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Old 11-04-2008, 03:28 PM   #1
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What Size Cook Book do You Prefer?

I am currently working on developing my cookbooks into a nicley printed form. They will end up being 3-5 books total in a series. Now my dilema is what exact size/measurements are most prefered in a cookbook.

I was originally going with the traditional 8x10 in, 20x25 cm (Standard Portrait) format, but a few friends and family members mentioned that the 10x8 in, 25x20 cm (Standard Landscape) or 13x11 in, 33x28 cm (Large Format Landscape). Bear in mind they will be all Hardcover bound.

They stated that the landscape formats worked better for them as the book stays open easier. I see the validity in this reasoning but wonder if it is a worthwhile option to design the books in.

So I ask you all out there, What Size/Measurement do you prefer your cookbooks to be?
  • 8x10 in, 20x25 cm (Standard Portrait)
  • 10x8 in, 25x20 cm (Standard Landscape)
  • 13x11 in, 33x28 cm (Large Format Landscape)

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Old 11-04-2008, 03:44 PM   #2
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For my use, it really doesn't matter what size the cookbook is. What matters to me is that the cookbook stays flat on the counter. Nothing worse than trying to find the lost recipe page with a handful of flour or grease. I prefer spiral bound books for working, hardcover for reading.
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Old 11-04-2008, 03:47 PM   #3
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8x10 and like a spiral as well
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Old 11-04-2008, 04:05 PM   #4
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Whatever will stay open on the counter is what I like. Landscape works well as does spiral bound.
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Old 11-04-2008, 04:08 PM   #5
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I use a cookbook stand in the kitchen, so a landscape-style book would not balance very well in the stand. I'd go for an 8x10 portrait.
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Old 11-04-2008, 04:17 PM   #6
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Hmm, well givin' initial feedback so far I must say I am heavily considering adding the Spiral Bound option as well as the Hardcover version.

Please keep the comments coming!
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:01 PM   #7
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I vote for 8 x 10 landscape and spiral bound. If it's landscape it will take up too much counter space. My 2 cents!
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:02 PM   #8
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OOps! I meant to say portrait and spiral bound!
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It doesn't matter to me. If I like a cookbook and the recipes therein to the point I want to buy it, the format will not effect my buying decision.
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It doesn't matter to me. If I like a cookbook and the recipes therein to the point I want to buy it, the format will not effect my buying decision.
If you could custom make your cookbooks though, what format would you prefer?
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