Cookbook Restoration to preserve recipes for the next generation
Our cookbook restoration saves vintage cookbooks with torn covers and broken spines using modern technology
"Splice" method most common method
When there is no spine whatsoever, the bookbinder must create a new one and then reattach the cover by splicing. The "Joy of Cooking" cookbooks can be repaired with or without satin page markers. The first photo shows the repaired cookbook without page markers and the second photo with page markers.
"Well" method to save portions of the original cover
Cook book repair using the "well" method can save the original cover.
Hot Foil Stamping Options
This Betty Crocker Cookbook spine was missing and after the bookbinder created a new one, the bookbinder used foil stamping to create the words on the spine.
Repairing Cookbook Binders
This Betty Crocker cookbook was falling apart. Our customer wanted to save as much as the original cookbook as possible. Our bookbinder reshaped the spine and cover and restored the cookbook's functionality.
Converting GBC or spiral cookbooks to new covers with foil stamping
The first two cookbooks below were thin paperbacks which were converted from GBC cookbooks into hardback books with new covers. The last photo is an entirely new cover. Click on the photos to enlarge.
Reproducing a new cookbook cover with foil stamping
These cookbooks had severely damaged covers. We created new covers and used hot foil stamping to personalize.
Graphic Design to recreate entire exterior covers when covers or spines are damaged
Some covers have art that wraps around onto a spine but is now damaged. We have the experience to use graphic design and recreate the entire cover and print it on paper and use a thin laminate to protect the cover. Amazing!
Torn or damaged end sheets can be saved by scanning and graphic design
Some original covers and end sheets come to us so damaged that graphic design work is necessary to replicate art end sheets. In the examples to the right, we were able to recreate the missing parts of the end sheets and reprint.
Page damage can be repaired
We repair and mend pages for all types of books, including cookbooks. In the left example, we also created a new cover. The example on the right shows an economical solution for repairing pages by inserting them into plastic page holders and we created a special ringed binder with a customer's name in gold hot foil. For more examples on how we mend and repair torn pages please see our Page Repair page.
The "well" method to repair cookbooks
Another way to save cookbook original covers is the "well" method. The bookbinder may determine that the original cover is too thin or that the edges are too damaged to use the reattachment method. The bookbinder will create a new spine and cover from scratch with the cover will have a recessed face area that accepts a portion of the original cover. Most often the original cover is seated flush into the new cover as well. The "well" method is further discussed in Options and Extras for more detail.
Additional Cookbook repairs (click to enlarge)
"...thank you for sending the links for the optimized files for the book. They look very good and the rebinding job on the physical book is superb. The owner of the book will be pleased. I'm very satisfied and enjoyed working with you and your staff on this project." Mary