Indexes are crucial to the success of a cookbook. Both potential buyers and repeat users depend on the index’s inclusiveness and usability, as well as its accuracy.
As the owner/user of an immense cookbook library, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Cookbooks are my specialty, and my goal is to create indexes that enhance the author’s work.
Cookbook indexes may look simple, but they are not. Here is an article by Rose Grant, explaining some of the intricacies involved.
Here are two examples of cookbooks that I own and have re-indexed. You can clearly see how a good index makes a cookbook more usable, and shows off the content to a potential buyer.