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Is there a plug-in for importing recipes

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Nov 01, 2020

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I have been struggling with finding a simple way to import recipes into Indesign for a cookbook. Is there some kind of plug-in that will format it correctly that will just run a script? I know there are ways to do this but they are so time consuming, hoping someone has something I am not aware of! Thanks!

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Is there a plug-in for importing recipes

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I have been struggling with finding a simple way to import recipes into Indesign for a cookbook. Is there some kind of plug-in that will format it correctly that will just run a script? I know there are ways to do this but they are so time consuming, hoping someone has something I am not aware of! Thanks!

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What makes recipes any different than anything else?

I did a cookbook a few years ago and all of the material was provided as Google Docs.

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It is the ingredient list, should that all be in its own column in the excel document, not all recipes have the same amount of ingredents. Some recipes are longer than others. 

How did you do it when you used google docs? Can you give me the steps you took to make the cookbook, I really appreciate any helps and or tips, thanks!

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As Bob suggests, it pretty much starts and ends with well thought out Paragraph and Character styles. Nail that and it should be a breeze. You could always explore Data Merge if your recipes are in a data file. 

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Thats what I need to know, how to get them to come in correctly with data merge. 🙂

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That depends upon how your spreadsheet is set up. To use data merge, each recipe would need to be on just one row of the spreadsheet. If it is set up some other way, you will need to use a differnt process to format the InDesign pages.

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One field per recipe line is probably best (ie, Instructions_1, Instructions_2, Instructions_3). Using soft returns in a csv file can mess up how the data flows in through Datamerge. You can have blank entries in your data and just use GREP to remove them after you do the merge. 

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Thanks! 

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