The hardest part of making a cookbook is figuring out how to get started. There are two major issues. First, how to get your recipes electronically entered in a useful way, and second, how to turn those recipes into a finished manuscript, suitable for printing. The two programs that comprise the Cook's Palate Publishing System, the Cook’s Palate and the Publisher, work together to solve these problems.
The Cook’s Palate allows you to enter recipes in any fashion. The database makes sure that all recipes are in a unified format. The software scales the recipes to the correct serving size and analyzes the nutrition. When all of the recipes are entered, you just select the recipe lineup you want for each chapter. The Cook’s Palate orders them in the chapter and alphabetizes them to create your cookbook.
Once the recipes are configured in chapters, it is time to import them into the Publisher. When you open your newly created cookbook in the Publisher, a “wizard” guides you through the process of creating a finished manuscript. The wizard asks you things like what size is your book, what binding do you prefer, are you going to sell your cookbook in bookstores, etc. You can also choose from a selection of template pages to insert pages such as a forward, acknowledgement, or introduction. There are a total of 15 template pages to choose from. It also creates a cross-referenced index. When you have finished with the wizard you have a complete manuscript ready for editing.
The Publisher’s powerful editing tools allow you to make global edits to the recipes. If you don’t like the font, or the size of the font, or even the color for any section, you can make the change in one recipe and the Publisher will change it in all of the recipes. You can insert pictures, photos and drawings anywhere in the manuscript.
If you want to write a story as part of your cookbook, you just insert a page break, which gives you a blank page and type away.
See how easy it is to get your first cookbook in print with The Cook's Palate Publishing system.