About us

Create a Cookbook is a "self-publishing" cookbook company helping schools, organisations, clubs and individuals create beautiful cookbooks. Most of our book range are glued AND stitched making sure they last the test of time. Whether a fundraiser or memento, we guide you through 3 "easy-to-follow" steps. Quality is everything and we have earned a reputation of producing cookbooks that rival any professional cookbook you buy in shops or online.

From start to finish

Turnaround time starts from as little as 4 weeks for small cookbook projects and around 12-16 weeks for larger projects. Go as fast or as slow as you like.

Low risk, high returns

Make your cookbook fundraiser 100% risk free by incorporating sponsorship. Feedback shows us that local sponsors are happy to support local communities, as they feel they are also getting something in return. Aim high raising thousands of $$$$ for your cause.

Recipe template and submissions

Choose from over 800 font styles when setting up your master recipe template. Invite parents, family, friends or club members to submit their recipes via the online recipe form. Every recipe submitted is fed directly into the master recipe template saving you so much time collecting, typing, formatting and categorising them.

Templates & handy tools

Promote your cookbook using the pre-order forms, flyers, posters and sponsorship contracts we supply. Simply edit to suit and then email or print out.

Our range of cookbooks

Minimum print runs start from a little as 50 copies. There are 6 book sizes to choose from, A5 (14x21cm), small square (17x20cm), portrait (19x25cm), large square (21x25cm), A4 (21x29cm), and a luxurious coffee table cookbook size (25x28cm). Digital printing is for very small print runs of 50, 100 and 150. These book types are glued and stapled (except for wirebind). Offset printing starts from 200 copies and are glued and stitched.

Book styles

Choose from 5 different styles. Softcover, wire-bind softcover, wire-bind hardback, hardback and hardback/fabric combination.

Optional extras

Optional extras will give your cookbook an even more professional look. Include Spot UV where the text on the cover is slightly raised in a gloss finish. The softcover range offers flaps that fold into the inside front and back cover. Or maybe consider a dust jacket that wraps around both the softcover or hardback range. For that extra special touch, consider adding an elastic band or ribbon to the hardback range.

Ready to print artwork

Create a Cookbook accepts final “ready-to-print” artwork. Once you sign up, we can supply a blank InDesign Template if needed.  For all finished artwork submitted, discounts apply.

Designing your cookbook

We offer a wide range of designed templates. Feature one or a collection of images on a single page. Or choose a template with both a recipe and image on the same page. Other templates include, covers, chapter openers, history pages, conversion chart, foreword, contents page, sponsorship and much, much more.

Naming your cookbook

Get creative with the name of your cookbook. Need inspiration? Why not get your community involved and do a competition to name the cookbook.

Personal image library

There's no limit to the quantity of personal images you can place in your cookbook. We'll guide you to make sure the images you use in your cookbook are good quality when printed.

More than just a cookbook

Think about featuring images of your local area. You may be lucky enough to live in a tourist location. Or perhaps feature historical photos and the stories behind them. The possibilities are endless. We have lots of templates for you choose from.

1000’s of professional food images

Our food library database features over 10,000 professionally styled images and is growing all the time. All our images are free of charge and you can use as many as you like in your cookbook. Can't find an image to match your recipes, let us know and we'll do a search for you.

Beautiful backgrounds are free!

Spice up your cookbook by adding backgrounds images from our library. Choose from 1000’s of different backgrounds to feature behind your recipes.

Local ad directory

Adding a chapter at the back of your cookbook called "sponsorship directory" is the most popular way to pre-fund your fundraising cookbook project. Most local businesses are happy to support their local community, and in turn, they also benefit from advertising their business in your beautiful cookbook.

What are businesses prepared to pay?

Our motto is, start high, then negotiate, because if you start low, they may still want to negotiate a lower price. Over the years, creating cookbooks for schools, organisations and clubs, most achieved around 6 -7 pages of ads averaging around $1000 a page. On average the following ads can be charged as follows. Business cards - $125, quarter page - $250, half page - $500, full page - $1000 and back cover - $1500-$2000. We offer a sample contract template which you can edit to suit and we can also set up an online sponsorship form so that businesses can fill in their details and supply artwork directly via our website. Either of these methods, you always receive the payment from sponsorship directly.

Go for gold

Another option is to approach businesses to list their details in the following categories: Platinum and Gold in the front of your book as they pay the most; followed by Silver and Bronze in the back. Platinum would feature the largest font size.

Get creative, think outside the box

A great idea is to feature a chapter on local restaurants and cafes in your area. They can be either a single page or spread in your cookbook and include a blurb about their business and services, include a recipe from their menu as well as a photo of their restaurant and of the food.

Spot the ads?

