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Cookbook - Help Requested


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Jun 7, 2005
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Sacramento, California
I am going to be making a cookbook of my ex-MIL's recipes. She is 87 and has lost some of her hearing and her eyesight, but she is a great cook and everyone is always asking for her recipes. So I am working with her to make a cookbook for her to give as Christmas presents this year. Has anyone done something like this? I am hoping someone will have a format, maybe in Microsoft Word that will give me a place to start.




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Jun 6, 2005
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Kent, WA
I've been thinking of doing the same thing for our family recipes, so I'm also interested in any ideas.

I have Mastercook software, which will provide me with nutritional data. Mastercook also has a Publishing/Print option. But I think Microsoft Word would be easier.

Also, I've also been referred to this website for publishing/printing books:

Here you can publish a book with no setup fees and no minimum order. They just keep a percentage of any books printed. I also like the fact that you can make it available for download. Also other people can order your book from this site if you want to make it available to them. Of course, if you're giving them away as gifts, that's not important. But for me, I don't mind doing the work to put the recipe cookbook together, but if any of my family members want the book, I'm just going to refer them to Lulu and they can buy their own.


Oct 1, 2005
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Are you making a cookbook that will be used (as in, actually dragged into the kitchen and perhaps written in or :eek: spilled upon) or for reading purposes only? This will affect your choices of the type of binding and covering material to use.

Spiral binding lies flat, but when the pages tear, or the comb binding breaks, or the wire gets bent, the book looks bad, and even when you can rebind it, it doesn't look a whole lot better.

Using a binder format (3-hole) might be an option for you--you can remove pages when needed (in case you want to make a copy), and put them in the plastic protective sheets. You can get custom-made binders (although I have no idea how much they cost for small orders), or you can put an oilcloth cover on a regular binder. Or see what is available in zippered 3-ring organizer binders and see if they can be customized in some way.

One problem with regular paperbacks is that the spine quality isn't what it used to be--I think we've all been really annoyed when pages come flying out of the book we're reading when the spine decides to crack or the glue flakes off.... :mad:

If you haven't done this already, scan all the handwritten recipes and save them onto discs for all (unless you wish to include the scanned copies at the end of the book).

This will be a great family gift.
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