Organizing a Cookbook

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated February 9, 2021)

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different cookbooks out on the market? How about how those cookbooks were made? Surprisingly, organizing a cookbook can be a fairly easy thing to do, though it is also a little time intensive. If you are interested in organizing a cookbook for your family and friends, or even just putting one together for yourself, here's how you do it.

  • Collect. You start off organizing a cookbook by collecting recipes. After all, the recipes are going to be the heart of your cookbook. Ask your family and friends for their favorite recipes. If you come across any recipes that you particularly like, then be sure that you hold on to them. Place all of these recipes in a single location, so that you can begin organizing them later on.
  • Preserve. Whether you have any recipes that have been handed down from your grandmother, or you simply like the latest thing you saw on TV, you need to preserve it. There are several ways that you can do this. One method is to actually laminate the individual recipe cards, so that they don't get ruined later on. Another great method is to transcribe the recipes onto a digital format, or to scan it into your computer.
  • Separate. Once you have chosen a method for preserving your recipes, it is time to begin separating them. The traditional method for separating recipes in a cookbook is to do so by dish. This means that you would separate all the beef recipes from the poultry, and both of those form the soups and stews. However, there are any number of other methods that you can use as well. The key thing to keep in mind is that the method you choose needs to make sense to you.
  • Arrange. Once your recipes separated, it is time to begin arranging them. Once again, choose a method that makes sense to you, and begin to implement it.
  • Share. After you have arranged your recipes, it is time to begin sharing them. This is particularly easy to do if you used the digital method described earlier. Simply print out a copy of your now organized cookbook, and give it to your friends and family. If you don't really want to print it out, you can also send them, or give them, a digital copy.
  • Maintain. Finally, now that you have your initial cookbook organized, you will need to maintain it. If you don't maintain the cookbook, by adding new recipes following the organizational method you used earlier, then you will soon have a colossal mess again. It is much easier to maintain the book, than to do all the organizing again.

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Lee Wyatt

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