Making A Recipe Book? Planning and Food Photography Tips

Some tips for making a great Recipe Photo Book!

You’ve got the idea that it would be fun to make a recipe book. Recipe Photo Book for Mother's Day Gift

One that’s filled with photos of the finished dishes. Or maybe include photos of the cooking or baking process. Who’s recipes will you use? How will you print and share the finished recipe book? Here are some tips for planning your book and for taking great food photos, as well.

Planning a Recipe Photo Book

Decide on a theme:

  • Mom’s Home Cooking
  • Grandma’s Famous Cakes
  • Cookies That Kids Can Bake
  • A Salute to the Great Cooks in My Family

Whatever your theme, be sure you can offer accurate recipes with easy-to-follow directions. Help your readers be successful in making those great dishes! So that means you’ll need to proofread your recipes and then have someone else proof again just to be sure.

Take lots of photos:

Every recipe book is better when it includes photos of the finished dish. Here is a post that will give you some guidelines for taking those photos.

But why not take photos of the cooking process and/or the ingredients the reader will have to assemble before starting? Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman does a terrific job of photographing the steps to her recipes. If you make one of her dishes, it is so helpful to have those photos to guide you along the way. Check out her site for examples of how you might do the same thing in your recipe book. By the way, I’ve made some of her recipes and they are always terrific!

Start Making Your Recipe Book Online

Begin by uploading your photos to your own photo folder on If you register, your photo folders and projects remain there for you to return to as often as you wish. So you can make your book as you have time.

If you want your actual recipes to have a special look or design, you might consider putting them into a PhotoShop file and uploading your recipes as .jpegs. Then you can easily place them just like you would a photo. But you do have the option of typing them right onto the photo book page.

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