I am looking for advice about cookbook design and I'm turning to the ChefTalk community to start a conversation that would really help benefit a project that a group of food lovers have been working on over the past few years.
Basically, we've redesigned the recipe by using illustrations, arrows, and actions instead of the classic written text recipe. For many people, the text format is difficult to comprehend, the big picture is missing, and it can be intimidating for first time cooks - an illustrated form is our solution. An example of the recipe format is here:
We've started a Kickstarter campaign that has already raised $5,300 for this project that we've nicknamed the GULA recipe initiative and our first step is to make a collaborative cookbook with all of our funding backers - they get to include their own personal recipes!(if you want more information about the Kickstarter feel free to PM us - we want to avoid any annoying promoting on the forum).
We are turning to the ChefTalk community because we are looking for some advice about how food lovers and professions like you feel about the importance of photographs of the final dish in cookbooks. We want to know whether you feel that a photograph of the final dish should be included on the page next to our graphic recipe as they are in other cookbooks. Do you think it would be something that the community would want or feel is necessary to include? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences and advice with food stylists and photographers.
Thanks so much!