Making a cookbook is a dream for any food blogger. Even I have the same dream and I am halfway with my cookbook project. I had to stop it for a few months as these days I am really busy with taking care of my baby son. I really cannot concentrate to such a project while balancing the work of family and even while updating this blog regularly. Anyway, if you remember, recently I shared a post about how to convert the blog posts into a customized ebook. It is really easy and good way to keep the family recipes in a book to pass from generation to generation. I remember few years ago I had the habit of collecting recipes from newspapers and magazines. Still I have recipe books I created by pasting those recipes in a book. It was really interesting and those memories are really treasurable.
But, nowadays it is easy to find recipes and even more easy to organize them into a book. With sites like Blurb, it is easy to make professional quality, long lasting keepsakes that will be treasured for generations to come.
I thought of sharing how to make a cookbook with Blurb as it will be helpful for both readers and bloggers of Food Corner to keep the recipe collection in a book.
Did you ever think of putting the favorite recipes into a beautiful book which you can give as a gift or pass down the generations? Here is how to do it with Blurb.
Blurb is a company that allows anyone create beautiful books from their favorite content, and get those books shipped in any quantity .They allows to order even just one copy.It is really easy to use Blurb’s free BookSmart software to create a great cookbook.
As of any other project, start your cookbook with a prepared plan and a schedule. Below steps might be helpful if you think of creating a cookbook. Make the most of your time by dividing each step into chunks so you can tackle them at different points in your book-making process.
Here is how to do:
Gather all your recipes into one place. Then do a process of elimination until you narrow down the collection. Once you’ve narrowed your favorites down, then start gathering accompanying images.
Tip: Just make sure you’re giving the recipe and image files the same name to make it easier when it’s time to upload. Keep everything in one folder on the computer.
Now you already selected the recipes and images. It is time to decide how to flow it. That is, determine how you want your cookbook story to flow. Just decide how do you want your cook book to appear.Do you want to sort your recipes by age, popularity, or even something else? Once you’ve determined the order of recipes, you’ll have done the most of your creative decision-making.
Get the tool:
Now it is time to create the cookbook.
Download the Blurb free book-making tool, BookSmart.
Choose your book size (Standard Portrait and Standard Landscape are the most popular for cookbooks),
Input your title and author name. After that choose “Cookbook” as your starting point. This will give you the best layouts for the job.
Then pick a source for your images.It can be from iPhoto, computer or even Flickr or Picasa.
Lastly, choose a theme. Now you’re ready to put together your cookbook.
Lay it out:
This is where the real book-making comes in. However it is easy to follow the instruction till the project is completed. BookSmart will provide you with 20 pages in their standard recipe layout, but you’ll find plenty of alternate layouts in the “Choose page layout” panel on the upper left. You can also add additional pages including photo pages by clicking “Add Pages” in the top toolbar.
Just add copy:
The layouts provide space for stories, introductions, and those all-important ingredients and directions. Fill these details in your copy and you’re done!. Then garnish with photos.
Don’t forget to run BookSmart’s spell check feature.
Preview and review:
Click “Review book” and go through page by page. Do this part carefully. Correct any mistakes before going to the next step.
Now the cookbook is ready to order.Make any last minute edits, click “Order,” and follow the prompts to checkout. Don’t forget to order extra copies for friends and family.Even you can sell it in Blurb Bookstore.
That’s it, you’re done!
Read more about creating a cookbook including Food Photography Tips
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