I have a very large cookbook collection and, while I never have a problem finding a recipe that I’m interested in making just by flipping through the pages, it’s not always easy to find a recipe right away when I’m looking for something specific. For instance, if I want a recipe for pork chops with apples for a fall dinner, it may take me a while of hit-and-miss searching through books that I think might have such a recipe. This whole process is streamlined with a little help from Eat Your Books.
Eat Your Books is a cookbook search engine that allows you to index all of the recipes in all of your cookbooks to find exactly the recipe that you’re looking for. You can search by book, by author and by recipe title or ingredient. You can even further narrow your search by looking for a specific course. The search engine takes only a few seconds to work, leaving you plenty of time to pick out the book you need and start cooking. The only things that it doesn’t necessarily include are the recipes from your grandma’s old school or church recipe booklets and some of the more recently published cookbooks – and those newer ones are constantly being updated, especially as more people join the site.
If you’re not a member, you can use their search function, but the list of books that the results include will come from EYB’s whole library and it may take some additional time to find a recipe listed for a cookbook on your shelf. As a member of the site, you can select all of your own cookbooks and the results you get from the search will be tailored to those books. They do charge to become a member, but the fees are relatively small and the fact that the site allows you to more fully utilize your existing cookbook collection could very well make the investment worth it.