Enjoy cooking and dream of turning your best recipes into a cookbook? You might need to learn how to do it in the right way. Today, I will share the recipe for creating and writing your cookbook like a pro. Excited? Come on then! Let’s get right to it!
There are hundreds of blogs you can see online, sharing amazing recipes with their readers. Don’t stress yourself out over stuff like “Who will buy my book?”, “I don’t know where to start,” etc. Remember, those people started somewhere as well.
It’s extremely important for you not to talk yourself down if you’re to begin the process of writing a cookbook. Comparing your work with that of others will only send you down some mind wrecking spirals. So, avoid doing that for your peace of mind and your cookbook.
Combining mouth-watering food photos with wonderful recipes is a creative process that requires good imagination and an original approach. It’s the starting part that will probably scare you off, but you can make your masterpiece once you get into it.
How To Write A Cookbook
Now that you’ve got your mind and heart all set for writing a cookbook let’s get onto the “how to write a cookbook like a pro” part.
1. Come Up With An Authentic Idea
Okay, I’m going to ask you a few moderately frustrating questions. What was that one thing which ignited the flame in you to write a cookbook? What idea do you have in mind, based upon which you will write your cookbook? Think long and hard about this. Take all the time you need.
The idea behind your cookbook can be considered one of the most important factors. It can be absolutely anything. Maybe you want the world to know about your amazing recipes, or maybe you want to become famous and rich; your initial idea must excite you.
Knowing the idea behind writing your cookbook will probably give you a good idea of who your target audience would be. Hence, it is crucial for you to have that clarity of mind and be absolutely certain about your idea for the whole cookbook. For example, if you are good at making pies, like baked banana pie, you can write a cookbook based on pies only.
2. Look For Your Niche
Now, this part of the whole process scares people the most. Finding a niche is not only important, but it is also something that building upon which can partially predict your cookbook’s success.
If your niche is “Mexican cuisine,” the chances are that there are already a thousand cookbooks already available for it. Maybe a Michelin-star chef has written one, and people will get more attracted to it. Now, don’t let that get to you. What matters is your specialty in your niche.
Putting your own twist on your chosen niche or introducing the recipes that you use, no matter how weird but absolutely delicious, is what can attract people.
3. Come Up With An Outline For Your Cookbook
So now that you have a clear idea about what your cookbook will be about, let’s move on to the next part; the outline. The outline of your cookbook is something that you can’t change without starting your cookbook all over again once you come up with it.
Make a list of contents you’re going to include in your cookbook. It might include the preface, an introduction of yourself, a short introduction to the book, a list of recipes, etc.
4. Do The Research
To write a cookbook is to know better than most people about what you’re writing. Now, basically, what you’re doing with your cookbook is providing people with the knowledge they need to cook the required dish. For them to get the results they want, your research should be thorough.
Read books, blogs, articles, etc., written on the same topic. Try the things yourself and see what you can do better. Including hacks and tips in your cookbook will attract a greater number of readers.
5. Writing Your Recipes
Chef Gusteau from Ratatouille had his motto, “Anyone can cook.” Well, my motto is “Anyone can write a cookbook” (only if you follow what I advise you to do *wink wink*).
No matter how much you love food and cooking or how much faith you have in your recipes, most people wouldn’t like to read a recipe written in a bland and boring way.
Keep the recipes to the point and write them in a way that doesn’t confuse the readers or make them go “what?” To keep your reader fully engaged and interested in your recipes, try writing them in an easy-to-read way.
Add fun elements, like catchphrases from popular shows, personal experiences, etc. Being a bit raw with what you write also works at times.
6. A Cookbook For The Stomach And The Eyes
If I asked you to think of a few things that attract you to food, the three most common answers would be the taste, the aroma, and the appearance. So, while writing your cookbook, make sure to include a couple of images.
Use your photographic skills to style your cookbook. The pictures will not only make your cookbook more appealing but also make it seem professional. If you are not a good photographer, find someone to take stunning photos of your dishes.
7. Don’t Quit Your Cookbook Midway
I can’t stress enough how important it is to be patient while writing a cookbook, or any book for that matter. Throughout the process of writing your cookbook, there will be times when you have to scratch a lot of things and sometimes even go back to square one.
Writing your cookbook requires a lot of effort and persistence. Even if it’s more difficult than you’ve expected, don’t get discouraged. Treat your book the same way you’d treat a child. Be patient. Give it your best.
Keep in mind how much you want it and keep on working. Remember, all that hard work will pay off in the end. The reward will be greater than the grind.
8. Collaborate With An Agent
It’s not necessary to have an agent, most publishers prioritize those proposals that an agent submits. Finding an agent isn’t hard because you just need to look at your favorite cookbooks, check their acknowledgments, and note the agent. After that, you can reach out to them.
Look for an agent who will help you send a proposal of your cookbook to the best publishers. Be sure of the reliability and credibility of the publishing house. Working with an agent is crucial for your success, as this collaboration will boost your chances of getting your book published.
Writing a cookbook totally depends on you and your creativity. Let the juices of your brain flow, and give it your all while writing the cookbook. Be creative, be fun! Remember, the process is all about loving what you’re doing and having fun with it.
Writing, publishing, and selling your cookbook may take more time than you expect. It is typically a long process involving many stages and needs your patience. If you love what you do, there is no chance of failing. Take a chance, work hard, and all will pay off in the end!