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How to Print Your Own Cookbook

Custom Cookbook Printing

Cookbooks are both entertaining and useful. When creating your own cookbook, you can share the joy of cooking, entertaining, and creating memories with friends and family.

If you’re ready to print your own cookbook and share your recipes, 48 Hour Books is here to help. Whether you want to print a family recipe book or market and sell your own cookbook, we offer everything you need to make your custom cookbook a delicious success: layout tips, formatting, designing, printing, binding and shipping.

Let 48 Hour Books help you print your own cookbook!

Self-Publishing a Cookbook

Have questions about how to publish a cookbook? We have answers. 48 Hour Books offers high-quality cookbook printing and binding. We also have a team of experts to help with additional questions you have while learning how to publish a cookbook.

Whether you want to print a family cookbook, or you’re professional chef with a cookbook to sell, 48 Hour Books can help you do it, quickly and easily. From first time cookbook marketers to grandmothers compiling family recipe books, we serve all customers with bookstore-quality printing and expert advice, and options that fit your intended use and budget.

Q How do I get a cookbook printed?

For tips on writing and self-publishing cookbooks, see our blog article on Five Tips for Printing a Successful Cookbook.

48 Hour Books is the fastest cookbook printer around. From the initial formatting to photo placement, printing and binding styles, we’ll give you all the help you need. We can show you how to create and publish your own cookbook quickly and easily.

Q How do you separate each section of a cookbook?

Die-cut tabs can divide each section of your cookbook. At 48 Hour Books, we can print cookbook tabs in black and white or full color, to separate different sections, such as “Salads,” “Entrees,” and “Desserts.” You also can include a full-color photo to accompany each section or a collage of photos.

Print Cookbooks with Full-color Tabs
Q Should I include photos in my cookbook?

48 Hour Books can print both black and white or full-color photography. Most people like photos to use as a visual reference while cooking. Every recipe doesn’t need a photo. Your custom cookbook could include a page or two in the front of each section with images of several recipes.

Q What type of cookbook binding style should I choose?

Cookbook binding styles depend on your personal preference. At 48 Hour Books we can print cookbooks as perfect bound (softcover/paperback), case bound (hardcover) or coil bound. We print perfect bound books in 48 hours, so if your cookbook has a tight deadline, this is a great option.

Hardcover is a good choice for cookbooks with a higher page count. Sturdy hardcover cookbooks last for years, perfect for printing family heirloom cookbooks.

Coil binding is both economical and practical for cookbooks. This binding style allows them to lay flat on a kitchen counter.

Hardcover and coil-bound cookbooks take five business days to print. We offer rush service and super rush options if you need your cookbooks faster.

Q Can I get help formatting my custom recipe book?

48 Hour Books offers free cookbook templates, which open in almost any word processing program. Use book templates as a guide for laying out your cookbook, so each recipe is formatted uniformly.

Reformatting servies are also available starting at $125.

Q How can I design a cookbook cover?

Beautifully printed, mouthwatering images make your cookbook stand out.

48 Hours offers a variety of cookbook cover design options. Provide your own ready-to-print book cover, work with our in-house designers for a completely custom cover, or use our economical Create-a-Cover design service.

Q How do I proofread my cookbook?

Before we print your cookbook, we send a PDF proof for your approval. Look it over carefully. You can use our cookbook proofing instructions as a guide.

Cookbook printing for fundraisers

Cookbooks are a great fundraising idea for church or social groups. If you want to organize and create your own cookbook for your group, fill out the form below.

Get Started Printing Your Cookbook

If you’re interested in recipe book printing for your family or printing a professional cookbook for sale, place an order and upload your files.

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