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marybrwn

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Formatting Recipe Ingredients
Posted: Apr 17, 2012 6:48 AM
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I am putting together a cookbook in Honor of my Mother and Father that will have family favorite recipes for the last 50+ years. How do I type in ingredients [b]to look like a table format[/b]? I believe that Kindle asks that we not use table formatting or tabs so I'm not sure what is the best way to type in the ingredients. I know that I can just type in the instructions; it is just the ingredient formatting that I'm a little confused about. Has anyone else figured out the formatting for ingredients?
candescentpress

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Re: Formatting Recipe Ingredients
Posted: Apr 17, 2012 7:10 AM   in response to: marybrwn in response to: marybrwn
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Hi Mary,

It is possible to use tables, although I would have thought recipes are more often presented as lists for the steps, and just plain text for the ingredients.

eg

[b]Ingredients[/b]

100g Sausages
200g Potatoes

On this page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/easy_chocolate_cake_31070 none of the recipe presentation would require tables, and could easily be done on the Kindle.

Or are you trying to do something more complex? If you can link to something similar, or upload an image of what you want to achieve I'll give you some ideas about how best to present it.

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blakemet1

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Re: Formatting Recipe Ingredients
Posted: Apr 25, 2012 6:33 AM   in response to: marybrwn in response to: marybrwn
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I wouldn't add a table format, if you look at most recipe books majority will not have this. Make it easy, list your ingredients in the order that you would use them. Then have a space between ingredients and method, this looks the best and keep your whole file in Times New Roman and format size 10, and all writing to the left.
jtbigtoad

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Re: Formatting Recipe Ingredients
Posted: Apr 25, 2012 8:37 AM   in response to: blakemet1 in response to: blakemet1
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You can also use Bullet points

If you keep the items short they will look Ok

Kindle does not do "Real" bullet points

It ends up lookin like this

  • Item one
  • Item 2, but if it contiues too far,
the text wrapmesses up the "Bullet"
effect!

JT

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jorp

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Re: Formatting Recipe Ingredients
Posted: Apr 25, 2012 2:26 PM   in response to: marybrwn in response to: marybrwn
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First, for the future I might suggest a more popular question would have been “Can I format recipe ingredients with tables?”. That would attract experts on tables, and people with questions about tables would know this is where they might get an answer. It helps everyone to pose a question that's relevant to a lot of writers, but it helps you get the answer you actually want, too.

As for tables, I tried using non-breaking spaces for this purpose, but gave up. If I remember, the problem with any kind of table I tried was that when the user changed the font size (as they can do) the table went whack. I could have taken an image of the text, but I didn't want to go that route. I ended up using (long) hyphens between the items in a text row, and then centering everything. It looked pretty good – not ideal, but given the screen size, etc, this turned out to be a good solution.

Come to think of it, you can see the result if you download my book (free today) Almost True Sex Tales at http://amzn.com/B0078B3X9O

You will have to go to the end, then page back a few pages until you get to the “Original Cast” section.
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