May 18, 2023
Welcome to another episode of the podcast. Today I wanted to share four tools that really helped me get organized when I wrote cookbook #1:
1. A dedicated notebook. I bought a new spiral-bound notebook (that I wouldn’t be afraid to mess up!) and used it to record everything: menus, meal plans, recipes, ideas, and inspirations for everything I cooked and baked. Since I enjoyed cooking and writing it was easy for me to write down all the things. Important point>> It’s not about the price or the style of the notebook that matters, but that you get in the habit of thinking to write everything down and that when you do all your notes are in one place.
2. A digital or physical folder to save labels, food bags, flattened packages, and boxes. When I’m in the recipe idea and development phase, I keep everything, sort of like a kitchen pack-rat. (After the project is finished, I throw everything away). You’ll be surprised how I refer back to a package, bag, box, or can size when I write my recipes. Alternatively, take a photo of the packaging and store it on your phone in a dedicated Google Drive or iCloud folder.
3. Google Sheets: Open a new spreadsheet and keep track of your recipe list here. I color-coded my spreadsheets to know what phase of recipe development or testing I was in with each recipe.
4. Google Docs or Word or Pages: Write a digital copy of each recipe. In the beginning, I saved each recipe in its own document and labeled the version of the recipe each time I saved the recipe.
5. Optional software: Scrivener.I used Scrivener to write three of my four cookbooks. I enjoyed the ability to work on each recipe as its own file and to add metadata about the progress for recipe testing and development.