How it Works

About Cookbook Create

What is Cookbook Create?

Cookbook Create is an online community where you can collect, organize and share recipes and publish personalized cookbooks — delivered right to your home.

What can I do on Cookbook Create?

Cookbook Create allows you to organize recipes and publish your own cookbooks.
On Cookbook Create, you can organize your recipes into collections — both recipes you add to the website and ones from other users that you find in the Recipe Exchange.

Creating and managing your account

How do I create an account?

Just go to our home page — www.cookbookcreate.com and fill out the Sign Up form! Once you've filled out the information on the home page, you will be taken to a more a more detailed form to fill out and once that's done, you'll be able to start uploading and saving all the recipes you want.

Can I login with Facebook?

You can log in to your Cookbook Create account through Facebook. To do so, click on the arrow next to your username, located at the top right of the page. This will navigate you to the "My Account" page, where you can select the option "Connect to Facebook."

Can I create an account if I don't use Facebook?

Yes, you can create an account if you are not a Facebook user. Just go to our home page — www.cookbookcreate.com and fill out the Sign Up form. Once you've filled out the information on the home page, you will be taken to a more a more detailed form to fill out and once that's done, you'll be able to start uploading and saving all the recipes you want.

How do I upload a photo to my profile?

To upload a photo, log in and simply click on the arrow next to your username, located at the top right of the page. Select "Profile" from the drop-down menu. Next to "Profile Photo," click the "Choose Photo" button and select an image file from your computer.

How do I change my profile picture?

To change your profile picture, click on the arrow next to your username, located at the top right of the page. Select "Profile" from the drop-down menu. Next to "Profile Photo," click the "Choose Photo" button and select an image file from your computer. This will replace your current profile picture with the one that you upload.

How do I add a bio to my profile?

To add or change your profile bio, click on the arrow next to your username, located at the top right of the page. Select "Profile" from the drop-down menu. Enter your bio the text box marked "Bio." Once you click "Save User," your profile will be updated.

How do I manage my email preferences?

To manage your email preferences, click on the arrow next to your username, located at the top right of the page. Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu. This will navigate you to the "My Account" page, where you have multiple options for email preferences, where you can choose what suits you best.

How do I log out?

You can log out of your account by clicking on the arrow next to your username, located at the top right of the page and selecting "Log Out" from the drop-down menu.

Adding a recipe

How do I add a recipe?

You must be logged in to save a recipe to the site. To upload a recipe, click on "Recipe Exchange" in the main navigation bar at the top of the page. Once you're in the Recipe Exchange, click on "Add A Recipe" in the left sidebar of the page. A window called "Edit Recipe" will appear – this is where you will add your recipe.
Give your recipe a name by entering it in the "Recipe Title" box. Then fill out the rest of the form with the details of your recipe. Don't forget to add a description to your recipe (feel free to get creative!) so other members can discover the recipes you love.
You can also add a photo along with your recipe by clicking "Add Recipe Pictures" under the empty photo window. To add your recipe, click "Save Recipe" in the bottom right corner of the page.

What is the recipe description for?

The recipe description is the best way to share your recipes with other Cookbook Create members. A thoughtful descriptions makes it easier for everyone to discover your amazing recipes.

Do I need to have a photo to upload a recipe?

We do encourage you to add photos to make your recipe even more special, but you are not required to upload a photo to add a recipe. If you choose not to add a picture along with your recipe, your recipe will appear in your profile with a "No Picture" label, but it will be omitted from the "Community Recipes" page. You can always add a picture later!

Can I rearrange the order of the ingredients in a recipe I submitted?

You can rearrange the order of your ingredients by rolling your cursor over that ingredient's text box, holding down the move cursor and dragging the ingredient to where you would like it to go.

How can I edit a recipe that I've already saved?

To edit a recipe that you have already submitted, make sure you are in the Recipe Exchange. In the left sidebar, click the "My Recipe Collections" tab. You will be navigated to a page that reads, "All of My Recipes," where all of the recipes that you have collected and saved will appear. With your cursor, roll over the recipe that you want to edit and click "Edit." You will be navigated to the "Edit Recipe" page where you can make any changes to your recipe. When you are satisfied with the changes you have made, click "Save Recipe" at the bottom right hand side of the page.

Can I delete a recipe that I have already submitted or collected?

You do have the option to delete recipes from your recipe collections. To do so, make sure you are in the Recipe Exchange. In the lefthand side bar, click "My Recipe Collections" and you will be navigated to a page that read, "All of My Recipes," where all of the recipes that you have collected will appear. Roll over the recipe that you wish to get rid of with your cursor and click, "Delete."

Creating and managing collections

How do I create a collection of recipes?

To create a recipe collection, you must be on the "Recipe Exchange" page. Under "My Recipe Collection" in the lefthand sidebar, there should be an item that says "Add New Collection." If that is not visible, click the arrow to the right of the words "My Recipe Collection" and it should become visible. Click "Add New Collection," and a text box will appear. Simply type in the name of your new collection and click add.

How do I save a recipe to a collection?

When in the Recipe Exchange, simply roll your cursor over the recipe that you would like to add to a collection. A drop down menu will appear, giving you the ability to add it to any collection that you want.

How do I organize recipes I have already saved without a collection?

To organize recipes, go to the "Recipe Exchange" page and click on "My Recipe Collections." You will be navigated to a page that reads, "All of My Recipes," where all of the recipes that you have collected will appear. To add a recipe to one of your collections, simply roll your cursor over the recipe you wish to organize. You will see three options, one of them being "Drag to add to recipe collection." To add a recipe to a specified collection, simply hold down that recipe with your cursor, then drag it and drop it into a collection from your left side bar.
You can also do this from the "Community Recipes" page in the Recipe Exchange.

