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Family Cookbooks Make Great Holiday Gifts


I know it is early September.  I know it is still summer.  I know it is hot outside.  But the kids are back in school, and before you know it, we will be in the holiday season.  Time to consider a great family gift - a family cookbook.  Now is the perfect time to get started.   To many people making a cookbook seems like an insurmountable task.  Here are some thoughts on getting started.

With the Cook’s Palate software you can enter recipes without regard to where they will end up in the finished cookbook.  To get a feel for the scope of the project, you can estimate that it will take 10-15 minutes to enter each recipe.  So if you have about 200 recipes, it will take about 50 total hours to get the recipes entered.  To see how long it will take, divide the number of recipes by four and to estimate the recipe entry time.  When the recipes are entered,  it takes just a few minutes to organize the cookbook.  Just enter the name of your first chapter and select all of the recipes for that chapter.  The Cooks Palate organizes and alphabetizes the chapter automatically.  Repeat for each chapter.

Once the recipes are entered and organized in chapters, you can move on to the Publisher software to prepare a manuscript suitable for printing.  In the Publisher set-up section, simply choose things like the size, binding type, cover, and the basic fonts and layout for the recipes in the cookbook.  Select from 15 professionally designed page templates to insert pages such as chapter pages, a table of contents, a forward section or an order page.  These pages are inserted in the book and can be edited to customize your book.  The Publisher even creates an index that cross references recipes by main ingredient or meal type or any other key word you choose.

With the book content complete, now you can do the fun stuff.  To add pictures of recipes or decorative artwork, just click your curser where you want the picture to be inserted.  You can then move it, or re-size it.  To edit fonts, colors and styles you can make the change you want in one recipe and, if you like, apply the change to all recipes automatically.  

When you have formatted the manuscript he way you want it, you can upload the file to us for printing.  Depending on the type of book, printing can take from 10 days to about 3 weeks.  If you are planning on creating a holiday cookbook, you should submit your manuscript before Thanksgiving to meet your deadline.