As one of the few genres left that does well in print, a cookbook is a great way to let your creative writing juices flow. Just because you are writing recipes doesn’t mean you can’t make it interesting. If you are contemplating the next great cookbook to hit real shelves in a bookstore, consider some of the following ideas:
Superfoods are all the rage now, having people running around in winter searching for fresh blueberries. You can bank on this by taking some of the more obscure super foods, such as dandelion leaves and avocado and making a book of recipes. That ingredient doesn’t have to be front and center, just so long as it is listed. This will give you an array of herbs to use in the book as well, such as cumin and turmeric.
By making superfoods the center of your cookbook you can talk about why it is super, the ancient civilizations that depended on them, and what mystery compounds they contain that make them so healthy. This approach will make your book an interesting read while supplying recipes for obscure ingredients.
Appliance Based Recipes
Of course you aren’t going to base a book around the toaster, but there has been dozens of successful cookbooks on crockpot cooking. Since this theme has been played, think of another appliance in the kitchen you can’t live without. Maybe you can compile a recipe collection for your deep fryer.
This fast method way of cooking is appealing to busy moms and dads and a recipe book that shows them how to make healthy foods using it will have a lot of selling power. You can even include a review section that picks a few of the most popular brands and styles of kitchen deep fryers and talk about the features that make them stand out.
Foods From Around the World
Every country is unique in their staple dishes. Why not pick one, or a region and dedicate a recipe book to it. This can be really interesting if you also talk about different cooking methods and traditions. For example, beans are a staple around the world, but people living and cooking them in El Salvador believe that beans cooked in a round bottomed clay pot over an open fire taste better. You can add little tidbits like that to your book and make it a very interesting read.
For us hard core book lovers, it is hard to get accustomed to the online book world. To keep the printed book business alive, we have to continuously be coming up with ideas on how to create an actual printed book that people will want a real copy of.