How to create the family cookbook: top five resources for printing your book

Once you have written your family cookbook (and if you need help with this, see yesterday’s post), you need to print it. Here are a range of options in a variety of styles and prices.

And let me know when you have a book: I’d dearly love to see a copy!

1. Cookbook publishers
Prices range from $5 closer to $500, and sizes from 20 pages to 400+ pages. Here are four to consider:

  • Bookemon – Easy to navigate with a good selection of options (fonts, colors, etc.)
  • Blurb – Not quite as easy to use as Bookemon, but it does offer a lot of creative options (borders, fonts, etc.).
  • Create My Cookbook – Simple to use, but very basic options, only.
  • TasteBook – Not many options, but can include recipes from sites such as Epicurious.

2. Print-on-demand
Such as: CreateSpace

Cost is borne by the purchaser which makes it more economical if you have a large family. It is also easier if your family is overseas (no need to ship to them), but the process is more complicated than with cookbook printers. However, you can sell your book on Amazon and other sites, making this a good source for pocket money!

3. DIY
Two options, here.

First, you can get binders and dividers at stationary stores, office supply stores, and art supply stores. Then you simply create and print your pages. If you need a lot of books, it can be a lot of work to put together, but it can be inexpensive (depending, of course, on the supplies you purchase) and it is the most flexible of options (you can have recipes, of course, but also everything from scanned old letters and documents to stickers and even glitter). 

Second, you can letterpress your cookbook.

The best way to do this is to take a workshop and learn letterpress. Making your cookbooks will be a lot of work, take a lot of time and be expensive, but this will be incredibly beautiful and will be ideal as a family keepsake.

4. ebooks
Such as Amazon Kindle and Apple iTunes.

It can be time-consuming to do, and you need to be technically comfortable (and, ideally, savvy), but you can sell your books and make some money back.

5. Use your imagination
Who says you need a traditional print, or digital, book? Instead of a book, you could use everything from index cards to printed balloons (admitedly, only good for a limited number of recipes) to a website or even a video (which can be very helpful for the novice cook).

Of all the less traditional options, my favorite is having recipes printed on tea towels (one place to do this: www.spoonflower.com).