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Best Binding Machine For Making Cookbooks

Coil Bound CookbooksYou’ve probably seen them, homemade cookbooks that are passed around amongst friends and family. These cookbooks often contain some of the tastiest recipes and are a great way to keep popular recipes in the family. These homemade cookbooks are often printed right from a computer and later bound. What is the best way to bind a cookbook?

Of the three most common binding machine formats (coil, wire & comb), coil binding is by far the best method for binding cookbooks. Why is this? Coil (aka Spiral) binding is very durable and can be stacked next to other cookbooks without being damaged.

Unlike comb or wire bound documents, coil binding allows the reader to flip pages a complete 360 degrees. Coils are also available in multiple colors, allowing you to customize the look of the cookbook.  Be aware that coil machines & supplies come in different hole patterns (pitches). I personally like 4:1 pitch hole patters for cookbooks.

Spiral Binding MachineMy recommendations for a coil-bound cookbook are as follows:

  • A 4:1 pitch coil binding machine (5:1 pitch can be used) found here.
  • Coil binding spirals (4:1 pitch) found here. A 5:1 pitch coil may be used if you have a 5:1 pitch machine.
  • A clear cover for the front page. This will protect the book, but allow you to still see the front page. You may find our clear binding covers here.
  • A card stock sheet to protect the back pages. You may find our card stock report covers here.

Most cookbook binding jobs aren’t going to be huge. If you are only binding 1-50 books, a manual coil-binding machine should be more than adequate. Read step-by-step instructions on how to use a coil binding machine here.

Have an additional question about binding a cookbook? Post a comment and I will answer it!

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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2 Responses to “Best Binding Machine For Making Cookbooks”

  1. Krista Says:

    I am interested in putting together a “Resident Family Favorites” cookbook for the residents in our retirement community. It would be a collection of recipes they contribute. There are approximately 200 residents. I can’t spend a fortune, but would like to produce a nice product (that we could distribute to residents and possibly sell for a nominal fee in our gift shop). If we purchased a binding machine we could use it for other things, but it certainkly would not be used a lot. Any recomendations for a cost effective way for myself and several “elderly” volunteers to put this together? Thank you!

  2. Dave Says:

    Krista,

    Thanks for your inquiry. Based on the information you have provided, it sounds like a coil binding machine is definitely what you need. I wouldn’t consider 200 residents (I’m assuming that many books) a high volume. You should be fine with a manual machine. I would recommend you consider the Akiles iCoil 41 (found here), the Intelli-Bind IC 310 (found here) or the Akiles CoilMac-ER (found here). All three of these machines are excellent for binding cookbooks and all include an electric coil inserter for added convenience. I will have someone here contact you with additional information. Feel free to post again if you have more questions.

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