Easy Cookbook Creation

Searching for keywords and sharing recipes is far easier if they are digital, but moving from paper to computer is often tedious. An e-book distributor offers 117 pages of advice on how to format text in Microsoft Word. In a cookbook, we also place pictures, align columns, ensure consistency, manage citations, insert cross-references and create an index.

Did you know tools for authoring scientific articles can help? To create formatted recipes, we simply refer to ingredients by predefined shorthand expressions such as \IngNuts{220}, where the amount (grams) is written within braces. Next we describe what to do with the ingredients(s): \StepNuts. Both of these expressions are placeholders for the actual ingredients and methods. This allows us to rename or rephrase something by changing only a single occurrence instead of having to check and update each recipe. The tools automagically convert these descriptions into a formatted PDF file. This drastically speeds up the publishing process, which previously took months but can now be done within days.

Although PDF files are great for laptops and tablets, not all e-book stores accept them, and some charge hundreds of dollars to translate into other e-book formats. I instead developed software that automatically converts to standard-compliant EPUB3 with visually identical results. This allows you to produce both PDF and e-books from the same recipe text without worrying about conversion errors or software incompatibilities.

We hope this will help you record family traditions and share favorite recipes! Producing fully formatted e-books from simple text descriptions might sound too good to be true. In all honesty, the authoring tools are complex and intricate. We’d like to simplify this process and provide a step by step explanation. Stay tuned for updates! You can ask the free changedetection.com service to send you an email when this page changes.