Around this time of year I start thinking about family cookbooks and regretting that I didn’t start one months ago. My problem up until now was that I couldn’t find cookbook making software that was a) easy to use and b) had the features I needed — the most important being that it would let me upload photos, have control over fonts and colors and that it not crash every 5 minutes or take up room on my hard drive like some of the others I’ve tried. I didn’t think I’d ever find that until a few days ago when I got an email from Lulu.
Lulu is a self publishing site that’s become very popular with all types of authors, many of whom have their own designers or already have desktop publishing skills. Now Lulu has a service for cookbook authors — a user-friendly, on-line point and click cookbook building “studio” which anyone can use. It’s extremely intuitive and has all the features I listed above. I’ve been having fun with Lulu and at this point, have a shell of a cookbook with different page layouts, room for pictures to be uploaded, and areas to paste recipe text which I’d previously stored in Word. Hopefully, I’ll have a family cookbook by Valentine’s Day.
If you want to try it out, here’s a link to Lulu’s publishing studio.
They also provided a link to someone’s sample book (click on “preview” to view it) which topped out a high price. I don’t think all cookbooks published on Lulu are that expensive, though.