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Whether organizing your own recipes or working on a fundraiser cookbook project, there are a number of options for finding a template to use for the recipes. This is a guide about cookbook software and templates.


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January 11, 2011

Is there any free software to make my own cookbook?

By Jayne from Ireland

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January 11, 20110 found this helpful
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You have lots of options. The best way to start is with a template for Microsoft Office or Excel. Whichever you are comfortable with or have access to. Just go to and search for "Microsoft Cookbook template word excel", you'll get the results.

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

Check this link out and it's a free safe one :-)

http://office.m  D=CT101445101033

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By 0 found this helpful
October 22, 2008

A group of us are trying to put together a cookbook to sell at a fundraiser. We need a free program to do these on our home computers. We don't have any start up to pay a publisher. Anyone know where I can download a free cookbook creator program?

Shala from Zanesville, OH

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 23, 20080 found this helpful
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If you go to Microsoft home page they have a section on templates. You could find a template there that you could use plus lots of other great free (really free) templates for brochures, flyers and everything else. They look professional and take a second to down load onto your computer.


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October 23, 20080 found this helpful

We put out a cookbook at my church. I just typed up all the recipes in a way that looked pleasing to me. I chose to do this with Word. I made the margins as small as I could. I think they were about .5" or maybe .6". The paper was in landscape mode. This was achieved in page set up. Then I make 2 columns with 1.2" space between columns. This created 2 pages. Then I just typed in all the recipes. I tried to type recipes all on one page whenever possible. If not then I would fill in with a short recipe. I put all recipes in categories before I started. But you could create a separate file for each category instead. I did not. I numbered all the pages as I typed. To have them go together in book for better, start with page one in the second column. Column 1 can be used for a cover page. At the end of each category I included several pages labeled at the top with "Additional Recipes.

When they were printed I printed out just one copy of each page. Then we used a copier for more copies. Copy the SAME page on the front and back of a sheet. Then cut paper in half with a good paper cutter. You will have page one and two on each of two papers. You need to do that with all pages of the book. We bound ours with the plastic comb binders. But some we punched holes in and fit into a small 3 ring binder. After all is printed out, I created page separaters on card stock. These were in color and labeled again in 2 columns with the name of the category on each side. Then you can go through and create an index. It took a lot of work but we got a lot of compliments.

Good luck with yours

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 23, 20080 found this helpful

Go to "Search for Answers" on the top of the thriftyfun webpage and search on "cookbook software". The first hit you get there is a prior thriftyfun discussion on this topic.

I have another thought, too. I am a big user of This site lets me enter and organize all my own recipes. You and your friends could get JUST ONE free recipecircus account and then all use the same user name and password to enter your recipes. Then they would all be categorized and in one place. You'd have to check whether you could print in a format you liked from recipecircus or have someone cut and paste into other software.

Of course, there are other sites like recipecircus, too, and others may print out in a format you prefer.

Good luck!

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October 24, 20080 found this helpful

It looks like Better Homes and gardens has one that you can use if your a member

http://freebies  atecookboook.htm

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January 11, 20110 found this helpful

I am looking for a program, hopefully free, to make my own cookbook. I would like to be able to add photos. I will do my own printing and putting together. I must to be able to put my recipes in different categories and spell check. Does anyone know of one with these features?

By Sharon from Delaware, AR


Cookbook Software or Template

If you have Microsoft Word you can go to the Microsoft Office website and download a template for recipes. Figure out you own structure for the index and use Word to right the whole thing and print it out. You can probably also submit it to a printing place in Word format and they would be able to knock it out with minimal editing/formatting. (01/26/2010)

By Suntydt


Cookbook Software or Template

I googled "free homemade recipebook" and found a few options. Have a look at this link, there are some very pretty recipe cards here. (01/27/2010)

By debera

Cookbook Software or Template

I use The Best of Master Cook for my recipes. Everything you asked for is there, plus thousands of good recipes (more recipes are always a plus for me). I have gone through my collection of recipe books and created new recipe books of my favorites. I have set up books for Appetizers, Bread, Cookies, Crockpot, etc. You can get the nutrition for each recipe, multiply or divide a recipe by servings, generate a shopping list and do a search for a specific ingredient (like pumpkin) or specific recipe (like taco). I have enjoyed this program for several years and purchased it for each of my 5 daughters so they can save their own recipes. You can check it out on and, if you like it, you can purchase it from them too.

I almost forgot, I created a Heritage Cookbook one year for each of my daughters with their grandparents favorite recipes. This book is used often by my daughters. It's like a part of their grandparents are at the table when they create one of their favorite recipes. I want to encourage you to create a Heritage Cookbook for each of your children. It is a gift they will cherish for years to come.

I hope this helps you out. Bobbie (02/01/2010)


Cookbook Software or Template

The web site offers the Matilda software. It is excellent and very inexpensive. I think I paid under $30, but the good thing is they offer free technical help by email. I've tried this over the past year and each and every time get a quick response (within the day, usually) answers to my technical questions. You can put photos from the web or your own photos, spell check, etc. They will also allow a table of contents with recipes grouped by category. Sounds like everything you want. (03/05/2010)

By DonnaCross

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

Can anyone suggest a good cookbook software?

By Yvonne J.


Cookbook Software or Template

Here is a great site. It is free and my mom (who lives out of state), my daughter, and myself all work on the same family cookbook. You can set it up as a private or public cookbook. Very awesome site. (10/19/2009)

By debcutlip

Cookbook Software or Template

Try Easy Chefs One Million of the Worlds Best Recipes. It's a pretty good one. (10/19/2009)

By quiltinglady2001

Cookbook Software or Template has great cookbook information if you are looking for many recipes. Is that what you are looking for? Or are you making your own? If making your own, check out (10/19/2009)

By foxybubbles

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October 18, 20090 found this helpful

Where can I find free cookbook templates to make a family cookbook?

By saints_fan85 from New Orleans, LA


Cookbook Software or Template

Whatever you get, make sure to back it up. (08/13/2009)

By cookwie

Cookbook Software or Template

All the free cookbook template software sites I just checked out could open you up to possible spyware, etc., so I suggest going to this site (I even have a free subscription with them where I've found lots of things regarding cooking including some free general templates) and they have an awesome cookbook template software for sale:

If you would like to try recipe cards instead of a recipe book Hewlett Packard has a free template where you can even place your own photo and type in or copy and paste recipe text and print right from the link:


By Deeli

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January 28, 20090 found this helpful

I want to make family cookbooks for my daughters this Christmas. Does anyone have suggestions as to any free software or templates that are available to make cookbooks? Thanks so much!

Laurie from Des Moines, IA


Cookbook Software or Template

A web site publishes real books, with hard covers and all. The smallest, soft cover and cheapest is 9$. They provide a software that is really fun to use and you can print it out on your home printer to "proof" it or just publish it in your own home.


By Rose

Cookbook Software or Template

Microsoft Works Task launch has a recipe book template under Works Database. (11/26/2008)

By Ms April

Cookbook Software or Template

I found two templates on HP's site. I haven't tried them, but they look to be user friendly.

By lovethecritters

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November 25, 20080 found this helpful

I am hoping to do a cookbook for my church. It is a bigger task than I expected. Does anyone know of a good software program or template I could use?

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