohan (Docmo),

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support and your very kind words.

      My writing career began as a policy and procedure analyst in the aerospace industry. I had to be clear, concise, and to the point.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      This is such a good idea, Daisy! This can also be fun to do with the family and siblings who are artsy. What I notice from cookbooks, it's no longer really about what kind of recipe is in it, but how the book captures the reader's attention from the cover. Alas, this is for home usage, so definitely everyone can go all out with designing the binder, the format of the pages, and just have a grand ole time organizing and creating recipes. Well Done! Definitely gonna consider this.

      -KD

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      What a fantastic idea Daisy! I am the most unorganized person so the thought of doing this kind of scares me! I work better with a little clutter at least with my papers but I really think your idea is awesome! The idea of making it not only useful but creative appeals to me! Take care, Kelley

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Keith,

      Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting in it. This type of recipe book can be a fun family project. Multiple copies can be printed, and the books cam be handed down to younger generations.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Kelley,

      Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting. What you can do is get a 3-ring binder and some plastic sheet protectors. At a very minimum, you can put all your bits and pieces of paper in one place...organized disorganization.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This is such a great idea! and definitely something I would love to make. I am useless where recipes are concerned, they are dotted all around the house in various books so this would be such a help, great hub! cheers nell

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nell,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. As I mentioned in my reply to Kelley immediately above your comment, you can start out small...just gather up all your recipes and put them in plastic protector sheets in a 3-ring binder. That way, you'll have all your recipes in one place.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Hi!!Great idea, collecting all recipes and making a book. Another idea- you can publish it too!! Voted up.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nithya (Vellur),

      Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting. Creating a cookbook this way is very easy to do. Do you think you're going to try it?

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      This is a great idea. My recipes and stuff are scattered all over the house. Nigella Lawson still has all of her mother and grandmother's recipes. I could get started with this soon.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Julie,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support.

      You can start this project by just gathering up the recipes and putting them in protective sheets in a binder. Then, as time permits, type the recipes using Word or a similar program.

      By having the recipes stored on your computer, you can print different recipes for various family members and friends and make customized cookbooks.

      Then, as you make the recipes, take the photographs.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Yes, that's a good place to start. I get lots of recipes from online anyway now that printing them would be straightforward. My handwritten ones could do with a type up, the stains......I'm not a very tidy cook.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Julie,

      Thanks for visiting again. It sounds like the use of the sheet protectors in the 3-ring binders would be perfect for you. Using them is a great way to keep ingredient stains off your recipes.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      I had to come back and visit, Daisy. Because of the contest this month, I thought this would be a great hub to share. There have been people in the forums asking about making cookbooks, and I immediately thought of you. Hehe. Have a wonderful day! Hubhugs from Colorado! :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Cyndi (cclitgirl),

      Thanks for visitng again. I appreciate your sharing my Hub.

      I never imagined that a simple little project like this would prove to be so useful.

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      Chris Montgomery 4 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Simple but awesome! I should have done this a long time ago. Thanks!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting. I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time. Thanks! Up/U/I and sharing.

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Hi Daisy. Very nice. I really like your paragraph dividers. There are numerous online sites today that will print up your recipe book when you upload the recipes and photos. I'm sure the do-it-yourself handy crafters will enjoy this Hub, too. Many blessings, Debby

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and interesting!

      It is undoubtedly a great idea. Loved it.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Chris (MosLadder),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. If you create your own recipe book, please post another comment.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Debby,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

      I'm glad you like my paragraph divider. I created it using Photoshop.

      When I was doing the research for my article, I found several online sites which will print one's recipes and produce a finished cookbook. The sites don't provide as much flexibility and creativity as one gets from a do-it-yourself project; plus, they're expensive for what one gets.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Denise,

      Thanks for reading my article, adding your comment, and sharing my Hub. Please post another comment after you've created your own cookbook.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Shampa,

      Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Are you going to create your own cookbook?

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      Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Great idea backed up with a well organised, easy to follow hub. Having a unique cookbook to dip into must be such a good feeling and the beautiful thing is, you can pass it onto other family members so they can add their favourite recipes.

      Votes for this idea.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for publishing a very detailed hub. Excellent read!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Andrew (chef-de-jour),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

      What's great about creating a cookbook such as the one I've described is that it's easy to print multiple copies for family members, and easy to add more recipes.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      SkeetyD,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Are you going to create a cookbook containing your favorite recipes?

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Daisy, definitely

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      SkeetyD,

      Thanks for stopping by again. Please post another comment after you have created your cookbook.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This a wonderful hub. Thanks for the idea.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Stephanie (StephSev108),

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is so cool! I have so many recipes floating around. Shared, and voted up. Awesome too! Thanks.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Very interesting article, and extremely useful! This is a great way to save all your recipes, and I love cookbooks! Voting up and sharing.....

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      GlimmerTwin Fan,

      Thanks for reading my article, commenting in it, and sharing it. Are you going to gather up all of your recipes and create your own cookbook?

