If you are like many cooks you probably have recipes scattered all over your kitchen. From carefully written recipes on index cards to hastily scribbled cooking instructions on scraps of paper, chances are your kitchen workspace is filled with various recipes.
Things You’ll Need
- Word processing software
- Image files
- Stapler or binder
1) Input the Recipes
Gather your recipes together
You can choose to use only your recipes, or you can make the cookbook a family project by asking every member of the family to contribute one or two of their favorite recipes.
Sort the recipes into categories like main dishes, appetizers, and desserts. You can sort the recipes further into categories like vegetarian entrees, beef dishes, fish dishes, and more. You can sort the desserts section into cakes, pies, and frozen desserts.
Many people prefer to have recipes that are categorized by course. Popular categories for this method include appetizers, main courses, casseroles, side dishes, and desserts. This helps the user to find the kind of food he is looking for based on what part of the meal he is trying to make.
Some people prefer to have their recipes sorted by ingredients. This can allow you to find a recipe to make with the ingredients that you already might have in your home. Possible categories for this method include beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and chocolate.
By The Time Of Day
Sometimes you would prefer to be able to find meals that are better for a certain time of day. For this method, you easily can categorize your recipes using categories such as breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, and dessert.
Open Your Favorite Publishing Or Word Processing Program
If you have Microsoft Publisher installed on your computer you can use it to layout the pages. Otherwise, word processing programs like Microsoft Word and the free Open Office provide easy-to-use templates you can use to layout each recipe on its page.
Type up each recipe, proofreading each one thoroughly before moving on to the next. Use the formatting options in your word processing or publishing programs to dress up each recipe and make it look its best. You can ask your relatives to help me write my paper and choose all additional materials. For example, you may also want to add clip art, pictures, and other elements to make each page of the cookbook look great.
Save the finished cookbook to your hard drive or portable storage device. Then make sure your printer has fresh ink installed and start to send each page to the printer. Carefully inspect each page as it exits the printer to make sure the recipe is correct and that the printed version looks as good as you expected.
2) Put it All Together
Gather the pages you have printed, then design an attractive full-color cover using your favorite software program. You may want to include clip art, family photos, or other special touches. It is a good idea to use heavier-weight paper for the front and back covers to make the book more durable.
Decide What You Want To Do With The Finished Product
After the cookbook has been assembled you can simply staple it together, or you can spiral bind it at an office supply store or your local Kinko’s or UPS Store.
Give Your Custom Made Cookbooks To Your Family Members And Friends
Family cookbooks make a thoughtful and practical gift for the holidays or anytime, and these special gifts are a great way to preserve your family history and those one-of-a-kind recipes.
Tips & Warnings
- You can also publish and print your cookbook at Scribd.com and other online publishers.