If you’re a great cook and are frequently getting complimented on your recipes, something you may have considered is writing and publishing your own cookbook. This can be a great way to make some extra money, embark on a new career, or even just something you can give as a meaningful gift to friends and family.
However, writing a cookbook is not as easy as it may sound and definitely requires some skill, focus, and determination. But if this is your goal, you can definitely make it happen! If you need a little help jumping in or at any other point during the process, here are 3 tips for writing your own cookbook.
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Decide How You Want The Finished Product To Look
If you are self-publishing, figuring out how you want to print your cookbook is one of the last but most crucial steps. There are many different ways the finished product can look, and you want it to end up exactly how you want it to. This means taking your time to consider all of your options and deciding carefully. One popular option is to have your cookbook spiral bound. There are many excellent companies that will do this or you, and the end result is sleek and professional looking.
Choose Recipes Carefully
As a home cook who enjoys preparing all kinds of different meals, you have probably cooked thousands of recipes in your lifetime. That doesn’t mean that every single one of them needs to end up in your cookbook though. A good place to start is 20-50 recipes, depending on how long you want your book to be, and how many personal stories you intend to include along with the recipes and photos.
Choose the best recipes – the ones that have stood out at dinner parties, and the things you make the most often. You should also include your most unique recipes – the ones that are not similar to anything else you have ever seen or tasted. This will make your cookbook stand out amongst all the others!
Take High-Quality Photos
Hiring a professional photographer or taking your own high-quality photos of your recipes for your cookbook is important. This way, not only will anyone reading the book have an idea of how the recipe should look during the process and once completed, but they will also be able to open the book whenever they are trying to decide what to make and will be inspired by the beautiful, mouth-watering photos inside.
Writing your own cookbook may be a bit of a challenge, but it will also be a lot of fun! Hopefully these tips can help and soon you will be able to hold your tangible cookbook in your own two hands!