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« on: July 17, 2009 02:38:12 AM »

 Grin Hi Ladies -
Sorry, this may be the wrong spot ..but here's the scoop!

I'm looking for ideas how to make a cookbook. I'm moving into my first apartment next week with my boyfriend of SIX YEARS =) we got some fave's of our mommie's cooking etc...I want to add color pictures. I'm hoping to use MS Word 2007 - and I'm good with computers...I just can't find inspiration for a cute layout/design...ideas anyone?Huh

Got any boyfriend -friendly recipes? he <3's pizza.

thx!
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009 01:54:06 PM »

Try checking out the cookbooks over at Chronicle Books (http://www.chroniclebooks.com/index/store,books/path,1-8/title,Food/). Their cookbooks always have great design and yummy pictures. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009 12:14:12 AM »

Hrm. Briefly from what I have bookmarked:
http://www.tastebook.com/
http://tastyplanner.com/

Some other random ones:
http://www.softplatz.com/freeware/recipe-storage/
http://www.mycookbook.com/
http://www.recipebox.com/

Not sure if that's what you're looking for, but it might help!
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009 11:50:35 AM »

For easier use in the future:

1) Learn how to make tables of contents using headings.
2) Learn how to make an index.
3) Go through all the recipes and make sure they all have the same format and edit the instructions so they read in the same voice.
4) If the recipes you collect provide nutrition information, be sure to include it.

This takes a lot of work, but makes going through your cookbook at a later date much easier.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2009 09:47:02 AM »

I know some people have done the pages as digital scrapbook pages, uploaded to someplace like Snapfish and then ordered a photobook.  Not sure how fancy you want to get with it...
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2009 12:18:32 PM »

I am in the process of putting a cookbook together myself.  I am putting my recipes on colored paper, inside a page protector, and then into a 3 ring binder.  I have everything grouped into categories like green veggies, appetizers, desserts; things like that.  It wasn't until I got over half way done that my niece suggested putting green veggies on green paper, orange veggies on orange paper, desserts on pink or purple, meat on brown, you get my drift.  I thought that was a good idea.  The idea almost made me start over.  If you have lots of hand written recipes and no picture, may I suggest that when you make that particular recipe, take a picture when you have it plated and use that in your cookbook.

Good luck and I hope you get some great ideas from this thread.
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2009 03:49:26 PM »

I love blurb booksmart, plus you can order additional copies= instant xmas gifts!!
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2009 07:22:35 AM »

My sister did cookbooks as gifts within our family a few years ago.  She interspersed family pictures with recipes she'd collected from people.  She did page protectors in a 3 ring binder, which I really like bc I'm a messy cooker.  I can just wipe the pages clean. 

You could also cover an "ugly" 3 ring binder with some fabric & make it really cute.  I did that for a swap once & did an iron on in the middle of the fabric with a graphic of the cookbook name.

I don't know how much that helps you with layout.  I love using Mastercook software bc it keeps all my recipes electronically & when I want to print them out, they're all formatted the same.  And it gives me nutritional information per serving.  Smiley 
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2009 08:59:16 PM »

I've been trying to find a place to print a cook book. I just want a place that will let me use family photos (scratch tastebook), allows orders of less than 10 and charges less than $20 per book. Blurb might fit the bill for that, so thanks!
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