How to make an online cookbook with handwritten recipes.

Convert handwritten recipes to store-able, share-able digital recipes.

It’s easy to amass a collection of recipes over the years: Your mom’s casserole recipe, scrawled on a notecard. A recipe you saw on TV, jotted down on a piece of paper. A cookbook recipe with handwritten notes and suggestions as you fine-tune the tastes for yourself. There’s nothing wrong with variety, but it can become burdensome when you want to share a recipe with someone who can’t read the handwriting, or you’re trying to find a recipe that may have gotten lost in the paper shuffle.

Learn how to use simple software to get all your recipes in easy-to-organize digital PDFs for an online cookbook you can share and reference anytime, anywhere.

Take advantage of optical character recognition software.

Also known as OCR, this type of software can format and transcribe scanned, handwritten documents into easy-to-read and easy-to-edit image files. Learn how to use it to build an online cookbook.

  1. Sort your files. Collate all of your recipes. At this part of the process, it might help to organize in the sequence you’d actually want them laid out in your cookbook. The earlier you can line up your vision, the easier it’ll be to assemble later once you have your digital files.
  2. Scan your documents with Adobe Scan. Think of this product like a digital copy machine that you can use right from your phone. The software will analyze the images with OCR technology and instantly format and transcribe them in the same format as your original file.
  3. Convert and combine. Turn your image files into PDFs and combine them into one large document. With your recipes already organized, combining their digitally transcribed cousins should be a breeze.

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