Cookbook: Printing and Publishing

Cook Book

Cookbooks are great ideas for talented cooks who would like to share their recipes with family, friends or sell their books commercially. Stacy E McGraw, a research paper helper, says that you can create your cookbook to be sold, or just as a way to preserve your family recipes for future generations to take pleasure in. Your cookbook can even include detailed photographs of your dishes for the reader to enjoy. Cookbooks also make excellent gift ideas.

Below, we’ll give you an outline to help start the publishing process.

Where to Start

If you haven’t written your cookbook yet, there are some things to think about before you even get started.

How Do I Produce the Cookbook Manuscript?

Most authors of cookbooks write their manuscripts on their home or business computers and use one of the more popular word processors like Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or even Works.

You should be aware that the content or text of your manuscript must be in one contiguous file. If all of your chapters are saved as individual files, they will all have to be cut and pasted into one main file before printing. It’s a good idea to make sure you have a backup of your files before you start modifying them in any way.

Selecting the software to write your manuscript can be confusing. To do the best job of a cookbook, it is essential to start with the right tools, just like you would start with the right ingredients to make a particular dish.

If you require complex book layout, we offer both custom and template layout out and design service for your book, if you need them.

Editing and Proofreading your Cookbook 

One of the first pre-printing tasks you will need to think about for your cookbook is having it edited. When it comes to recipes, you may even want someone who can visualize the recipes and confirm the ingredients are in line. After all, you don’t want your recipes to be wrong. We can’t stress highly enough how important it is to have your cookbook proofread before ANY printing is commenced.

Cookbook Size Layout

The paper your book will be printed on is available in specific sizes. With this in mind, it’s best to try and keep within more cost-effective formats. In many instances, your book may be sold in bookstores, which means there are specific book formats or book sizes that are preferred by bookstores (and expected by readers).

Most cookbooks are printed at either 5.5″ x 8.5″ or 6″ x9″ or 8.5″ x11″. If your cookbook is going to contain pictures and illustrations, an 8.5″ x11″ is the best choice. If this going to be mainly text, 5.5″ x 8.5″ or 6″ x9″ are better choices.

Cookbook Binding Types

There are two main ways novels can be put together or “bound”, and here they are with their pros and cons.

1) Spiral, Coil and Cerlox Binding: 25 to 250 pages: These kinds of bindings are by far the most used for cookbooks. Advantages, when opened they lay flat (for writing in, or just for referring back to like you would a cooking recipe), they are cost-effective to produce. In some instances, pages can be removed and replaced for updating purposes. Even though these books are classified as softcover books, they still wear very well because they lay flat. Disadvantages, there are no significant disadvantages when using these for cookbooks.

2) Saddleback: up to 48 pages: These are the least elegant bookbinding to produce. Saddleback books can cost less to make, but this also depends on larger quantities. In some instances, books that do not have enough pages for other binding types may need to be saddle bound. Disadvantages, the covers tend to wear more readily (although we recommend laminating, which will help prevent this); these books don’t lay flat for the reader.

Cookbook Cover

The cover of your cookbook is an essential element of your entire cookbook publishing project.

If the content of your book is right and you are confident that readers are purchasing a quality piece of work, then the cover should also represent a quality piece of work, and the content within the book.

The cover of the cookbook must be slightly larger than the actual book you are planning on printing. This is to allow for trimming of the final book to make nice clean lines on all three exposed book sides.

The front cover should have the title of the cookbook and the author’s name and when required, other text may be added to enhance the cover. The back cover could be left blank, a description of the book, or a paragraph about the author. Whatever goes on the back, we suggest it be something that is in aid of selling or promoting the book. Each book and each author will have different needs as to what is contained on the back cover and what type of market it is destined for.

Suppose you will be using any images or graphics on the cover that need to print with high quality. In that case, we recommend using a professional graphics program like Adobe Photoshop for best results.

We recommend colour covers, particularly for cookbooks, and we also recommend that the covers are laminated to help make them less vulnerable to daily wear-and-tear and use in kitchens.

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