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Gather Up Those Recipes!
You might be surprised when you do a search online to find that it's harder than you think to find a great cookbook or recipe template. This is probably because there isn't a standard cookbook-creating program, especially one for free (or even on the cheap).
Often times, templates are ignored in lieu of a user just designing a full cookbook by themselves. What if you don't have the time to design your own cookbook, or you're just looking for a quick solution to storing all those recipes written on scrap bits of paper? What is a cook to do? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here's a list of some great - and free - cookbook and recipe templates for download.
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Microsoft offers a cute template for Microsoft Word that allows you to create your own cookbook. In addition to their one cookbook template, they do offer quite a wealth of recipe card templates which you could simply place more than one on a page if you are looking for a quick solution.
The recipe card templates range from simple to somewhat fancy and elaborate, and there are several different holiday themes for those looking to create holiday-based cookbooks.
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Snapfish offers a number of free kitchen printables in PDF format, including the folksy cookbook design shown to the left. You can also download recipe cards, canning labels, menu planners and many other cool templates from this site. New designs are added regularly so you may want to bookmark the page so you can check it in the future.
You can print these items and handwrite your recipes, or use them with any software application that supports PDF editing. Or, you may just want to use them for inspiration to create your own designs!
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Think PowerPoint is just for business presentations and homework assignments? Think again! You can actually find all sorts of clever designs created in PowerPoint, including this recipe template that can easily be converted into a cookbook.
This particular template includes multiple slide layouts that you can use to showcase pictures of your favorite dishes and instructions for preparation. You can also use the included sample chart for measurements, conversions, and nutritional information.
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Although it's not as popular as most of the other applications in the Microsoft Office suite, Publisher is a fun application that you can use to create all sorts of desktop publishing projects – including cookbooks. If you haven't done so before, you may want to open Publisher up and take a look at all the templates that come with the software.
Just like with Word and PowerPoint, you can also find and download additional free Publisher templates online. For instance, the design shown to the left is available on Microsoft Online.
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Designing Your Own
If you find a great generic book template, you can always spice it up (pun fully intended) with pictures and graphics of your choosing to make it a little more personal. And if all else fails and you find yourself unsatisfied with the free, or even the paid options out there, there is always the option of designing your own cookbook. Sure, it might take a little knowledge of some publishing programs, but you'd be surprised how easy it is. Bright Hub has an article that gives tips and tricks on how design your own cookbook. And of course, who says your template has to be a default cooking template?
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Great Free Templates for Making Your Own Cookbook
With this collection of cookbook templates and design tips, not only can you share that great meal with friends and family, but you can also share how you made it with the rest of the world!