Creating your own cook book
IF YOU consider yourself a budding MasterChef or just have too many recipes on-hand waiting on a rainy day, try creating a customised recipe book. Before starting your cookbook, think about what function it will have, as a keepsake or as a gift for family and friends. Your cookbook can be filled with family recipes you have been given, have collected from friends or torn out of magazines over the years. You can add photos and indulge in food styling, straight out of Donna Hay.
Let's look at these easy as pie ideas on how you can publish your own masterpiece.
Online publishing sites
These photobook creation websites feature the tools and templates for you to create your cookbook. Add recipes, photos, textured backgrounds and more to create a bound book. You may need to download a book creation software program. Costs start from $25 depending on the software. More details from websites like: Momento.com.au, Blurb.com, TheSecretIngredients.com or Shutterfly.com.
Purchase a binder or bound notebook with clear pockets and pages. This is the best format for a functional cookbook. You can gather recipes and place them in the clear pockets where they are protected from kitchen splatter. You can create more than one binder book depending on the frequency of use. You might prefer to have one for daily/weekly use, as opposed to your all time favourites.
Buy a scrapbook and you can handwrite the recipes on the page or glue them directly on the page. A keepsake scrapbook is less for kitchen use and more for keeping track of family history. You can use scrap booking materials, such as stamps, stickers, ribbons and papers to artistically show your family's cooking traditions.