How it works

Type in the recipes

Type in the people

Choose a design & print

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Choose a design layout and print your custom cookbook

This is the most fun part. Now you get to choose from our 27 different designs the look that is right for you. Because we've broken up every section, you can mix and match. For example, you can choose a religious design for the front cover, a flower design for the table of contents, and a condensed design like Times for the recipes.

Just click on the design you like and you are ready to print!

Picture of the Printing screen in our software:

print cookbook template

Here are all the designs you can choose from:


cooking template

flowers template

flowers2 template

fruit template

heritage template

kids template

modern template


notebook software template

patriot cookbook template

pictures template

red hat cookbook template
Red Hats

storybook software template

traditional template

woodcut template



bible cookbook template

faith software template

kosher cookbook template

lds template

renaissance cookbook template

stained glass cookbook template
Stained Glass


celtic software template

chopsticks template

london cookbook template

fiesta mexican template


Birthday Gift
A special design for Birthday Calendar only

Index card

Ultra-condensed design for fitting the most recipes on a page

These three special designs are single-purpose.
























Basic advice: We recommend you use a clear plastic sheet for the front and back cover, so that your book stays clean when milk or butter gets inevitably spilled on it. We also recommend that you use spiral binding, as it looks classier than staples and is easier to keep open than other forms of binding.

Print the book from your computer: If you've got a printer, you can just print out your recipe book to the printer. Then take the print outs to a local copy shop and ask them to coil bind them.
Advantages: You get it done with minimal hassle.
Disadvantages: May take a lot of toner cartridge. Quality may not be as good. You often can't print it on thicker or glossier paper.

Have a copy shop print the book for you: If you want a copy shop to handle all the printing, you'll need to make some files that the copy shop can easily handle. You have some options:
• Buy Adobe Acrobat Elements. (Click here for details.)
• Download a free PDF file creator, such as CutePDF. (Click here for details.)
• Use the copy shop's own free file creator software, such as FedEx Kinko's File Prep Tool (Click here for details.)
With any of these options, you'll still use the Print button in Matilda to make the files. Just choose whichever software you've selected from the Printer drop down menu.

If you go with CutePDF and want to take it to a local copy shop, here's what you'll do:

1. You'll first need to turn your cookbook into PDF/Acrobat files. Go here:
Download both links on the left of the screen ("Free download" and "Free converter.") Now you can make PDF/Acrobat files for free! (Not just our software, but anything you can print, by the way.)

2. Go to the Print screen in Matilda, select your template, and hit print for one of the sections.
Select from the drop down menu "CutePDF Writer" and then it'll ask you where you want to save your file. You may want to change the name so it's a little more intuitive--"Front Cover", "Contents," etc.
Repeat printing every section until you have 7 PDF/Acrobat files.

3.Burn your 7 files to a disk and take them to Kinkos. When you are at the copy shop you will need to explain to them the order you'd like the sections to be printed in, or else they may put "Contents" at then end or something.

We recommend printing off one copy from home, even if it's just black and white, to proof read before taking it to a photocopy shop. You'll notice typos in print much more easily at times. Get somebody who hasn't been too involved in your cookbook to really go through it and look for typos. Somebody who is nitpicky.

Also, bring the proof copy to your copy shop stapled together in the order you want it. That will make it easier to explain the job.