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For this final project, you will create an 8-page, full-bleed COOKBOOK BOOKLET, with your choice of food theme.

  • NOTE – This is not a traditional FINAL Project. But it is worth more points than our other projects: 25 points this time for your early draft, and 75 points for the final. It will challenge you to grow further as a print designer. It is the largest design of the quarter, with the most pages (but don’t worry, they are fairly small pages), and will require you to learn and implement more useful InDesign tools and features.
  • Remember – Strive to keep your content clean and non-offensive to others. 
  • Remember – All layout including creation of type elements must be done in Adobe InDesign!



READ the document provided in the Module: Binding and Booklets.PDF– a guide to options for binding print projects, and important concepts and terminology for understanding the construction of a booklet.

Your Final Cookbook Pages will need to meet the following requirements:


  • WIDTH: 5 inches
  • HEIGHT: 7.5 inches
  • PORTRAIT orientation
  • 8 Pages, CHECK Facing box
  • MARGINS: 0.5 inch on all sides, or other if you choose to have smaller or larger margins
  • BLEED: 0.125 inch on all sides


  • You may use your own recipe text and images, but it’s likely you’ve never created your very own recipes. So you have 2 other options:
    1. Come up with your own recipe titles – ie. “Bacon Cheeseburger” or “Shrimp Carbonara”…, but use Lorem Ipsum text for the recipe text itself- ingredients and directions. 
    2. OR – you may use recipe text you find online, but understand that you are using COPYRIGHTED text. If you use copyrighted text, you should never profit from your design, and never publish your designs online except as student work in say, a portfolio. Fair Use Principles protect students from copyright infringement in these cases. Always credit the author. You can credit the author or website where you got recipe text at the bottom of each recipe, or at the back of the booklet or on the Table of Contents page if all the recipes are from one source.
      • If you use recipe text from an online recipe site, DO NOT use the web-sized images that come along with those recipes! They are usually not large enough to be printed at a decent size at 300ppi. Find other high-quality/print-resolution-sized images to use that look at least somewhat like the food in your recipe. has many free Royalty-Free print-quality images of foods and dishes of foods.
      • NOTE: Booklet pages are smaller than average pages. More complex recipes with lots of ingredients and instructions may not fit on a booklet-sized page, so try to choose recipes with less text overall to lay out. You can do a drinks recipe booklet, or smoothies or snacks…these things usually have less ingredients and fewer instructions. 


  • TEXT Requirements:
    • Your FRONT COVER PAGE must feature a main title that describes the recipes contained in your cookbook.
    • Page 2 must be a Table of Contents (see below about using the required Automated Table of Contents)
    • Page 3 through 7 (5 pages), must feature one recipe per page that includes the following:
      • A recipe title/name
      • A list of ingredients in a highly readable 11-14 pt type 
      • A list of instructions for making the recipe in a highly readable 11-14pt type
        • TEXT NOTE 1: Fonts are not all the same size at say, 12 point, so I’m giving a range. But you are shooting for a good paragraph-reading size for recipe ingredient and instruction text. In some fonts, 14 point may be too LARGE. 11-12pt  is a more typical size for reading.
        • TEXT NOTE 2: All equivalent categories of text must be the same size from recipe page to page, so for example, instructions text must be the same point size for every recipe, recipe titles the same size for all recipes… You must edit recipe text to fit on each page at that chosen font size!
    • BACK COVER PAGE must feature appropriate images/graphics and a summary paragraph about the cookbook.
    • Paragraph Styles – at least 3 custom-named paragraph styles must be created in the Paragraph Styles Panel, AND applied to text elements on your recipe pages. One paragraph style must be made for RECIPE TITLES on each page, and that style must not be applied to anything other than those recipe titles.
  • TEXT NOTE 3:  DO NOT CREATE OUTLINES for ANY of the text on the inner pages of your cookbook (It’s OK to outline type on the front and back cover). When you create outlines, type turns to shape and is no longer linked to any styles in your Paragraph Style panel. Yes, your fonts will likely NOT be there for me when I open your InDesign document, but that’s OK. I will have your PDF with fonts preserved to view your design with the intended fonts. 
  • PROOF all text in your magazine for spelling, formatting, punctuation, and grammar.
  • IMAGE Requirements:
    • You must have at least one Royalty-Free Photograph or Illustration for EACH recipe page, and the front and back cover must also have images or art as part of the designs.
    • Shapes may be used to add color, define spaces, or add decorative elements.
    • All photographic images must be processed to 300ppi in Photoshop first via IMAGE>IMAGE SIZE (remember to UNCHECK resample!)
    • All art must be placed as a LINK in InDesign via FILE>PLACE (NO embedded images)
    • All art must maintain at least 300 EFFECTIVE PPI and maintain aspect ratio/proportions where appropriate in InDesign


