Creating your own cookbook is a simple way to better organize and create an easy reference your recipes. Having all of your favorite recipes handy in a cookbook will ensure that you're not scrambling to find your grandma's oatmeal cookie recipe or that excellent pasta sauce you once made, the next time you have the motivation to cook. Here are some tips for creating your own cookbook.
The best way to begin organizing your recipes is to do so digitally. Even if you just plan to keep recipes in a running document on your computer, this will make them easier to locate. If you'd like to preserve handwritten recipes you can scan them, as well.
Gather recipes for your book based on what type of cookbook you would like to make. You can build a comprehensive book or one specific to something like traditional holiday dishes or healthy recipes. Also make sure to ask relatives for family recipes that you might not already have in your files. Be sure to give them a copy of the finished cookbook, as well. If you need to include some of your own original recipes, be sure to accurately record the measurements of ingredients and precise preparation steps. If you enjoy snapping photos of your finished dishes you can also add those to the pages of your book.
Once you have your recipes compiled, assembling your cookbook can be as simple as printing recipes and putting them into a three-ring binder. You will want to create your cookbook in a way that will allow you to easily add, remove, or update a recipe. Using plastic sheet protectors is a good way to keep cookbook pages from getting messy in the kitchen. You can also use online tools to help you build a cookbook much like you would a photo album for a professional looking finished product.