Make your own recipe book

Many of us dream of writing our own recipe book and getting it published. A few of my friends have published cookery books this year and I’ve been so proud of them. But now we can all have a go – you don’t need a book deal to get your own tome put together.

Okay, you might not be hitting the top 25 bestseller list on Amazon, but using a site like Snapfish to make a recipe book is such a fab idea. I’d only thought about creating baby picture books, but it’s also a great way to preserve old family recipes, compile your favourite bakes as a gift for a friend or even a collection of essential recipes for a teenager leaving home for the first time.

I’ve got hundreds of scraps of paper that my granny, mum and many friends have scribbled recipes on over the years that i’ve got stuffed in files and folders. I thought it’d be great to get them all into a book so I don’t lose them, so I’m currently putting one together to pass down to my boys.

If you fancy having a go at doing this yourself, Snapfish have very kindly given me two photobook prizes to give away in a competition.

***This competition is now closed****


There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries.  You must leave a separate comment for each bonus entry otherwise they will not be counted.

1. Mandatory. Leave a comment below telling me what kind of recipe book you’d like to write

2. For a second chance to win tweet a link to this giveaway as follows: “Win photobook from Snapfish with @cookingkt plus ALL readers get 25% off photobooks
Then leave a second comment saying you’ve done so telling me your Twitter ID.

3. For a third chance please follow Snapfish on twitter, then leave a comment below to tell me you’ve done it, not forgetting to include your Twitter ID.

4. Follow me @cookingkt on Twitter and comment to tell me you have done so.

Good Luck!

***This competition is now closed****


This giveaway is open to all readers over 18 with a UK postal address.  The two winners will be chosen using an online randomiser and announced in a subsequent post.   When commenting please leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.

Closing date: 11pm Wednesday 29th June 2011

This is a sponsored post.

I am running this competition on behalf of Snapfish, their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

If you don’t win you can still get a massive 25% off all photo books by visiting and entering the coupon code FEEDINGBOYS. New Snapfish users will also get 50 free prints when they sign up.

***This competition is now closed****


About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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79 Responses to Make your own recipe book

  1. Dawn says:

    I would love to write a book with a recipe for each of the different places I’ve travelled around the world. A sort of combination of a recipe book and travel diary.

  2. Dawn says:

    I follow you on twitter I’m @dawny_cupcake

  3. carole says:

    following you and snapfish

  4. rory Daniels says:

    I’d like to write,cooking on tight budget book,with ideas on how to bulk prepare,and freeze,to save money,whilst keeping variety and healthy options in front of mind

    @original_castir (twitter)

  5. rory Daniels says:

    following you and snapfish on twitter ,have tweeted link @original_castir


  6. laura stewart says:

    i would like tp write childrens recipes

  7. christine r says:

    It would definitely be my favourite baking recipes

  8. christine r says:

    Tweeted the giveaway link (kyber1993)

  9. christine r says:

    I follow you on twitter too (kyber1993)

  10. lorraine polley says:

    i’d like to research south african receipes and write a book on traditional south african fare

  11. claire woods says:

    I would like to write a recipes book that would make children want to eat vegetables.

  12. claire woods says:

    Tweeted link – @clairew137

  13. Lucy Pasifull says:

    I’d love to do a family recipe book crammed with all my families favourite recipes. It would be a mix between a recipe book and a family tree!

  14. claire woods says:

    follow Snapfish on twitter, – done @clairew137

  15. claire woods says:

    Follow me @cookingkt on Twitter – done @clairew137

  16. Lucy Pasifull says:

    I have tweeted as @loobypas

  17. Lucy Pasifull says:

    Followed snapfish now as @loobypas

  18. Helen says:

    I’d like to write a recipe book using yogurt- both savoury and sweet dishes. I think it’s so versatile

  19. Helen says:

    Following @snapfish on twitter as @toffeefudge

  20. Helen says:

    Following you on twitter as @toffeefudge

  21. Helen says:

    Have tweeted your giveaway as @toffeefudge

  22. Nancy Bradford says:

    I’d love to get my Grandma’s handwritten notecards for the 50’s and 60’s put into a book format.

  23. Mikki says:

    I’d like to make a book with frequently used recipes and newish recipes I have created and will likely forget so that I can pass it on later 🙂

  24. Emma Clarke says:

    I’d like to write a Chinese cookbook @emma1111111

  25. Emma Clarke says:

    For s econd entry, I have tweeted a link to the giveaway @emma1111111

  26. Emma Clarke says:

    For a chance I follow @snapfish on Twitter (@emma1111111)

  27. Emma Clarke says:

    For a bonus entry I follow @cookingkt on Twitter

  28. Hazel Rea says:

    I’d like to write a recipe book free of the things my son must avoid – gluten, milk and egg. @beachrambler

  29. Hazel Rea says:

    I have tweeted – @beachrambler

  30. Martina says:

    I would like to write a semi-vegetarian recipe book as I am a semi-vegetarian (I eat poultry and fish but not red meat). I see books for vegetarians and meateaters but I think there is a gap in the market 🙂

  31. Hazel Rea says:

    I follow Snapfish on Twitter – @beachrambler

  32. Hazel Rea says:

    I already follow you on Twitter – @beachrambler

  33. Helena Haddock says:

    I would love to write a recipe book, for babies

  34. Laura Pritchard says:

    I’d write one for adults like me who are fussy eaters, showing imaginative ways to conceal healthy food in other food we do like. @Isis1981uk on Twitter

  35. Laura Pritchard says:

    Have re-tweeted the message @Isis1981uk

  36. Laura Pritchard says:

    Following Snapfish on Twitter @Isis1981uk

  37. Laura Pritchard says:

    Following you on Twitter @Isis1981uk

  38. julia kiss says:

    I’d love all my favourite recipes in one book that I’d call ‘Julia’s Special …..’ a collection of my delicious recipes that I’ve made special and my friends love to try.