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      LaThing,

      Thanks for reading my article. I appreciate your commenting in it and sharing it. Are you going to create your own recipe book?

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi Daisy, yes, I am trying to gather all my recipes that I had collected. Over the years. I always wanted to compile it into a book, for myself and my children. You hub actually resparked my desire to put all that in a book form. :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      LaThing,

      Thanks for visiting again. I'm glad my article has been a help to you. Have fun creating your cookbook!

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      I'm a huge fan of making cookbooks. They are wonderful for keeping family traditions, helpful gift for newlyweds, fun gift for single friends!

      I've created a few for the holidays, as well. Last Thanksgiving, as each guest left, they got a jar of chutney my husband and I made along with a small book of condiment recipes. It was fun, inexpensive an our family seemed to like the idea.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Graham (alifeofdesign),

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate it.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I love this idea. I have my Mother's old cookbook, but it is falling apart! I keep my own favorite recipes in an envelope, but they are hard to locate when I want them.

      I have bookmarked this Hub for reference.

      Voted UP, shared, Pinned and Tweeted.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      really really love your hub, your idea is so amaZing!

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      Wow! I'm suddenly getting all too excited making my own cookbook featuring all original recipes! Thanks for posting. Voted up and awesome.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary (mary615),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing, pinning, and tweeting my Hub. I appreciate your support of my writing.

      It sounds as though you're the perfect candidate for creating a cookbook. You wouldn't want to lose all the recipes that were handed down to you by your mother, and the recipes you've created yourself.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      unknown spy,

      Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I'm glad you found the information to be helpful.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      FullOfLoveSites,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Please post another comment after you've created your cookbook.

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      Matt Doran 4 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Helpful hub. I did something like this when I moved into my first flat. I printed out loads of recipes from the BBC website at work and then put them all in a ring-binder. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian sections. Simple

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Matt (Iammattdoran),

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. What's especially nice about using a ring binder is that you can arrange, rearrange, and revise your cookbook quite easily.

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      Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This makes a cool gift idea for people with dietary needs or picky eaters. Simple and creative!

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Alecia,

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Customized cookbooks are great family gifts, too...to be shared by family members from one generation to the next.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, this is a very thoughtful hub. I like the idea of creating your own recipe book. Thank you for sharing this with us Daisy!

      Voted up and sharing!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      What a great idea Daisy! I have a few cookbooks around the house and can never find all the stuff in one book, so I go searching, and yes you guessed that's the book that goes missing! seriously, great info and something I may try, thanks!

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dahlia (livingsta),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. What I especially like about creating one's customized recipe book is the ability to personalize each entry...add a photo of the completed food item, a photo of relatives and friends enjoying the food, etc.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nell,

      Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Creating a customized recipe book sounds like the perfect rainy day project for you. Gather up all your recipe books, stack them next to your computer, and start typing your favorite recipes.

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      Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India

      I think it's best to create your own cookbook consisting the food you like... instead of buying one.

      This is a wonderful hub! Thanks for sharing this idea. Voted up!

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sneha Sunny,

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Gathering one's favorite recipes can take a bit of time, but after that, you'll have a cookbook you'll actually use.

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      JS Matthew 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow, this is a great idea Daisy! I have napkins and scrabbles on loose paper from recipes collected throughout the years. What a great way to organize and keep them safe. Voting and sharing. Thanks for such a wonderful idea.

      JSMatthew~

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      Galadriel Arwen 3 years ago from USA

      I thought I'd share: For the holidays I gathered up all the recipes from the family members that were their best dish and desk top published the recipes using the power point and excel programs. Everyone was delighted with the thoughtfulness and having those hard to get recipes from the relatives. I also made a special cookbook for mother on Mom's Day with all her recipes. She had little cards and now they are all arranged with type and season. She shows that book off - It has her pic in the kitchen cooking on the cover as well.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      JS,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

      You've published some great Cambodian recipes on HubPages. Now that you'll "hopefully" be organizing your bits and pieces of paper, perhaps you'll find even more recipes to publish.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Galadriel,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your taking the time to tell us your anecdote about the recipe books you created.

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      Donna Campbell Smith 3 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Great idea! I use a similar method to collect family stories and memoir writing. Recipes sometimes find their way in, too.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Donna,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

      I can see that your idea of collecting family stories would work with a book such as the one I described. It's something which can be passed down through the generations...a wonderful legacy.

