When it comes to using software to create your own cookbook, whether you want to make one for your own use or to share with friends and family, or to publish a cookbook as a fundraiser for your organization, there is some great software on the market. It comes without saying that you do get what you pay for however, so with that said the final outcome of what you desire should dictate the amount you are wanting to spend upfront.
Since there are several different methods of publishing a cookbook, from printing your own and having it bound by a local office supply store to using a professional book publishing company, you need to determine which method you are going to use for your final product creation. This is because the type of software that you use to put the cookbook together is determined by what your final outcome will be.
For example, if you are going to use Adobe InDesign software to compile your cookbook, you need to know that the formats that it can export will be accepted by various online and local publishers and printers. Mostly, InDesign will output into .pdf format which can be used by some online publishing companies, but not all. Blurb.com is one such site that will allow for import of .pdf format cookbooks that you create and they even offer InDesign templates for you to download to use to begin to create your cookbook.
On a smaller scale, if you are wanting to create your own cookbook to share with family, or to just get organized with all of your recipes at home, the Living Cookbook is a really, really nice software package. The thing I like about this software is that not only will it allow you to organize your recipes, but it will also create a shopping list, allow you to plan meals for the next month, calculate nutrition including Weight Watcher points and you can also print your own cookbook from it. This software comes highly rated and very well reviewed also.
What about online publishers? There are a couple of them that I have found to be nice and easy to use. While they don't necessarily fall into the "software" category, they do offer software that you can download from their site to help you with your cookbook.
The first is Blurb.com. While they are an online publisher of books in general, their cookbook publishing section is amazing. They offer software that you can download that will allow you to create your cookbook on your computer in your own time and then upload it to their site. You can then purchase the cookbook that you have made from them and share it also with friends and family. While limited in relation to the templates that you can use when compared to creating your own book from scratch, the software is quick and easy to use.
Another resource is LuLu.com. They offer very similar services to blurb, such as being able to upload your book, publish it in paper and/or ebook format and they also offer publishing services to assist you in your endevour.