Here are a few questions that you'll want to answer when learning how to publish a cookbook:
How am I going to separate each section?
There are several different ways to separate each section of your cookbook. One option that really looks great is having die-cut tabs dividing each section. At 48 Hr Books, we can print your tabs in either black-and-white or full-color. They're a great way to separate the different sections ("Salads", "Entrees", "Desserts", etc.). Plus, you can include full-color photo or a montage of photos of items from that section.
Do I want to include photographs?
Some cookbooks just list recipes, and don't include any photography at all. But many people like having photographs as a visual reference. That doesn't mean you must have a photograph to accompany every recipe. You can have a page or two at the front of each section that shows as many items as you'd like. Full-color photography is a great way to enhance your cookbook with vibrant images of the delicious dishes you have made. We can include photos in black-and-white, too, but they're not nearly as impressive as full-color cookbook printing options.
What type of Binding should I choose?
Cookbooks can be perfect bound, case bound (hardcover), or coil bound. It all depends on your personal preference. We can print perfect bound books in 48 hours, so if you are on a deadline, this is a great option. If your cookbook's main purpose is for general reference, perfect binding is good option. If you have an extremely large page count, a case bound book may be the way to go. Plus, the covers are extremely sturdy to last over the years. But most cookbooks are meant for heavy use in the kitchen. When you're up to your elbows in flour, spices, or batter, you want a cookbook that's going to lay flat on your counter. Therefore, most of the cookbooks that we print are coil bound. Please remember that case bound books and coil bound books take 5 business days to print. Of course, we do offer rush service, which can speed it up by another day or two if you are on a deadline.