Joey’s 200-page, hardcover, full
color cookbook cost $47.95. Granted, that’s no bargain. But if
I just want to print a few books for my family and a few friends, around
$50 is a deal.
I got so excited that I decide to make a small book to test Blurb’s
software. I‘m sticking with Blurb because it specializes in cookbooks
and offers a custom template for fill-in-the-blank recipes, according
to a page on its website. (Beware.
Both the cookbook spreads displayed on this page and the ones
Samples,” were designed in PhotoShop. Gourmet Gatherings was professionally
On the company’s website, I select a 10 x 8-inch hardcover,
full color book of about 120 pages. My base cost is $37.95 per book. Books
can be printed in many formats and hold a maximum of 400 pages.The fee
includes quality gloss paper, any color background I want, the ability
to insert unlimited photos and a custom dust jacket.
Next I download Blurb’s latest free BookSmart software. I save it
to my hard drive, and now I can fool with it for as long as I want to
create the book.