custom recipe book + supply box

Absolutely Extraordinary recipe book

I am by no means a master chef. I pin and read blogs with amazing-looking recipes, but when it comes to actually making food, I usually default to spaghetti or taco salad. However, there are a few special recipes I’ve found over the years—through family, the internet, or random experimentation—that have become our little family’s favorites.

When a dear friend got married recently, I tried to think of something I would have wanted when Ben and I got married, and I realized that even now I don’t have all my go-to recipes in one place. SO I decided to remedy this situation and in the process create a custom wedding gift for one of my very best friends!

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I gathered 28 of our favorites and sorted them into categories. Then I created a recipe book template in Adobe InDesign (my beloved 8×8″ size, naturally). The time-consuming part was copying all the recipe text or typing it up, then editing everything for typos and consistency. I really wanted to include photos, but I was too impatient to wait the time it would take to make each dish and take pictures, so I went with recipes (and the occasional helpful hint) only, at least for this first version.

Absolutely Extraordinary recipe book

Once it was complete, I uploaded jpegs of each page (also time consuming) to Shutterfly, and had it printed up as a photo book! Before I shipped it off to my friend, I took a few pictures of the end product, then packaged it up with a few less-common kitchen tools (spaetzle maker, melon baller, cheese cloth, and citrus juicer) required in some of the recipes in the book.

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And now that all the hard parts are done, I can eventually add pictures and adapt the idea for future gifts! Yay!

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