to Write and Publish a Cookbook
by Norene Gilletz - The Right Way to Write
you want to write a cookbook - congratulations! My name is Norene Gilletz
and I am the author of several best selling cookbooks. I have edited
many cookbooks and have also worked as a consultant for many cookbook
projects for various fundraising groups over the years.
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We can provide you with many services for your cookbook project:
Editing, indexing, nutrient analysis, food styling, designing of a culinary
website, and media releases to promote your book once it is completed. We
can also provide you with consulting services to help you get started and
guide you along the way. You can also use my cookbooks as a
fundraiser to help you raise funds to publish your cookbook. I hope you find
the following information helpful. Good luck!
to Write and Publish a Cookbook
Writing a cookbook is a job that requires lots of patience and passion for
the project. It will take much, much more time than you thought possible, so
Here are some tips that will be helpful:
All ingredients should be listed in order of use. Indicate if they are
chopped, minced, melted, etc.
Contributors should be sure to include accurate package sizes and to provide
the pan sizes needed for each recipe. Measurements should be as precise as
Baking times should be accurate and give a test for doneness. (e.g., Bake
for 45 to 50 minutes, until golden. Cool completely, then cover and
Indicate whether to cook a recipe covered or not.
Indicate if you can make it ahead of time and if it can be frozen and/or
Indicate the number of servings.
If possible, have recipes tested by knowledgeable committee members. Set up
meetings to taste the results.
You should have some sort of style sheet so that everyone is working within
the same guidelines - very important. This saves time later on. Provide
correct spellings so that the recipes are consistent. e.g., bread crumbs,
Make sure there are no "dangling" ingredients - i.e., instructions
you to prepare an ingredient and set it aside (e.g., drain juice, reserving
1/2 cup), then the reserved ingredient isn't added to the recipe!
You will end up with lots of identical or similar recipes. 250 to 500
recipes in total is usually manageable for a book. If a book is too big, the
cost will be very expensive. You can always do a second book if the first
one is a wild success.
Decide on the chapter headings in advance - e.g., Appetizers, Soups, Main
Dishes, Vegetables and Sides, Cookies and Squares, Pies and Desserts, etc.
Instructions should be very clear and make a picture to the reader.
Here are some excellent resources that will save you lots of time
and prevent mistakes. I wish I had these reference books when I first started writing and editing cookbooks! If you order from
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Food: The Complete Guide to Writing
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Food is an invaluable resource for anyone who writes about food – or wants to! Dianne Jacob’s
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The Recipe Writer's Handbook (Revised and Updated) by Barbara Gibbs Ostmann
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Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera by Delores Custer
Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna (Course Technology
There are several companies
that specialize in fundraising cookbooks. They
are usually printers who have several templates for covers, extra tips,
dividing tabs, etc. This helps keep printing costs down. For more information, visit
www.heritagecookbook.com to find out how to create your very own cookbook! Contact Susan Love at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her that Norene Gilletz recommended you!
You might want to check out some of my
cookbooks. You can "Flip through the Book" and see some
sample pages and recipes that may give you some ideas on writing style for
quick, easy recipes in a fix-it and forget-it style.
One more thing - it's a long, hard job to write a cookbook, but once it's
finished, the hard work really starts - selling and marketing it! You have
to let people know that you have a book to sell and that it will help make
their life easier and more delicious! Also, the selling price has to be
reasonable - there's lots of competition out there.
You may want to find sponsors in your community to help defray printing
costs. The more books you print, the more cost-efficient it will be.
However, if you make an error, it will multiply itself out by the number of
books you have printed. One mistake can turn into 1000 (or more) mistakes!
That's why it's a smart idea to invest in an editor.
If you would like to have me as the editor or consultant for your cookbook,
contact me, or call my direct line at
416-226-2466. Please note: We do NOT publish or print cookbooks.
And if you decide you would rather sell my cookbooks as a fundraiser
of writing your own,
contact me for information on selling
them as fundraisers! Profits are
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