A quick search in Google can result in thousands of recipes that fit every diet, budget, taste, and cooking ability, but once you find a recipe that you like, having it on hand and readily accessible makes cooking easier. Sure, you can always check your phone or laptop, but anyone who has tried to scroll through an ingredient list with butter and flour on their hands quickly realizes why paper cookbooks continue to be best sellers. When it comes to keeping your recipes in one place, we recommend an affordable and convenient recipe book.
Recipe books create a central hub for your favorite dishes. Ideal for gifts, including wedding showers, housewarmings and holidays, recipe books can be filled with family recipes that have been passed down through generations. For those who love home cooking, help them make any kitchen their home with a recipe book filled with their great aunt’s famous meatloaf recipe.
For a recipe book to be useful and not another item taking up space in a kitchen, it has to be organized, easy to add to, and include thoughtful features, like measuring tables and conversion guides. The recipe books on our list check these boxes and more.
Keep your favorite recipe on hand with an easy to use recipe book.
1. New Seasons Deluxe Recipe Binder
Organize your recipes and keep them protected with the New Seasons Deluxe Recipe Binder. The full-sized, three-ring binder makes it easy for users to print off their favorite recipes and add them to the book without having to trim pages. Two splash guards help to keep sticky messes from staining the recipes. Thoughtful added touches like pockets for loose recipes, matching magnets for the fridge and a matching notepad for grocery lists are included in the chalkboard-style book. Six tabbed dividers make it convenient for users to separate their recipes into sections. The binder also includes cooking tips and tricks that can be used for quick reference when cooking.
Pros: Full-sized binder, splash guard, matching accessories.
Cons: The New Seasons binder does not include recipe cards.
2. Happy Books Hub My Favorite Recipes
For a lightweight and portable recipe book that includes room for journaling, we like the Happy Books Hub My Favorite Recipes. The book comes with enough room for users to handwrite up to 100 recipes. Each recipe page also includes room for notes, as well as a difficulty and star rating, cooking time, number of servings, and wine pairing. Users can also fill in the table of contents to help find recipes quickly. A great gift for friends and family, the recipe book also includes a kitchen guide with measurements and a pocket inside the cover for loose recipes.
Pros: Clearly marked areas for recipe information, small space for notes, kitchen guide with measurements.
Cons: The book is not spiral bound and laying it flat can be difficult.
3. Meadowsweet Kitchens Create Your Own Collected Recipes Cookbook
For a recipe book that can grow with a budding chef or baker, we like the Meadowsweet Kitchens Create Your Own Collected Recipes Cookbook. The large, three-ring binder makes it easy to find recipes fast thanks to its 12 dividers and 20 sticker labels. Users can print out their own recipes on standard 8.5 x 11-inch paper and add it directly to the binder or place it in protective clear protectors. Meadowsweet also sells matching recipe cards and pages. A large pocket provides space for loose recipes to be stored until they can be added to the binder. A measurement guide is included in the binder, which has an attractive neutral gray finish and turquoise foil title.
Pros: Easy to add recipes pages, several dividers and labels for clear organization, a large pocket for loose papers.
Cons: Users must add or purchase their own recipe pages and cards.
4. Jot & Mark Recipe Organizer
If you want a beautiful recipe book that looks great on any counter, try the Jot & Mark Recipe Organizer. A great gift for yourself or others, the Jot & Mark book comes with 50 matching double-sided recipe cards that measure 4 x 6 inches and include space for prep time, serving size, and total time, as well as ingredients and steps. The cards are printed on acid-free cardstock that is designed to last. The 8.5 x 9.5-inch binder also includes 25 clear sleeves with space for two cards, as well as five full-sized sleeves for larger pieces of paper. Six tabbed dividers provide a convenient way to organize recipes. The three-ring binder is large enough for users to add extra pages, making this a recipe book that can grow with cooks.
Pros: Includes matching recipe cards, page protectors add to the recipe cards’ longevity, users can add extra pages.
Cons: Because the binder is not letter-size, users have to trim standard 8.5 x 11 pages.