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How to create a personalised cookbook

Collate your recipes with Photobox

Whether you’re just discovering the pleasures of cooking or are an established domestic god or goddess, you’ve probably plenty of recipes scattered about your kitchen. A few years ago, these would likely take the form of scraps of paper torn out of magazines and newspapers; these days, your recipes are more likely to be printed out from the web.

Over the years, I’ve accumulated reams of them. At first, I inserted them into plastic sleeves and stored them in a ring binder. But as the pile mounted up, good intentions fell by the wayside; now my kitchen has printouts littering every surface. See How to browse recipes on an Android tablet.

Thankfully, dedicated websites now let you print recipe books, making it a simple matter to save details of the best dishes and have them to hand when next you need meal inspiration.

Photobox, Blurb and Lulu are examples of such sites, and each lets you publish your own text and images in a book. Photobox even has a dedicated cookbook template, complete with stock images of ingredients – useful if you’re not one for taking snaps of your culinary masterpieces. See Photobox review.

Here, we show you how to use it.

Step 1. Head to Photobox.co.uk. Sign up for a free account if you’d like to be able to save and come back to your work later. To do so, simply click Join Free and enter your details. Click the Books tab and choose Cookbook from the drop-down menu. Select ‘Create yours now’ in the following window.

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Step 2. Select the type of cookbook you want to create from the menu on the left; we chose a Modern design, which starts at £32 plus £3.99 P+P for 26 pages. Click Create Now to render your cookbook onscreen. You can browse through its pages using the forward and backward buttons at either side of the window.

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Step 3. Upload the images you’d like to include in your cookbook. Click ‘Upload and organise photos’, then choose Browse to locate them on your PC. Once uploaded, images will be displayed in My albums at the bottom of the screen. Photobox also offers a selection of royalty-free stock images in the Images library.

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Step 4. Place your images by dragging-and-dropping them into the appropriate boxes (you’ll see the text ‘Place photo here’). Click on a photo to zoom in and out, perform basic edits, and to check whether its resolution is sufficient for printing at this size – a green smiley face lets you know all is well.

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Step 5. Click in each text box to add a title, ingredients list and cooking instructions. Use the drop-down menus below the text-entry field to change its font, size, colour and justification. You can also use the Layouts and Backgrounds tabs to adjust the page design and add logos and background images. Click Save when you’re happy.

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Step 6. If any of your images are of insufficient quality for printing, a warning triangle will appear at the top right; click this to find and resolve any problems. You can then click the Order button. Photobox lets you specify paper stock, finishing and packaging requirements before entering your payment details.

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