What Is a Cookbook?
A cookbook is a book that contains various recipes. It shows the steps and ingredients to make particular meals. You can find recipes for kids and for family. It can be recipe cards for dessert, pastry, or simple homemade dishes. Even for healthy living people or vegans, there are recipes for them too.
How to Make a Cookbook
Making a cookbook is just the same as publishing a storybook. You still need to consider a lot of things in the process of your making to make it a good book. Unlike the storybooks, you don't need to narrate a story but instead, you need to inform how a certain dish should be prepared. The following steps below will guide you on how to make your own printable cookbook.
1. The Purpose
Before you start outlining and writing the content of your cookbook, you need to answer the what, why, and who of your book first. What? What type of cookbook you are planning to make? It can be a comprehensive, single-subject, restaurant-based, chef-based, or a memoir-hybrid cookbook. Why are you making a cookbook? You should know the reason for making a cookbook so that you will have the main purpose, then after you are done deciding, you can answer the who. Who is your audience? You need to have a targeted audience so that you will be able to compose the right tone in your cookbook.
2. The Content
Since you are done identifying the purpose of your sample cookbook, then you can now start writing the content or the recipes. Write there the recipe name, the ingredients, the steps and tips in making the specific food. Always think the what, why, and who in your writing for uniformity of content.
3. The Layout
Your cookbook should not only contain the recipes, but you also need to have a layout to make it more interesting. Make your cookbook have a good flow, concept, and outline. You can add a table of contents, main introduction, and description of each recipe. The other sections you are going to include will depend on the type of cookbook you are making.
4. The Design
As they have said, we eat with our eyes first. For books, readers judge a book by its cover. Create first the cover design of your cookbook. Do not forget that its the book cover that the readers will first notice. You need to have an eye-catching cover design so that with just one glance, it can already attract the interest of your readers. Next will be the images on the content of your cookbook. A book that is plain text only can be boring. Choose the right images that will be placed in the random pages of your recipe book. To make it more realistic, you can use images that were taken from the recipes that you made.
5. The Book
Your book is now ready for printing and publishing. But before that, be sure that you proofread everything to save you from printing again if there are some errors that you have made accidentally. Since it is a book with a lot of pages, it will be better if you find professional printing businesses and let them do the printing.