I like the recipes found in The Soapmaker's Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch. They make 5 lb. batches which I think are the perfect size. There is everything from basic to gourmet (really good for the skin)
I don't use other people's recipes. I generally use SoapCalc and create my own with three or four oils. I like SoapCalc because it gives a score for hardness, lather etc, so you can continue to adjust until you have a good score for everything.
I don't know if this is a good way, but it's a fun way!! I'm only new to soapmaking and it's certainly helps me learn about the qualities of different oils.