To all home cooks and chefs, creating a cookbook just became a whole lot easier with Mimeo Photos. It’s time to show the world just how delicious your recipes are by creating a one of a kind cookbook filled with opportunities to add your own personal touch.
Read on to learn about the cookbook essentials and how Mimeo Photos can take your version to the next level.
Define Your Concept
Before getting right into the Mimeo Photos app to create your masterpiece, think about a theme or trend you’d like to follow.
Whether it’s a cookbook on vegetarian meals, your breakfast favorites, or traditional holiday meals, figuring out the direction you would like to go in will help make the creation process seamless.
Improving Your Food Photography
One of the most exciting and intriguing parts of a cookbook is the imagery. The cover especially brings in readers to anticipate what delicious eats are to come.
It’s important to take as many pictures as you can while testing and presenting your recipes.
Once you have decided on a concept, take as many photos of the dish as possible and be sure to test your recipes. By going through some trial and error, you will ensure you’re pleased with what goes in the book before it goes off to print.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to have a professional camera or tripod to take appetizing shots of your food. Use these best practices when shooting on your iPhone:
- Find your best angle for your subject (dishes, raw produce, drinks, and desserts are all very different)
- Opt for a neutral, nondistracting background
- Create balance within the frame by adding space and an appropriate amount of decoration around your dish
- Adjust the camera exposure by tapping to set the focus and then sliding up and down the screen with your finger
- Enhance your image with preset editing tools or with a photo editing app
DIY Cookbook Layouts & Design
Choosing the right book size depends on how many photos and recipes you plan to include. You might consider a larger or longer book size for longer recipes with larger ability to add more photos.
If you plan your recipes and take your shots beforehand you can better understand the layout and design you’d like to go with. For example, a square book will be easy to highlight your portrait or narrow shots. Alternatively, you can always resize photos or reset layouts within a landscape book for portrait shots.
In sticking with a theme or trend, some to consider:
- Monochrome color palette
- Backgrounds that create contrast with the food color
- Adding human touch with the use of hands or cooking shots
- Using text to add the context of memories when a dish was served
But with creative freedom, it’s important to avoid cluttering your pages with an overwhelming amount of text or images. A cookbook generally needs to be clear and made to easily follow a recipe.
If your recipe is too long or you have many images you’d like to feature for a certain dish, consider breaking it up into a few pages. Be sure to take advantage of Mimeo Photos layout tools to keep your cookbook organized.
As you draft and experiment with different items, there are certain elements to consider including. Cookbooks contents generally include:
- Table of contents
- Author’s note
- Recipe pages
- Glossary or index
When structuring your recipe pages, it’s best to follow the typical elements needed to complete a dish. A standard recipe layout includes:
- Name of the recipe
- Serving size
- Step by step instructions
- Prep time
- Cook time
- Necessary equipment
Using your best judgment, decide how to split up recipes by featuring them on a single page or entire spread.
Remember, there are so many different ways to approach customizing a do it yourself cookbook and many decisions that need to be made. For example, how will you organize each dish?
Some simple ways to organize your cookbook are by:
- Meal type (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert)
- Seasonal dishes
- Holiday favorites
- Dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free)
The final step of any cookbook? Before you dig in, be sure to proof the grammar and spelling.