[Table of Contents] [Search]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: Place to start...?

At 07:24 PM 9/4/97 +0100, you wrote:

Just FYI, recipes, like the alphabet cannot be copyrighted - "collections"
of recipes may be, but not the individual ones.

>Try 'Hand Made Books' by Rob Shepherd. I can't give you an ISBN because I
>just borrow it from the library every few weeks. It tells you enough to
>start from scratch with reasonable confidence, and to give you an appetite
>to do more.
>Last Christmas I decided to produce a cookbook of 'family favourite
>recipes'. My sons chose the recipes and typed them, and I did the lay out,
>printing and binding, The little book ran to about 28 pages, laser printed
>and then photocopied. It was case bound, using mounting board, which is
>probably a little too lightweight, but worked fine as the book was so small
>(about 3/4 the size of a standard paperback). I stitched it, glued the
>spine, lined it with a stiffened webbing, made marbled paper for the
>endpapers, printed the cover design on bright red craft paper, (that was
>tricky, working out positioning and allowing for 'stretch' when the paper
>was pasted). I also bought some brightly coloured tape... bother, can't
>remember the right name for it, the stuff that sits at the top of the
>spine... and some coloured ribbon for a bookmark.
>I have no specialist equipment. I made a press by drilling four holes in two
>pieces of plastic veneered board and buying some bolts to put through.
>Otherwise, I cut up newspaper, bought some siliconised baking parchment and
>found my old craft knives and cutting board at the back of a cupboard.
>The printed text was embellished with hand written comments, explaining why
>the recipes worked for us, and my sons wrote a spoof 'blurb' for the back
>cover. Apart from that, we didn't work too hard to 'personalise' it. Our
>taste in recipes is weird enough to make it completely unique.
>I used PVA glue, and only the spine ribbon (what do you call that stuff?)
>came from a specialist supplier. I'd imagine you could find something
>suitable in any haberdashers, if you didn't have access to the exact thing.
>All in all, we made twelve copies, and probably spent around 12 hours on the
>'handcrafts' side of it. I was very pleased with the result, and quite proud
>to wrap them up and give them to people. I didn't keep one myself, so have
>no idea how they've stood up to life in the kitchen. Being English, my
>friends and family didn't enthuse much. I would imagine if I'd given the
>books to American friends, as I have in the past with bound versions of
>their own stories and the like, I'd have been overwhelmed with appreciation.
>As for copyright of the recipes, I didn't worry too much, since they were
>all things we'd cooked so many times, we'd adapted them pretty substantially
>over the years, if we hadn't made them up ourselves to start with. But I
>don't *know* what the legal situation is. I'd have been a lot more careful
>if I was selling the book.
>Best of luck if you do try it. It was great fun, and I'd repeat it if I
>could think of another idea to bind. I've considered birthday books, address
>books, diaries, but I liked your idea of coupons for favours.
David Adams in Maryland

[Subject index] [Index for current month] [Table of Contents] [Search]