Reader Space: Rad Recipe Binder {and a freebie!} (2024)

Although we recently wrapped up the binder series and linked up all of the awesomeness, I thought it would be fun to share a reader's great recipe organizing binder, to offer up a little extra inspiration. Her recipe binder is a binder of it's own, and keeps her family organized each week while she is meal planning and trying out new meals in the home.

Kamarah wrote:


After seeing all the awesome ways you've organized your household using binders, I thought you might like to see how I've used them to organize my recipes.Several years ago, after I grew tired of my chaotic mess of clippings and 4x6 cards in a box, I came up with a binder that works like a charm!!!

My binder is divided into sections of how I think about my cooking.For example, each week, I try to have a variety of main dishes.So when I look through my recipes, I want them organized as such – poultry, beef, pasta, seafood, etc.Each type of food has it's own colored tabbed section.

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Here’s the key to my recipe binders– each tabbed, colored section has it’sown pocketfor “recipes to try”.So when I clip a recipe out of a magazine, I simply put it in the corresponding section pocket.When I do my meal planning {usually one week at a time} and want to whip out something new for my family, I go straight to my “to try” folder to find a fresh recipe!

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The next best organizing trick that I use is located right after the “to try” folder – an“index” pageof my favorite recipes from cookbooks or magazines.It’s a simple page with “dish”, “magazine/cookbook” and “page #” at the top.Every time I make something from a cookbook, I write it down so I can easily find it later.So instead of driving myself crazy searching for a recipe I tried last month, I just look at my ‘index’ and can find recipes within seconds! {and please don't judge me for having a Richard Simmons cookbook - it's actually really great!}

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I keep clipped, favorite recipes in two kinds of clear plastic protectors – one is actually made for photos, but is the perfect size to hold 6 recipe cards {front and back}.The other size is a full sheet for those full page or oddly shaped recipes.

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My final key to organizing my recipes and meal planning is the front and back pockets of the actual binders.When I’m planning my meals, I put all of the recipes (to make) for the week in thefront pocket.This makes each recipe easily accessible when I need to prepare the family meal each evening.

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When I’m finished cooking each night, I place thecompleted recipein theback pocket.At the end of each week, I simply re-file the used recipes and plan my upcoming week’s meals again.

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I’ve helped make this binder for several friends who have raved over the ease of it and have loved staying organized with their recipes!!I hope it may be helpful to you and your readers too!!

Wow wow wow right? So many great ideas! She really has quite the well oiled machine of a system! I love that she always has a place to grab a new recipe idea from, as we suffer from "stale meal planning syndrome". The idea to use picture sleeves for recipe cards? SO SMART! I love she can plan different meal types for each night of the week, instead of eating pasta, pasta and then maybe some more pasta? Been there...

Although this binder idea maybe isn't something "new" to us, it seems to be amongst the most popular ways to organize recipes, because IT WORKS! And works well!

And a button for you:

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Oh, and shameless shop plug {hey, a girl has to sponsor her own biz right?}

Don't forget I offer a boatload of personalized meal planning and binder printables in my shop:

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{Personalized Meal Planning/Shopping List}
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{Personalized Meal Planning Calendar}

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{Personalized Freezer Inventory}
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{Personalized Fridge Inventory}
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{Personalized Pantry Inventory}

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{Personalized Editable Recipe Card Printable}

And because IHeart you all SO much! A freebie!

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{click here to download a FREE copy of the Recipe Reference Printable}

A huge round of virtual applause for Kamarah and her incredibly awesome system. It feels great sharing things that have been proven to simplify lives and save moola to boot! Feel free to leave a comment with some love for Kamarah and check out her lovely website!!

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Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition? Have an awesome organizing story to share? I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life. Please send your story and photos to and I would heart to feature them right here, on the blog!! Photos should be high resolution and un-editted. Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better! Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice! Only love goes on at this blog! More Info HERE.

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How to make your own cookbook binder? ›

If you want to create your own recipe binder you just need four simple “ingredients.” Of course, you need a binder. Then, sheet protectors, recipe cards, and dividers. From there, it's just a matter of picking out the right versions of those four “ingredients” and putting them together.

What are the 8 recipe categories? ›

Recipe Categories
  • Breakfast recipes.
  • Lunch recipes.
  • Dinner recipes.
  • Appetizer recipes.
  • Salad recipes.
  • Main-course recipes.
  • Side-dish recipes.
  • Baked-goods recipes.

How do you break up a recipe book? ›

Best for: Cookbooks

On a piece of paper, write down the recipe name, cookbook, and page number where it lives. Now you'll always know which book and page the recipe is on. Take it one step further and add color-coded tabs. Assign each color a category and mark each recipe page with the correct category tab.

What is the cheapest way to bind a cookbook? ›

The 5 Most Affordable Types of Book Binding
  1. Saddle Stitch Binding. Saddle Stitching is the most economical binding style and is used primarily for books with lower page counts. ...
  2. Perfect Binding. ...
  3. Spiral Binding. ...
  4. Wire-O Binding. ...
  5. Comb Binding.

Is it legal to post a recipe from a cookbook? ›

If it's still under copyright, you must transcribe it from the book. Change a few words. If the book is in the public domain you may post a photo or copy directly from the book. The recipe itself cannot be copyrighted or patented.

What is the best way to organize recipes? ›

One of the most common ways of keeping recipes organized is with recipe binders. Rather than keeping recipe books to flick through for recipe referencing, chefs will have the recipes they need collated in binders. This means that they can quickly and easily find necessary items without other recipes getting in the way.

How should I categorize my recipes? ›

Start by creating broad categories such as “Breakfast,” “Appetizers,” “Main Courses,” “Desserts,” and “Beverages.” These overarching categories will serve as the foundation for organizing your recipes. Subdivide into subcategories. Within each broad category, further divide your recipes into specific subcategories.

What are three common recipe formats? ›

Most recipes are written in one of three forms: standard, narrative or action.

What categories should be in a recipe book? ›

Recipe Categories: Grouping recipes into categories such as appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and beverages can make it easier for readers to find what they're looking for. Recipe Cards: Each recipe should include a.

What is the recipe book scandal? ›

The email alleged: “The most blatant case of cookbook plagiarism we've ever seen ... Elizabeth Haigh, in her 2021 book 'Makan' published by Bloomsbury Absolute, lifted 15 or more recipes from Sharon Wee's book, 'Growing up in a Nonya Kitchen,' published by Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) in 2012.”

What goes at the end of a cookbook? ›

There are several pieces of the book that go after the main body of the cookbook, these are called "back matter". They include content like an index, glossary, appendixes, bibliography, or resources. All of this content is optional, though an index and resources section are very common in cookbooks.

How do I organize my cookbook collection? ›

You should organize cookbooks in a way that makes sense to you. But experts recommend grouping cookbooks by cuisine (such as Indian, Italian, or Mexican), with separate sections for books on specific topics, such as grilling, seafood, or poultry.

Does Word have a cookbook template? ›

Cookbook Template & Examples in Microsoft Word

There are various cookbook templates that you can use as design examples. You can incorporate various graphic design elements to make it more attractive and also informative to readers.

How do I create a recipe folder? ›

How to make a recipe binder
  1. Go through your existing printed recipes. Be ruthless–and honest with yourself. ...
  2. Print out favorite online recipes. ...
  3. Copy cookbook favorites. ...
  4. Put recipes in easy-to-wipe protective sleeves. ...
  5. Come up with categories that make sense for your family. ...
  6. Get binders. ...
  7. Use dividers with tabs.


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