Presumable the book will be divided into sections (chapters) to make it more accessible. (1) front matter – title page, imprint/copyright, TOC etc. these tend not to have pages numbers (2) Individual chapters – e.g. Starters, Main courses, Puddings, Drinks (3) back matter e.g Index.
The simplest approach is to have page numbers on your master page with running headers – that is the name of the book at the top of the left hand page and the name of each chapter on the right hand page, and guides for the repeating elements.
Produce and print out a couple of specimen pages of the recipe pages to see how your design looks and how easy it is read/use and how you will allow in the design for short and long menu headings and recipes etc. Use paragraph, character and object styles in your design. You wouldn't need extra space for perfect binding, look at similar books of the same trimmed pages size to see what kind of margins they have.
The cover artwork should be produced as a separate document as it will be printed separately on heavier stock.
Check you have an economical page size for printing (talk to your printer) discuss the paper you might choose and how many pages in a printed section. Also what kind of PDF s/he wants.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply, Derek. In reading it carefully, it seems to me that I should create Master Pages for everything following the (1) front matter. I'm creating those Master Pages now, and following the directions in my Classroom in a Book so that all these pages will have page numbers at the bottom. I'll make sure to add the name of the book to the top of each left-hand Master, and the name of each chapter on the top of the right-hand page. I'm presuming that if I give the top right of the right-hand Master Page a chapter title, I'll then be able to change the chapter title for other pages (in other chapters), without changing the chapter title for all the pages in the book.
I'll do some googling to find out what 'perfect binding' is. And yes, good idea—I'll take some margin measurements from other cookbooks. I didn't know there are different types of PDFs, so I'll check into that as well.
Again, thanks very much,
You use "Text Variables" for your running heads.
My tip would be: never change the font for selected text. Never. Always use styles. There is a learning curve, but this is perhaps the most important error made by people starting out in InDesign.