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Using photo sharing sites to create a recipe book?

sweet ginger Dec 23, 2007 01:30 PM

My recent batch of holiday cookies elicited many requests for recipes from friends and family. I also happen to have a new little (2 year old) helper in the kitchen, and many photos of her cooking with me. I thought it would be nice to use the photo book option of a site like Kodak Gallery to create a small bound book of recipes and photos (they're so well priced!), but I'm finding that many of these sites only have space for photo captions, and not many layout options that would lend themselves well to a cookbook format. I came across a rec for picaboo and am currently downloading it to check it out, but does anyone have other site recommendations or design tips for me?

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    donna5657 RE: sweet ginger Dec 23, 2007 02:04 PM

    Great idea. I have been trying to figure out how to do a recipe photo book myself! I thought it would be great to take photos of family favorites as they appear cooking, on the table and what the kitchen may look like during prep.

    Please post what you find to be successful. I think this would make a great gift.

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      jacinthe RE: sweet ginger Dec 23, 2007 09:28 PM

      Check out this site; it's designed specifically for cookbooks.


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        cecilia RE: sweet ginger Dec 27, 2007 03:39 PM

        Try Blurb. They are based on San Francisco. From what I heard, the quality is very good. They have specific layouts for recipe books.


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          donna5657 RE: cecilia Dec 27, 2007 04:32 PM

          Thanks Cecilia! Blurb seems to be exactly what I was looking for! They don't seem expensive either.

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          MakingSense RE: sweet ginger Dec 27, 2007 04:37 PM

          MIcrosoft Word and some other word processing programs allow you to insert photographs into text. Just type up your recipes and add the photos. With a little practice, you can "wrap" the text around the photos like they do in magazines. Much more flexible than any packaged cookbook program.
          Office services shops like Kinko's can spiral bind your book for you or you can use a pretty three-ring binder. There are many choices from simple plastic ones at office supply stores to extravagant leather albums.

          1. LNG212 RE: sweet ginger Mar 6, 2010 09:32 AM

            We used a site called My Publisher to do several books. While none were cookbooks, they do have layouts that would work for that idea (e.g. a lot of writing on one page with a photo on the facing page). The books themselves (we got hardcover ones) are absolutely beautiful.

            Check them out at http://www.mypublisher.com/ . And Good Luck!

            oops -- sorry I just noticed that someone resurrected an absurdly old post.

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