Isn’t it every baker’s dream to write and publish their recipe book one day? To, one day, finally, release your most-prized secrets and watch the world bring your recipes alive in their kitchens. Sounds fantastic, right? It can be true as well. Writing a recipe book can seem daunting at first, but all you have to do is start. And a good start would be to read this article because, by the time you’ve read through it, you’ll find yourself equipped with the very basics of writing your recipe book, along with some tips and tricks that are going to go a long way in helping you in this fantastic journey. Remember, there are no right and wrong ways to write a book, but just some pointers to keep in mind that will encourage you in successfully executing this project. So, go on ahead, grab a notebook and pen to take notes, eliminate all distractions, and let’s get started.
1.Identify Your Audience
As with any other book, a recipe book, too, requires one to know its audience, i.e., for whom the book is intended. Identifying the reader you’re writing your recipe book for is the first step towards an organized and clear writing process. For instance, ask yourself – How young is my reader? What kind of food do they like? Are they cooking experts or newbies to the world of baking and cooking? Would they wish to try their hand at simple recipes or more advanced ones? Once you have the answers to these questions, the next steps get a lot easier. You now know the reader of your book and find yourself prepped to write relevant recipes that they’re going to love!
2. Find Your Niche
Once you know your reader, it’s time to find out your niche. Your niche is that extra unique feature that separates you from other recipe book authors. It may sound pressurizing, but worry not! One of the ways to identifying your niche is to listen closely to feedback from family and friends. What is it that they love about your dishes? Perhaps there is a unique taste and style that you have. Visit the recipe book aisle in a bookstore and think about which books you usually reach out for and why? Read up online on successful cookbooks and what makes them different. A bit of research at this stage would be amply helpful in writing a good recipe book!
3. Organize Your Recipes
Now that you’ve identified your reader and niche, you also most likely have some idea of which recipes you will be adding to your book. The next step is to organize these. Yes, merely collating your recipes and adding them one after the other may sound convenient but it won’t be appealing to your reader. Try to identify if you can group your recipes in any way. Maybe you could group them by difficulty levels, or by ingredients, or even based on cuisines? Grouping recipes is vital as it results in an organized index: one that flows well, allowing your reader to skim through it easily and quickly choose which recipe they will be opting for.
4. Engaging Recipe Titles And Content
How you word your recipe titles is significant. A recipe title should be descriptive enough for the reader to know at a glance what the dish is, but at the same time also arouse interest and pique curiosity for someone to read the recipe and give it a shot! Your recipe content must also be engaging and reflect your tone and voice with the help of sidenotes. Sidenotes or footnotes can be great at helping you strike a chord with the reader by disclosing fun tidbits on ingredients, an additional tip, your personal experience with the recipe, recipe history, etc.
5. Test It All Out
Yes, these recipes are yours. Yes, you have probably cooked these a hundred times earlier. But do you still need to test out your recipes? A big YES. And the challenge? Cook it like you’re the reader and not the author. Pretend you don’t know how to cook any of your dishes and follow each recipe religiously word-to-word as your reader would. This helps you identify any gaps in the recipe; little things that you usually do but forget to make a note of. For instance, adding salt or pepper, defrosting an ingredient at a particular time, etc. Testing your recipes also allows you to verify if your measurements and instructions are correct to the T. It is also advisable that you read it all over again for typos and errors, if any. After all, a small mistake of writing the number 3 instead of 1 in a recipe book can lead to terrible consequences.
The last stage when you witness your recipe book starting to come together is the photography and layout stage. Aesthetics play an essential role with food, and naturally, recipe books are no exception. Professionally clicked, high-quality photographs of your dishes can make your recipe book go from an 8 to 10 very quickly on the sellability scale. Moreover, it is also advisable to hire a professional book layout designer who can design your recipe book in the most visually appealing way. Right from the book’s cover photo to the glossary and the recipe notes, the correct design and layout will play a large role in your book’s final look and feel.
We are sure you are excited to take on this challenge and bring your very first recipe book to life. The process may get overwhelming and stressful, but don’t be discouraged because the result is undoubtedly worth all of it. So, go on and share your finest cooking secrets with the world. Happy baking and writing, future author!