Putting a cookbook together is a fun and
interesting project and can make for a great fundraising tool. Here are
some of the best bind styles to consider for your cookbook.
Plastic Comb Binding. This is a very common binding style, and one you
have likely seen many times without knowing what it was called. This
style of binding is called plastic comb because it employs what looks
like a long-toothed comb to keep the pages of your book together. The
teeth of the comb wrap around each other to keep the pages in place.
When you bind with the plastic comb system, you place your pages in the
punch, creating rectangular holes down the margin of the sheets. Then
the binding spine is placed inside the holes by the use of the machine,
and you have your book. There are several advantages to creating your
cookbook with plastic comb binding. For one, the book opens flat for
easy reading while lying on a countertop. This is also a very rugged
binding style that can stand up to heavy use. Books that are bound with
plastic coil are also fairly easy to edit if need be.
Spiral Coil Binding. If you can picture the typical wire bound school
notebook, then you have an idea what spiral coil binding is. In this
style, instead of the metal wire of notebooks, the spiral coil is made
out of plastic. These spines come is a wide variety of colors, so you
can choose one that matches the look of your cover if you wish. The
binding process is similar to that of plastic coil in that one part of
the machine is a punching mechanism, and the other is a binding machine.
The depending on whether you purchase a high end machine or something a
little more entry-level, the insertion of the wire can either take a
lot of hands-on effort or not. Advantages of this style are that not
only does this type of book open flat, it can wrap around completely,
and it works well with laminated pages. It also tends to look a little
bit more elegant than plastic comb binding does.
Loop Binding. This is a style that you often see used with hard
cardboard covers for use with journals, address books and the like. A
clear step above the previous two in terms of looks and elegance, this
is a style you might want to consider if you are looking to create a
look that is a cut above what you might normally see in a home or small
office-produced document. The process is similar in that punching is
required and there is then a part of the machine that closes the wire
loops in the holes binding the book together.
Binding. This is the binding style that is used to produce hardcover and
softcover books, and you may be surprised at how simple it is to do. In
most thermal binding machines, all you need to do it place the pages
into a cover with a glue strip, then place the book spine down in the
binding machine. The glue is then heated and your book is finished in
less than a minute in most cases. This is the most elegant and permanent
of all the binding styles, but the books generally won’t lie flat, so
they may lose some points on functionality.
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