Privacy of recipes

If my recipes are public, what are my rights?

If you have uploaded a recipe into the recipe exchange under the "Community Recipe" preference, your recipes will become part of the Cookbook Create public community. Other users can save your recipes to their collections and publish them in cookbooks. Of course, your original recipe will always be credited to you and visible on your profile under your username.

Is there a way to make my recipes private?

Yes. You can set recipes to private when adding them from the "Add a Recipe" button in the Recipe Exchange. Toward the bottom of the form, there is a section labeled, "Who can view your recipe?" To set your recipe to private, click "Only Me" and the recipe will only be available to you.
You can also change the default setting of your new recipes to private by clicking on the arrow next to your username, located at the top right of the page and selecting "Settings" from the drop-down menu. You'll be taken to your "Account Settings" page, where you can select "Private" in the "Recipe Sharing" field and then clicking "Save Settings" in the bottom righthand corner of the field.

Cookbook Create community/Recipe Exchange

What is the Recipe Exchange?

The Recipe Exchange is an online community where you can collect recipes that others have uploaded and organize your favorites. We depend on our users to submit. You can add photos to the recipes that you share for an even better community experience.

Who sees recipes that I post to the community?

Any user that is a part of the Cookbook Create community can see recipes you post to the community stream, as long as they have been set to public.

Can other members use recipes that I post to the exchange?

Other users may add your recipes to their collections and integrate them into their cookbooks and collections as well. The original recipe that you posted, however, will always be tied to your username.

Can I add a photo to a recipe that another Cookbook Create community member has added?

Yes, you do have the option to add a photo to a recipe that another Cookbook Create community member has added. To do so, click on the recipe of your choice from the Recipe Exchange. You will then be navigated to that recipe's main page, where you can click "Add a Recipe Picture" under the actual photo. This is done the same way you would add a photo when submitting your own recipe.

Shared collections

What is a shared collection?

A shared collection is a collection of recipes that multiple Cookbook Create community members can edit and add recipes to.

How do I create a shared collection?

Currently, our shared collection feature is not live. As soon as it's live, there will be a tutorial on how to use it!

Starring recipes

What does it mean to star a recipe?

When you star a recipe, you are giving that recipe a rating. The rating can be based on whatever criteria you want, whether or not the end product was good, whether the recipe was clear and easy to follow, just be sure to leave a comment to explain your rating.

How do I get stars?

Other members of the Cookbook Create community can show their appreciation for your recipe by "Starring" your recipe.

Creating a cookbook

How do I create a cookbook?

To create a cookbook, in the navigation across the top of the page, click "Cookbooks." You will be taken to a page listing all of your cookbooks. At the top of the page, there's a button that says "Make a new cookbook," click that and you'll be led through the process of creating a cookbook!

What happens once I've created my cookbook?

Once you are happy with the design of your cookbook, just click "Next Step: Preview and Publish." You'll be sent an email within the hour to see the preview of your cookbook. Make you sure you review your cookbook before purchasing to make sure you're happy with it! Then go ahead and purchase your newly made cookbook!

How much does a cookbook cost?

A cookbook that is 28 pages, which is the minimum number of pages, costs $35, one that is up to 48 pages costs $42 and one that is up to 98 pages is a steal at $54.

Can I add a whole collection of recipes to my cookbook?

Not yet! Currently, recipes must be added one by one, but coming soon, you'll be able to add whole collections to your cookbooks and create cookbooks from your collection pages.

Can I edit a cookbook I previously made?

Yes, you can edit a cookbook you previously made. If you click on the "Cookbooks" tab in the top navigation, you will be redirected to a page that lists all of your previously made cookbooks. Under each listed cookbook, there is a button that says, "Edit Cookbook." Click that and you'll be taken through the process of editing your book.

Can I delete a cookbook I previously made?

Yes, you can delete a cookbook you previously made. If you click on the "Cookbooks" tab in the top navigation, you will be redirected to a page that lists all of your previously made cookbooks. Under each listed cookbook, there is a button that says, "Delete Cookbook," once you click it, you will be prompted to make sure you really want to delete it. Click "OK" and your cookbook will be deleted.

Payment and shipping

What forms of payment does Cookbook Create accept?

We accept American Express, Visa, Mastercard and PayPal. We do not accept cash, checks or money orders.

Do you ship internationally?

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer international shipping but will ship anywhere within the United States.

Do you ship to the continental U.S.?

Yes, we ship to anywhere in the U.S.

Do you ship to P.O. Boxes?

Unfortunately, we do not currently ship to P.O. Boxes.

How long will it take to get my cookbook?

Once you've ordered your cookbook, standard delivery time is 4 – 6 weeks. Your cookbook will take two weeks to process and print, and standard shipping is 5 – 7 days.

SXSW Cookbook

What is the SXSW Cookbook?

In celebration of our launch at the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival, Cookbook Create has teamed up with SXSW to create a cookbook of recipes from previous SXSW Interactive speakers. It has everyone from Dennis Crowley, the creator of Foursquare to Randi Zuckerberg, the former marketing director of Facebook.

When can I buy the SXSW Cookbook?

You can pre-order your copy today! The book will be available for delivery or pick up at the SXSW bookstore in March of 2014. If you pre-order two copies today, you get the third free!