Want to create a cookbook but don't want the ads to look so obvious. A really cool idea is to feature local businesses as "advertorials". These ads don't actually look like ads, so they flow inconspicuously throughout your cookbook. Our design templates allow you to feature a photo or more on a single page or spread and you can feature their business details in the top or bottom corner. You can also add a directory listing page at the back of your cookbook making it easy to locate the ad.

What's your ultimate goal?

We believe for those who are doing a fundraiser cookbook, the first thing you should ask is, “what are the total funds we would like to raise?” This way you can work out what book size to choose, finish type, number of pages, the amount of sponsorship to cover the costs and the selling price. Overall, this makes it easier for you to decide your final print run. Featured on our website is a profit calculator, click and download to find out what our recommendations are for print run, quantity pages and selling price. You can even work out your total profit by adding sponsorship quantity and amounts.

Quantity to print?

Final print run doesn't need to be decided until you sign off on your artwork. Other ways to help you make your final decision is to organise a competition within your school, organisation or club offering a great prize to any student or family member who pre-sell the most cookbooks before they arrive. Use the pre-order template we provide and maybe ask parents to take it to their workplace. This has been proven to be great alternative to the old box of chocolates. Also, feature your cover and some inside pages in your newsletter or school website after the you have signed off on your cookbook.

Selling the books

Many will buy on a pre-order basis, sight unseen, while others need to see a copy first. Building up hype as there is only a one-time limited amount to sell will help you to received maximum pre-sales. If your books are being sent via sea freight, you may consider ordering a few advanced copies (cost for airfreight applies). After the initial rush of cookbook sales, if you haven't sold them all initially, it’s important to keep up the momentum making sure you sell them all. On many occasions, we get feedback from customers wishing they had more as they have sold out and people are still wanting to buy them.

Testimonial results (some results include sponsorship)

Below is just a few results others have achieved. We think you’ll agree that doing a cookbook as a fundraiser has the potential of being your major fundraiser for the year.

Beecroft Public School NSW, $25 each, 700 students, 2000 small square hardback, profit $37,600
Brighton Primary School Vic, $35 each, 700 students, 1000 large softcover, profit $30,250
Broughton Anglican College NSW, $25 each, 800 students, 1000 small square softcover, profit $20,649
Canberra Grammar School ACT, $30 each, 900 students, 1000 large square softcover, profit $29,675

Holy Family Primary School QLD, $25 each, 300 students, 1000 large square softcover , profit $23,137
Holy Spirit School NSW, $20 each, 400 students, 750 small square softcover, profit $11,000
Laharum Primary School VIC, $25 each, 40 students, 750 students, small square softcover, profit $15,025
Laharum Primary School then requested a reprint of an extra 500 copies.
Mary Help of Christian School NSW, $20 each, 300 students, 500 large square softcover, profit $9,991

Masada College NSW, $35 each, 200 students, 1000 small square fabric combination, profit $28, 950
Mater Dei Primary School QLD, $20 each, 300 students, 1000 small square softcover, profit $23,675
Meadowbank Public School NSW, $29.95 each, 170 students, 750 large square fabric combo, profit $23, 975
Murwillumbah High School NSW, $25 each, 700 students, 1000 large softcover, profit $15,844

Penola Primary School SA, $20 each, 150 students, 500 small square softcover, profit $7,762
Port Fairy Consolidated VIC, $35, 140 students, 1000 A4 softcover, profit $27,700, *requested reprint 1000
St John’s Primary School Euroa VIC, $35 each, 250 students, 500 large fabric combination, profit $15,012
St. John’s Primary School Euroa VIC then requested a reprint of an extra 750 copies.
The Hamilton & Alexandria College VIC, $40, 400 students, 1500 large square softcocver, profit $59,000
The Hamilton & Alexandria College VIC, $40, 400 students then requested a reprint of an extra 1000 copies


Production Timeline

To work out a production timeline for your cookbook project, click on the pricing calculator on our website. Select the book and print quantity you would like to do. You will see that you can then work out the production timeline based on your calculation. Eg: If you have only just started collecting recipes, select "step 1 - requesting recipes". Type in your postcode and it will work out an estimated turnaround time. As this is an estimation only, some of the steps you may want to complete them sooner to speed up the process.

Customer support

The best way to contact us is via email. We usually answer emails by the very next day at the latest. Want to speak to someone direct? We are available to chat live between 9.30am -5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Simply leave a message on our voicemail, fill in the "contact us" form or email us on info@createacookbook.com.au to organise an appointment.

Start creating your cookbook today

Itching to get started! Great! Simply click SIGN UP and fill in the form and we'll set up an account for you. We just require a small deposit of $49.95 to get you started, but as soon as you go ahead we refund the deposit in full.

Contact details

Feel free to email us should you have any questions.

email: info@createacookbook.com.au

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