I am excited to share this D-I-Y How To Make Your Own Cookbook project with you. I started making my own cookbooks several years ago. Back to school time is a perfect time to start your D-I-Y Make Your Own Cookbook because everything you need is on sale! Why did I decide to do this? I had magazines everywhere with recipes I wanted to try. When it came time to try them I couldn't find the magazine. So I gathered up all the magazines in my house, turned the TV on, and started cutting. Not only did I eliminate the fire hazard of magazines but I now had what I needed to start my own cookbook.
What you need to start your own cookbook:
- Hard Cover Notebook (you will need to decide which size is best)
- Sheet Protectors
- Pocket dividers (I prefer the hard plastic ones)
- Sharpie Pen
- Cut, printed, or written recipes
- White copy paper
- Gather all the magazines in your house.
- Cut out all the recipes you would be interested in trying.
- Decide on what categories you want to have in your cookbook. My categories were pretty easy. Pork, Chicken, Beef, Pasta, Salads, Appetizers, Seafood, Side Dishes, and so on. I have a separate binder for all of my desserts.
- Write your categories on your dividers. I bought pocket dividers to place recipes in until I have time to file properly.
- Place dividers in your binder.
- Arrange all the recipes in to the categories on your dividers.
- Since you will be working on one category at a time you can place the cut recipes in your pocket dividers.
- If your recipes are full pages they can be put directly in to the sheet protector. If you have recipes of different sizes your can tape or paste them on white copy paper. Make sure they are one sided recipes. If not you can copy one side or put it in the sheet protector to be pulled out when needed.
- Repeat for each category!
This will take some time at first but it is well worth it and easy to maintain. I have people want to borrow my books and I have had friends add to them. It is a fun activity! It is also fun to have the kids get involved. They can make their own cookbooks and help you menu plan from them. This way you always have recipes your family will love!
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Shelley is a boy mom, marine wife, and is blessed with an amazing family. She loves sharing recipes, travel reviews and tips that focus on helping busy families make memories.