  • Full-Bleed – the document must be set up for bleed, and some art must extend out to the red bleed lines in InDesign.
  • Use of PARENT PAGES, previously known as Master PagesALERT: In 2022, Adobe replaced the name “Master” with “Parent” in InDesign, in an effort to be more sensitive to users. The lecture video will show you how to use the A-Master pages, but now you will click on the A-Parent pages to use this feature. All functionality and all locations are still the same; just the name is different.
    • Using the Pages Panel, you must place at least ONE graphic element (shape, image, line) on the A-Parent spread, and Automatic Page Numbers must be placed on BOTH pages of the A-Parent/Master spread. Drag the NONE page in the Pages Panel down to pages which you do NOT want the A-Parent/Master applied to (usually, your front and back pages, and page 2 – the Table of Contents page).
    • More on Automatic Page Numberscreate text frames aligned to the upper or lower center or outside corners of your A-Parent spread. Get your cursor active inside a text frame, and in the main menu, go to Type>Insert Special Character>Markers>Current Page Number. An “A” will appear in the text box. You may style this “A” for font, size, and color, but do NOT change it to any other character! Go back out to your regular pages by double clicking on a page in the Pages Panel, and you will see the A turn into a page number.
    • Automatic Page Number OVERRIDES – Sometimes the auto page number isn’t what we want it to be. To change the auto page numbering so only the FIVE actual recipe pages are numbered 1 thru 5, go to the Pages Panel and select Page 3 (the first recipe page) – that should be the only page highlighted in blue. From the panel’s drop-down menu, click to UNCHECK Allow Document Pages to Shuffle. Then click the drop-down menu again, and choose Numbering and Section Options. Click to choose Start Page Numbering at: 1, and under Section Prefix, type an “a”. Click OK. 
  • Automated Table of Contents On the second InDesign page, create a Table of Contents for your 5 recipes, using INDD’s automated TOC feature, found under Layout>Table of Contents (to function correctly, all Recipe Titles must have only ONE Paragraph Style applied to them that is not applied to any other text element).

SAVING – Early Draft:

  • Save a native INDD file for yourself – like always! Keep it inside your working project folder with its linked images.

Just Like Mom’s


Th e lazy days of summer call for
cuisine that’s carefree, too. So it’s no
surprise that picnics are a popular
choice when the weather warms.

Pack up your baskets with these easy
picnic recipes from Just Like Mom’s!
From delicious sandwiches to tasty
salads to fruit-fi lled desserts, we have
the perfect picnic food for your next
alfresco summer outing.


Table of Contents

Pagoda Salad ………………………………………. 1
Midwest Deviled Eggs ………………………….. 2
Italian Sandwich ………………………………….. 3
Th e Devil Wears Fruit Dessert Pizza ……… 4
Fresh Squeezed Blackberry Lemonade …… 5

Picnic Recipes


Fresh Squeezed
Blackberry Lemonade
About 7 Lemons (1 1/2 cups juice); zest of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 cup Sugar
2+5 cups Water
1 pint Blackberries

1. Juice the lemons. Remove the seeds, straining the pulp

if desired.
2. Heat sugar and 2 cups water to boiling and stir to

dissolve all of the sugar. Let cool to room temperature,
then refrigerate for at least a half hour.

3. Puree about 1 cup blackberries and strain seeds if de-

4. Mix lemon juice, sugar water, remaining water and
blackberry puree. Refrigerate until chilled.

(Makes 9 cups)

Just Like Mom’s


The Devil Wears
Fruit Dessert Pizza

Frozen pie crust, baked according to product instruc-
6 oz Cream cheese
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
Strawberries, sliced
Cantaloupe, chopped
Kiwi, sliced
Blueberries, whole

1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar.
2. Add vanilla.
3. Spread mixture over cooled crust.
4. Arrange fruit slices and chill.

(8 servings)

Picnic Recipes


Pagoda Salad
1 (8-oz) package Quinoa Pagodas
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
2 Tbs Plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tsp Unfi ltered apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 cup Shelled edamame, steamed and chilled
1 Red bell pepper, freshly roasted, chilled, diced
2 Scallions, thinly sliced
2 Tbs Minced pickled green tomatoes

1. Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain.

Return the pasta to the pan.
2. Whisk together mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, and mus-

tard in a small bowl; chill.
3. Combine the pasta, edamame, bell pepper, scallions,

and pickled green tomatoes.
4. Stir in the mayonnaise mixture just before serving.

Adjust seasoning, and serve.

(6 servings)

Just Like Mom’s


Midwest Deviled Eggs
6 Hard-cooked eggs
2 Tbs Miracle Whip
1 1/2 tsp Prepared yellow mustard
2 tsp Cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp Light brown sugar
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
2 tsp Hopped green onion

1. Peel eggs, cut in half, and mash yolks in a bowl.
2. Combine mashed yolks with Miracle Whip and mus-

tard. Stir in vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, and
green onion.

3. Fill the whites evenly with the mixture and garnish
each egg with a sprinkle of chopped green onion.

(12 servings)

Picnic Recipes


Italian Sandwich
1 loaf Ciabatta bread, cut in half horizontally
1 cup Pesto
8 slices Salami
4 slices Prosciutto
12 oz jar Roasted red peppers, drained, and sliced
2 balls Fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
8 slices Provolone cheese
12 Basil leaves

1. Slather pesto on both sides of the bread.
2. Using the bottom half as the base, build the sandwich

by layering salami, prosciutto, roasted red peppers,
fresh mozzarella, provolone cheese, and fresh basil

3. Cut whole sandwich into 4 separate/evenly sized large
sandwiches, or 8 small sandwiches. Wrap in parch-
ment paper, and tie with a string.

(8 servings)

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