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Making a recipe book

340 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 25, 2013 12:38 PM by PeterBreis0807 RSS
Freeman3030 Calculating status...
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May 14, 2013 4:29 PM

Hi all,

I want all of my recipies in one place and have thought about typing them up in pages and saving it on icloud so I can use my iPad as a cook book in the kitchen.

My goal is to have each recipe on its own page, so if a recipe takes up 3/4 of a page I have to press 'return' until I get onto a fresh page. This is ok if I keep tacking recipies on the end of the book, but I want them in order. So if I get a nice starter recipe - I want it at the front of the book which throws the rest of the book because I've 'returned' to the bottom of each page, so I'm forever correcting it. Also if I alter or add to a recipe I have to backspace the returns because the recipies shift all over the place. I hope i've written that in an understandable way! Help!

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,250 points)
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    May 14, 2013 5:38 PM (in response to Freeman3030)

    If you look under the Insert menu you will see several options including Column Break, Page Break and Section Break, all of which will work depending how you have laid out your document.



  • Alice1968 Calculating status...
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    Aug 25, 2013 11:31 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Is there an app that allows me to scan in my recipes and then organize them? I have WAY too many to type in, and I just want to organize them by a "recipe book!!"

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,250 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 11:55 AM (in response to Alice1968)

    That is called Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and many Printer/Scanners (like Hewlett Packards) come with this as part of their software. I assume you do not mean handwritten recipes.


    In practice this is not as magic, nor fast as you would like. Using Siri or Dragon Dictate for dictation may be better.


    There is a lot of dedicated recipe software, you might like to look at those as well.



  • Alice1968 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 12:29 PM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    The software i see needs the recipes to be typed in. Yes, I am talking about recipes that are hand written that I can scan and have them organized as in a recipe book.

    So far, I have been scanning each recipe into a folder on my desk top; multiple folders, each one named for each category (i.e. salads, beverages, main dishes....etc.)

    I dont want to print anything. I want to open my kitchen computer and cook from one of MY recipies. I dont even need an index to find a recipe. I will just scroll thru the folder until I find the one I want.

    I just thought there would be an easier way to do this!!!

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,250 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 12:38 PM (in response to Alice1968)

    Scan the recipes to pdfs, then drag them all into a pdf file in


    Just be systematic about sizing, resolution and names of the scans.


    Do you have an iPhone or iPod Touch? You can just photograph all the recipes and collate them into a pdf file. That's way faster than scanning. Scanners are generally total and utter dogs.




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