There are quite the options to choose from in the world of vegan cookbooks. For starters, you have meal types from everything from a simple vegan cookbooks, cookbooks with transitioning tips, sweet recipes, savory recipes, books for families, nutrient-dense cookbooks, raw food cookbooks, etc. Depending on your personal nutrition needs, cooking preferences, time to prepare meals, or your experience with plant-based foods, you will need something different; you  may even need a mix of many to really benefit from using cookbooks at all. With the benefits of the Internet, we now have more access to vegan (and even just plant-powered) recipes than ever before, allowing us to actually get by without any cookbooks at all. We can pin them, print them, do whatever we want with them. Best of all, we can pick which ones work best for us on all levels.

But there’s something about having a cookbook that just doesn’t compare to seeing them online. Perhaps for those that love books, this comes from the tangibility of a handheld book, the pictures, the experience of food through another person’s words and art. It opens our minds to new ideas that we can open a the drop of a hat, however our appetites need on a particular day. But if you have a lack of space, not a great deal of money to spend on a variety, or aren’t the type to pick up a cookbook ever again once you’ve bought it, then you might need a different option. For those of you that fit this description, or just love to be creative, why not make your own vegan cookbooks instead?

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Making your own vegan cookbook is really easier than you think. Here are five tips to make yours today!

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1. Find Your Favorite Recipes Online

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First, start with the huge worldwide web and get searching! Whether on our site, Pinterest, recipe blogs, or wherever else you find vegan recipes, find your favorites and either save them to Pocket, to Pinterest, or file them in another method however you prefer. When you’ve got enough to suit your tastes, meal preferences, and have some that meet your schedule needs, you’re set to proceed ahead. 

2. But Wait … Try a Few Out First!

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Before you go any further, try a few of the recipes out first (better yet if you can try them all out first) because you might not actually enjoy them once you’ve made them, might find them to timely, or you just might not have a need for them like you first imagined. Trying them out first prevents you from putting them in a cookbook and never returning to them again (like you would do with typical recipes in some cookbooks you don’t really enjoy). Make your cookbook count by only including the best recipes for you.

3. Now, Print Them, Type Them, or Write Them Out

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While you could create a virtual cookbook and store it on your phone, the idea of making a vegan cookbook is to have them in your home like a hardbook copy. So, print them out or if you hate printing things, type them out, or write them out and replace the photos with your own that you take. This provides two options: if you’re crafty and into photography, you’ll easily be able to write the recipes down in a journal style scrapbook and simply use your own photos (which might be more realistic to how they look anyway.) However, if you’re busy and on the go all the time, printing them out makes more sense. Place them in laminated sheets in a binder and organize with tabs as you wish. You can always scratch through things (ingredients, brands recommended, extra tips, etc.) as you go. 

4. Protect Them

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Don’t just leave your recipes in a file folder you’ll never get to. These end up being trashed or lost, not used. Protect them and give them their own binder, journal, notebook, etc. Remember, this is your personal cookbook so protect it just like you would a real book: properly, not set aside with your bill folders or to-do lists. Or, if you’re more preferable to the virtual option, store them on a tablet in an app that lets you file your own recipes and organize them. 

5. Make Changes As You Go

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Maybe after a few shots at a recipe, you find it’s not for you. That’s okay … toss it and move on. You can always replace it later and find something more suitable to your style and tastes. Or, if you find that maybe the idea of eating raw appeals to you more through recipe photos than the actual meals do, or that all those slow-cooker recipes really aren’t necessary, you can make changes as needed. It’s your cookbook which means you can do with it as you wish, trade it out a hundred or more times if you want, and customize it over the years to work for you. 

Ready to get started? How about with the largest database of vegan recipes on the Internet today? See our recipe section and hop to it!

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