Why recipe books are important.
How to make a recipe book.
From a Thanksgiving feast to mom’s unique PB&J embellishments, many fond family rituals revolve around cooking and sharing food. Saving your family’s best recipes has gotten easier since the days of Grandma’s faded recipe cards. Whether you’re a food blogger or just need to keep track of which recipes every family member likes, digital apps and downloadable templates make it easy to create a DIY cookbook.
You can bring together family-favorite recipes and organize them by meal (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, or desserts). You can add a section for seasonal recipes like Grandma’s peppermint bark or your mom’s summertime hibiscus lemonade.
2. Digitize your paper documents.
Scanning your old recipes helps to preserve them for the long term, and it also makes it much easier to organize and edit them for your own recipe book.
With Adobe Scan, you can quickly digitize paper documents and turn them into high-quality PDFs. And thanks to optical character recognition (OCR), you can easily extract and search the text of each recipe to tweak typos or find which specific ingredients you’ll need to get at the store. OCR even recognizes fonts and formatting, so your scanned PDF will match the style of the original document.
4. Add a little flavor.
When you create a cookbook for your family, you don’t have to settle for page after page of dry text and listed ingredients. Pictures of the meals can bring color and life to recipes and can help your cookbook to double as a photo book of fond family memories. You can use Adobe Acrobat to import, place, and resize images on the fly to fit your layout.
6. Add in your own style.
To personalize a recipe book even more, you can add a note if it is being dedicated to a specific friend or family member at the front of the book. Your recipe book can come in many different shapes and sizes. You can make it a hardcover or a softcover. It doesn’t even have to be a traditional book per se — you can compose the recipes in a folder or binder. Add your own photos or graphics to bring attention to your carefully crafted creations.
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