Creating your own recipe book can be a genuinely satisfying venture, though it’s important to have a plan of attack to avoid making a mess of the endeavor. We all have hundreds, maybe even thousands of our favorite recipes rattling around in our heads, so why not commit them to paper and perhaps one day share your secrets with others?
Here’s a quick overview of the five simple steps that should be followed when making your own recipe book:
Create a Recipe List
First of all, you’ll need to create a list of your favorite recipes and decide which of these you actually want to commit to your book. Once you’ve come up with your list, you’ll undoubtedly decide there are some you don’t like, some you can’t remember and some so simple there’s really no need to write them down. Once you’ve narrowed it down to your very best recipes, you’re ready to go.
Next up, you’ll need to categorize your recipes in accordance with the type of food each represents. It could be soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, salads, pasta, rice, international or really anything else across the board. You don’t need to have too many categories unless you have hundreds of recipes to write down and catalogue. And in all cases, it’s always best to group specific meal courses with each other for easy retrieval.
Choose a Category Order
Before getting to business physically putting your recipe book together, decide on the order you’d like the categories to go in. This should be pretty easy as the general rule of thumb is to start with soups and appetizers, then most onto main courses, follow this with sides, then desserts, drinks and anything else. This isn’t a rule that must necessarily be followed, but does make a cookbook flow better.
Write Contents Page
Once you’ve decided on the exact order you want your recipes in, the time comes to write out your contents page. It’s up to you whether or not you want to list every individual recipe and its exact page number, but you should at least make sure that enough key pages are listed to help you find anything you need in an instant.
Leave Additional Pages for Notes/New Recipes
Last but not least, be sure to leave plenty of space at the back of the recipe book assuming you’re not planning to sell it to add notes, corrections and new recipes to add next time around. Inspiration might strike at any time, so make sure you’ve got a place to write it down.