If you are looking to create your own recipe book, there are plenty of options available to you. You can do this manually by typing out each recipe yourself or you can opt for an interactive approach in which you can use an application to generate recipe content for you.
There are various tools available that can be used to create an interactive e-book that contains all of your favorite recipes. You can even upload your own images to the recipes and let the tool worry about the text for you.
This article will teach you the basics of creating an eBook using a recipe application called MealPlan.
The Need For An Interactive Tool
The first and most important step to creating an eBook is to determine if you want a fully-interactive or a more traditional approach.
An interactive tool like MealPlan allows for more creativity and control over the final result, as you can add in as much or as little text and pictures as you want. This is in contrast to a more traditional approach in which you would enter your recipes into a word processor and build the book manually. This could also mean that you would need to get someone else to help you edit the recipes down to the correct word count.
The Different Ways To Present Your Recipes
When creating an eBook, you have to decide how you will present your recipes. You have four basic options here:
- Print Recipes: You can choose this option if you want to create a physical copy of your book. These are the most common way of presenting recipes and consist of a text list of ingredients followed by a list of instructions. You can include page numbers and pictures if you want.
- Recipe Listing: This is similar to the Print Recipe option but instead of having a list of instructions, you will have a series of recipes that you can choose to include. To make this format more interactive, you can add in links to other recipes within the book or include a shopping list at the end of each recipe. You can also add an index so that the reader does not have to scroll through all of the recipes to find the one they are looking for.
- Single Page: This format allows for a very compact and clean way of presenting your recipes. You can use a tool like PhotoBooks to easily create an eBook in this way. Each recipe is presented on a single page with no additional decoration. You do not have to worry about your eBook being too long because of the single-page layout. If you decide to use this method, you can remove all of the formatting and include only text in your recipes.
- Choices: If you like, you can add an interactive element to your recipes by adding a choice column. This could be something as simple as “Add curry powder or not?” You can give the option a name and a matching icon so that it is easy for the reader to find. You can also list the ingredients for each option along with the percentage of each ingredient used in that version of the recipe.
Once you have decided what format you want your recipes in, you can move on to the next step.
Step Two: Pick A Niche
The next step is to decide on a niche for your eBook. You have many options here but if you are looking for a quick and easy way to make money, consider creating an eBook for a food magazine or blog. Not only will you get paid but you can also decide how much you want to charge for the eBook. If you want to become a full-time freelance writer, consider creating an eBook about food styling or photographing for magazines and blogs. There are plenty of niches out there if you want to create an eBook but keep in mind that you will need to work hard to prove to potential clients that you can do good work and follow orders. You can also create an eBook about a subject you are an expert in if you are a writer, researcher, or have a technical background. For example, if you have a food blog, consider creating an eBook with recipes for the everyday consumer or create an eBook guide to answer common questions about your blog.
Step Three: Choose A Template
Once you have your niche picked out, it’s time to choose a template for your book. Your options here include: