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May 23, 2012

How to create a recipe book in Pages

by Stephen Ashby

File away your family food favourites by creating a recipe template

How to create a recipe book in PagesHow to create a recipe book in PagesAnyone who likes to cook will have a drawer full of recipes scribbled down on scraps of paper, so why not use Pages to collate them into your very own bespoke recipe book? Whether it’s recipes found on the internet, made up yourself or secret family recipes that have been passed down through generations, it’s easy to make sense of your notes. It’s simply a matter of taking a photograph of the dish and adding the text. Then, by using the tools in Pages, you can make it look stylish and professional. Even if you’re not a master chef yourself, this app will make an ideal present for the cook in your family. Once you have a template saved, you can add recipes whenever you want. You can also make pages more dynamic by changing the colours or by moving the images around. When you have a few, why not print them out and bind them into a book? Or you could even paste them to card for your own special recipe cards.How to create a recipe book in Pages

How to create a recipe book in Pages1: Start designing

Open Pages and choose a blank template. We’ve selected the landscape format. Create a frame for the page by using the Shape tool.

How to create a recipe book in Pages2: Delete outline

Fill the shape with your choice of colour. It may have a black keyline. Remove this by selecting None from the drop-down menu at the top of the interface.

How to create a recipe book in Pages3: Add another shape

Add another shape slightly smaller than the first and select a paler colour. Use the Graphic Inspector to add a stroke to make it stand out.

How to create a recipe book in Pages4: Add pictures

Drag and drop an image from the Media palette onto the layout and select Mask from the Format menu. Drag the corners to crop the image.

How to create a recipe book in Pages5: Text

Now we can start incorporating some text. Tap the Text box icon at the top of the interface and key in the title of your recipe.

How to create a recipe book in Pages6: Formatting text

Format the text by increasing the size; as the title, we want it to stand out. Choose a font and change the colour so that it suits the background.

How to create a recipe book in Pages7: Details

Add another text box and add details such as how many it serves. Choose a more legible font and use different weights and colour to make the data clear.

How to create a recipe book in Pages8: Title

Cut and paste the title box, make the text smaller and type in ‘Ingredients’. Add a text box underneath and use the small body copy to list the ingredients.

How to create a recipe book in Pages9: Method

Repeat the last step for the Method and add any extra details. Save and export as a PDF, or print it out. Once you have a few, bind together to make a book.

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How to create a recipe book in Pages

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    • I just love the thought of making a family recepie book to pass one, unfortunately my gran mother who was a role model to me, and a chef assistan back in 1930 in TIVOLI in Copenhagen did not write down any of here recepies, but as i´m a chef myself i remember most of them, and now i need to make a digital recipie book for the family, and for my customers. thanks for the leson. pleas look at the pictures on my website

    • Mary justice

      Great instructions! Printable format would be nice.

    • Darby

      Hurrah, that’s what I was exploring for, what a stuff! existing here at this web site, thanks admin of this website.

    • Camilla Hansen

      My mother once worked at Tivoli!!

    • butsha

      Thanks so much for the instructions.

    • Rg Top

      where can I download this program?

    • iCreate Magazine

      You can grab it from the Mac App Store – the app has been updated since this tutorial was published but it mostly the same. A few menus may have moved, however.

    • Melissa Rachal Kidder

      I used Command P to print it.