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      I have got to do this, and love the online template idea! Great hub - Thanks for sharing your tips!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Useful tips. You know, i created my own cook book too. I have 3 of them, one for the cakes,muffins,cookies, 2nd for the everyday meals and 3rd for the snacks. I don't print them, just write the recipes down in the single line pages books and write down my review with dates. Then i will know whether this recipe is good or not. Maybe i will try add in photos after I buy the inkjet printer. I have a mono laser printer only.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Better Yourself,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Please post another comment after you've created your recipe book.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      peachpurple,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. It would be so much easier to have computer files for all your recipes. That way, you can print multiple copies of your cookbook and share them with relatives and friends.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is a fantastic idea Daisy. I'm gathering up my recipe's and following your instruction. A cookbook is also a great thing to leave after I pass on :)

      Big votes and sharing. Hugs ~ Audrey

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Audrey (vocalcoach),

      Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I know that Lisa will be very happy to have copy of the cookbook you create.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Just want you to know that thanks to you I made 2 cookbooks last Christmas for gifts. They were a huge hit. Thanks, Daisy. Sharing again.

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      This is on my to-do list. What a nice idea. I have scattered recipes some bound with a rubber band, others tucked inside an old cookbook. How nice to have your own family recipes kept so neatly all in one book. And it would make a lovely gift!

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Audrey (vocalcoach),

      Thanks for stopping by again. I love hearing that readers have actually created cookbooks after reading my article! I appreciate your letting us know.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dolores,

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. It sounds like creating your own cookbook is a perfect project for you. If you type your recipes using a program such as Word, and you take digital photographs, it's very easy to create personalized cookbooks as gifts.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

      What a timely topic, with the holidays coming! I'm always digging out frayed recipe cards or stained computer print-outs that have been folded and shoved into my ancient recipe box. These are great gift ideas for family members, too.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Marcy,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

      I hope you have a chance to create a cookbook for yourself and also some to give as gifts. The book is an especially thoughtful homemade gift.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you for a great hub! I love this idea.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Stephanie (StephSev108),

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Please stop by again after you've created some cookbooks.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, wow--I had that very cookbook you pictured, when I was a kid! What memories. (Some of the recipes inside were definitely 'weird.' LOL)

      I'm currently working on a double-project; copying favorite recipes into a binder I purchased as a "blank cookbook." It came with pre-formatted pates, dividers, equivalents and substitutions on the inner covers, but it is up to me to hand-copy the recipes. It's a bit of a slow process, as it isn't computer-compatible, but I don't mind. There's something nostalgic about a hand-written recipe.

      The other project is my work on an e-book cookbook. That has yet to be started, as I'm still studying the formatting protocols.

      Voted up, interesting and useful....Shared and pinned.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Liz (DzyMsLizzy),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing and pinning my Hub.

      It's nice to share recipes. It's too bad the cookbook binder you purchased isn't computer-compatible. If it were, you could make multiple copies of the contents for cookbooks to give as gifts. Good luck with your e-book cookbook project.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      A great idea, Daisy, which is cost friendly as well. Shared.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Michelle (midget38),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

      I was assigned this Hub title during the first month in the first (beta test) group in the HP Apprenticeship Program. I had to come up with an idea of what to write rather quickly. I'm glad so many people have found this Hub to be useful.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a fabulous idea that can even be expanded to social, church, fundraising groups...thank you, Daisy! This is a keeper and a timely read for today.

      Voted UP and UABI. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Maria (marcoujor),

      Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for your Thanksgiving greetings.

      This cookbook can easily be revised, which is a nice feature. I like the idea of handing the book down from one generation to the next. Everyone attending a bridal shower can contribute a recipe for the cookbook, creating a beautiful gift for the bride.

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      Prithima Sharma 3 years ago from Delhi, India

      oh, wat a great hub, i'll surely make like this....

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Prithima,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

      Please post another comment after you have created your cookbook. I would love to hear how it turned out.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Fantastic idea. I have often wondered how to get a homemade cookbook to sit flat when using it and at the moment I have a cookbook which doesn't! Voted up.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Suzanne,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I'm glad you like my cookbook idea.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      This is a terrific gift idea, especially for my kids who are always asking me for my recipes. I saw an old Betty Crocker book awhile back and it was mostly text and colorless. Still, the recipes are wonderful. Great post!

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      Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dianna (teaches12345),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I have read a number of your recipe Hubs, so I can certainly understand why your kids and other family members would ask you for your recipes.

      My mother had an old Betty Crocker recipe book. I think she must have used the recipes in the book until the book disintegrated.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A lovely idea. I just came across this hub while shared. A very creative idea. Hope you are well?

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      Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Devika (DDE),

      It's nice to "see" you again. I am well. Thank you for asking.

      I appreciate your reading my article and posting your comment. This Hub has proved to be more popular than I thought it would be. Many people have recipes on little bits of paper, recipes which need to be organized.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 16 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This is a great idea and you have explained it in a very impressive manner.

      I have already made a recipe book for my daughter and I was inspired by my mother to do this.

      Enjoyed going through your well presented hub! Thank you.

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      Daisy Mariposa 16 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Chitrangada,

      Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. How wonderful that you created a book for your daughter!

      When I did the research for this Hub, I discovered there were a number of software tools one could use for creating a cookbook. I prefer using a program such as Word and creating the book on more personal level.

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