For many, cooking is not just a necessary evil and a daily compulsory exercise, but a hobby and a passion. Over time, different recipes accumulate, some old family recipes, some of the chef’s favorite recipes, some recipes that the chef has discovered somewhere and some of his own recipes.
Some people then play with the idea of converting their recipe collection into a cookbook. It is not too difficult to write a cookbook, because unlike, say, a novel or poetic poetry, a cookbook does not focus on artistic expression.
Rather, it is about preparing and presenting the recipes in such a way that appealing instructions are provided with tips that enable readers to learn how to cook the recipes.
Nevertheless, the author must pay attention to some points, if he wants to write his own cookbook:
Write a guide to the cookbook
The first step in writing a cookbook is to find a framework for the cookbook. This means that the author should consider what the subject of his cookbook should be. For example, he can compile his favorite recipes or classic recipes, or enter into a particular kitchen in his book.
Preparation and ingredients
In addition, he can concentrate on specific ingredients, for example by writing a cookbook for the preparation of fish, pasta, vegetables or individual vegetables. Another option would be to restrict yourself to certain foods, such as soups, salads or desserts.
In addition, the author can write a cookbook, which is about recipes for specific audiences, such as cooking for children, for singles, for seniors or the sick, or the author can put together recipes for specific occasions or specific situations. If the concept for the cookbook is clear, the next step is to select suitable recipes, because in the rarest cases all existing recipes can be placed in a single cookbook.
If the concept is up and the recipes are selected, the actual writing begins. It makes sense to first create a recipe template and write all recipes based on this template. This automatically results in a consistent and harmonious overall picture.
A recipe template usually contains five elements.
These include the headline, which is the name of the court, and a picture, and these two elements are usually placed at the top. This is followed by the ingredient list, which lists which ingredients are needed in which quantities.
Instead of a list of ingredients, the author can also call this rubric a shopping list or something similar, but the author should not forget to indicate for how many portions the given quantities are intended. The fourth element of the recipe template is the manual, which shows step by step the order in which and in which form the ingredients are processed.
Here it is up to the author, whether he formulated his instructions as a continuous text or divided into individual points. However, it is important to write as clearly and precisely as possible. Technical terms should only be used by the author if they are well known or explained in a separate glossary, as otherwise novice cookers may find it difficult to understand the instructions.
The last element of the recipe template can be designed differently. For example, there may be tips on which variations are possible or which supplements will fit. In addition, you can find information on how to avoid minor tripping hazards. In some cookbooks you can also find information about the duration and the degree of difficulty or about the ingredients and the number of calories.
Now the cookbook lacks only minor details. These include, for example, a summary or a register as well as a foreword or a dedication.