How to Write a Cookbook
If youíre like a lot of homemakers, you probably have a file or drawer full of cookbook
recipes collected from family members and friends over the years. Youíve likely tried most
of them and know which ones you like best. Theyíre probably the ones you find at the front
of the file or top of the pile in your drawer.
Have you ever considered taking all of those great recipes and putting them into a
book? If not, maybe you should. You just might have a goldmine sitting right there and
donít even realize it. Maybe Aunt Millie gave you an unusual but sensational recipe for
strudel or your mother parted with her secret recipe for spicy homemade chili. Maybe
youíve also done a little experimenting in the kitchen yourself and cooked up some tasty meals.
The wonderful thing about recipes is that there is no copyright, so you wonít have to
worry about whether someone else discovered the same secrets. What you will have to do,
however, is decide on an overall theme for your cookbook. Would it be geared toward big
families, singles, diabetics, organic eaters, etc.? Once you determine your theme, it will
be easier to realize your target market. Although this may not seem important in the
beginning, it becomes vital later on when you need to market the cookbook to a particular
Once youíve decided which recipes you plan to include (there should be 250-500) in your
cookbook, think about how your cookbook will look inside. How many chapters will it have
and which recipes will go into each chapter? The best cookbooks on the market are the ones
that offer well laid out recipes that are easy to follow. Make sure your instructions
(like chop, dice or mince) are easily understandable, and all measurements and baking
times are accurate. A trick to making a cookbook more interesting is to include some
snappy quotes or jokes, or even better - a few of your own comical experiences in the
kitchen. You might also want to include such nutritional information as how many calories
are in a typical serving.
Next, you need to consider pictures. Most people are very visual and just looking at
certain foods make them want to eat it. With the advent of digital cameras, this should be
pretty easy. Make the dishes you want to feature, prepare them artfully on a plate and
take some pictures. If youíre not sure how to do this successfully do some research by
looking at recipe books at the library or bookstore. Bear in mind that you will also need
either a photo or graphic for the cover. You might want to consider having a professional
photographer do this for you.
Once you have your cookbook ready for printing, you should have a professional editor
review it to ensure there are no errors. You will then need to find a suitable publisher
or have it done by a printer in your area. If you choose the latter, you might be able to
find a local community group that might be willing to help you pay the printing costs in
exchange for some copies they could sell for profit.
Once arrangements are made donít think your work is done. You will still have to come
up with a suitable price, and a solid marketing and advertising plan. This part of the
process is vital to the success of your cookbook.
Martha Jette is a former newspaper and magazine editor, now author of five published
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