If you love the kitchen and cooking meals at home, the internet is a great way to share all of your favorite recipes. There are many ways to show off your recipes on the web, such as by blogging about the recipes. Another way is to create PDFs that can be printed in the format and design that you have made. Here’s how.
- Outline. Start by creating an outline for the cookbook. Just because it is a cookbook doesn’t mean you don’t need to create a draft first. The skeleton for your online cookbook is the outline, which should contain the types of food that you will cook and the various sections in the cookbook. For example, you will need to create a cover page, an introductory page, a table of contents page. You will also need to create sections or chapters for various types of food. You can thematically organize the chapters according to the type of ingredients used or the type of food. For example, you can have a chapter on chicken recipes and another on pork recipes. On the other hand, you can have a cookbook that is arranged by the type of food, such as appetizers, soups, main dishes, and desserts.
- Research. Next, do some research. This is especially important if you are only compiling a recipe book, in which case you will need to select the best recipes from various sources. Make sure, however, that you will add citations for all the recipes that you use. If you are using recipes that you have created or mastered yourself, you should make sure that you have the appropriate ingredient measurements and proportions. You should also include a detailed instruction on the procedures for preparing the dishes, such as how each ingredient should be prepared, how the ingredients should be added, and what signs the cook should look for to check if the meal is cooking properly.
- Design. Next, you will need to make the actual printable cookbook. Do this by choosing a format that is easy to print. Usually, most home printers use letter sized paper. This should be the size of the cookbook that you will make. If you have a word processor, you can simply insert headers and footers and pictures to decorate the cookbook. If you are aiming for a more professional cookbook, on the other hand, you will need to use better design and lay outing applications such as Adobe InDesign. You can also use Microsoft Publisher, which will provide you with more options than Microsoft Word, but which is less complex than Adobe InDesign.
- Uploading. Finally, save the file as a PDF. Most word processors and design applications will have plug-ins for converting files to PDF. Otherwise, simply install Acrobat into your computer so that you will get an Adobe Printer that will “print” the file as a PDF. Once the PDF is created, you can upload this on your website so that others will be able to access your content.
Creating your own printable online cookbook is a great way to show off your recipes or get people to know the dishes that you like best. These steps should help you make your own.