  39. Carolynn Woodland says:

    Quick and easy

  40. vicky haddock says:

    A recipe book for quick tasty and cheap meals

  41. Love to put all my mums Austrian and Polish recipes in a book, never seen any of them in any book or internet recipe site.


  42. Have RT’d giveaway with @phyllgerry

  43. Following snapfish on twitter with @phyllgerry

  44. Already following you on twitter with @phyllgerry

  45. Sheila says:

    Would love to write a healthy eating recipe book

  46. Andrew Cakebread says:

    Love to write a cook book with many exciting cake receipes @andrewcbo

  47. Andrew Cakebread says:

    Twitted as @andrewcbo

  48. Andrew Cakebread says:

    Following snap fish uk on twitter @andrewcbo

  49. Andrew Cakebread says:

    Follwoing cookingkt on twitter 🙂 @andrewcbo

  50. Adrian potter says:

    I’d have a recipe book with classic recipes from each of the states in America

  51. Francesca Light-Wilson says:

    I would write a recipe book based on ‘larder basics’ – delicious meals you can whip up with the kind of ‘staples’ most of us have in the larder, freezer and fridge – tins of beans, rice, pasta, frozen peas, pesto, potatoes, eggs … you get the drift! I got quite creative the winter before last when we were snowed in and couldn’t get to the shop for cheese, milk and fresh veggies, and now I really enjoy grabbing a few ingredients from the cupboard and seeing what I can come up with!

  52. Francesca Light-Wilson says:

    Following @cookingkt on Twitter as @LoveWinning

  53. Francesca Light-Wilson says:

    I have tweeted the competition message as @LoveWinning 🙂

  54. Francesca Light-Wilson says:

    I am following Snapfish as @LoveWinning 🙂

  55. Maya Russell says:

    I’d write a book on favourite recipe’s to make that are quick and easy to do for a family with children. Something for every day of the week, winter and summer recipes.

  56. Maya Russell says:

    I have tweeted. @maisietoo

  57. Maya Russell says:

    Following Snapfish on Twitter.

  58. Maya Russell says:

    Following @cookingkt on Twitter as @maisietoo

  59. Jo Taylor says:

    I’d like to write a cookbook which features recipes based on a tin of tomatoes.

  60. judithsbooks says:

    My recipe book would have handed down, family recipes. We have lots in our family going back several generations.

  61. judithsbooks says:

    I have tweeted the competition. @judithsbooks

  62. judithsbooks says:

    Following @snapfishUK on twitter. @judithsbooks

  63. judithsbooks says:

    Following @cookingkt on twitter. @judithsbooks

  64. Nazia Akhtar says:

    I would write a recipe book that includes all of the recipes my sister has collected through out the years! To stop her from losing them!! 😀

  65. Kyla says:

    (1) I would love to write a cook book for buffet and finger food. Too long have we suffered defrosted bought sausage rolls and dry sandwiches!

  66. Kyla says:

    (2) I have tweeted the giveaway, my username is PanDaa86

  67. Kyla says:

    (3) I am following Snapfish on Twitter. My username is PanDaa86

  68. Kyla says:

    (4) I am following cookingkt on Twitter. My username is PanDaa86.

  69. Emma Wolski says:

    I’d like to write a recipe book using Marmite! It’s my favourite!
    Following at twitter @noconawolsk

  70. Emma Wolski says:

    Following @cookingkt too

  71. Diane Jackson says:

    I’d like to write a healthy recipe book for faddy kids, using hidden veggies!

  72. susan willshee says:

    I completely agree with you, it would be great to have my very own proper recipe book. I have so many cuttings with scribbles and notes. I try to keep them all in ‘flimsies’ in a ring binder but they are very scrappy.
    I’d like to write a recipe book which only contains meals that are both vegetarian and gluten free. I often find veggie recipes and also make a point of storing any gluten free meal ideas but trying to find recipes which are both is a nightmare.
    My current stack of recipes are meaty dishes where I’ve crossed out the meat and substituted quorn or soya mince, or pasta / pizza / pie recipes where I’ve substituted gluten free versions for the traditional ingredients.
    Trying to keep them all straight is definitely a challenge – I can never find the one I’m looking for so we usually end up eating something completely different to what I planned 😉

  73. susan willshee says:

    I’ve tweeted your competition @susanwillshee

  74. susan willshee says:

    Have liked snapfish on twitter @susanwillshee

  75. susan willshee says:

    ….and already follow you on twitter @susanwillshee

  76. liz martens says:

    i would write a book on how to satisfy hungry toddlers on a tight budget, but using all lovely healthy ingredients

  77. Andrew Timms says:

    A book where there was a large research and travel budget to explore and write about exotic and delicious recipes of the world

  78. Prerna Gupta says:

    I would like to write a recipe book about healthy and delicious vegetarian meals from all over the world, as being a vegetarian I am frequently asked do I not get bored of vegetables..the answer is not at all..there are so many colorful vegetables ,beans and pulses to try…so I have tried my recipes on meat lovers and they were absolute hit. they just kept asking for more every time I made those tried and tested recipes..I have even taken the pictures of those dishes..I would love to spread those recipes to every body so that everyone can have their 5 a day in a delicious way…

  79. Greg says:

    a recipe for disaster

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