It may surprise you but if you want to write a recipe for a cookbook it may not be as simple as you think. There are lots of pitfalls that can happen when you start listing a recipe to be included in a cookbook. Most of these errors can be caught by the editors of the cookbook, but if you are publishing the cookbook yourself these tips will help you in your ending cookbook.
Add flare to your cookbook. The cookbook is part of your life especially if it contains family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Make it a bit personal but don’t go overboard. Also consider that the people buying the cookbook won’t know you or your family so be descriptive so these people will have an idea of exactly what you are talking about.
A great mistake when creating a recipe is not listing the ingredients in order. If you use eggs first in the method or directions, then it should be listed first in the ingredients list. Having the ingredients listed like this when you are going to write a recipe lets the reader know that if they skip over something in the ingredients list then they will need to go back and figure out what exactly they missed.
Another problem that can come up when you want to write a recipe is to make sure you are not vague with the method or ingredients. Don’t just list flour, the reader isn’t going to know if it’s self-rising or all purpose. Using terms like “some” is not good either. Although you know how much to use, someone reading your recipe isn’t going to know. Also keep the amounts the same in the ingredients list as in the method.
I hope these tips will get you on your way to making a cookbook and write a recipe for it. Make sure you also check out the following resources to know more about creating a recipe and creating a cookbook.