how do you catalog your cookbooks


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how do you catalog your cookbooks

Jun 26, 2017, 6:12 pm

Hi I'm new to LT, wondering if anyone has input the recipe names with each book so they are searchable? that would be great

Jun 26, 2017, 9:58 pm

You must be joking! Let me recommend Eat Your Books; join, set up your bookshelf and then search their massive index.

Jun 27, 2017, 2:23 am

I second using Eat Your Books. URL:

Jun 27, 2017, 10:24 am

:) thanks! I was wondering if Eat Your Books was worth it, I'll get on it.

Jun 27, 2017, 11:22 am

I use Eat Your Books, and it is handy, but it has its drawbacks. Three quarters of the books I added to my account have not been indexed yet, so there's no real benefit to having them on there. And indexing is a long process I haven't found time to get involved in. But it isn't like LT where you can edit your own records to your heart's content.

However, for the books I have that were indexed, I've discovered quite a few new recipes I probably would have missed completely otherwise.

Mostly I've found Evernote to be my most useful recipe notebook. I don't add every recipe in a book into it, but I do add the ones I use and include the book/page number for it. Over time, the information adds up.

Jun 28, 2017, 7:52 pm

>5 southernbooklady:
I have actually done some volunteer indexing for EYB. It's not as easy as you might think because they have all these protocols and limitations. For example, you cannot specify unsalted butter because they say that's the default. And they are still thinking about including EVO, which is pretty well compulsory in modern cookbooks.

Agreed a lot of older or more obscure books - after 40 years I've got lots - are not indexed, but for those that are EYB is very useful. Sometimes I know I've got a recipe for something but I can't remember which book it's in, sometimes I've got an ingredient (quinces at the moment) and I want to see what recipes there are in my numerous books.

Editado: Fev 23, 2018, 4:04 am

Thanks for mentioning EYB’s website, I did not know it.
*edit* it appears to be a subscription site, where your maximum free allowance is five cookbooks. Furthermore, it’s US/UK centric, so French cookbooks are a miss. I’ll stick to my free cookery app on tablet, sorry!

Editado: Jun 25, 2020, 5:09 am

I was wondering something similar. I'm slightly addicted to buying cookbooks but I don't use them as often as I should.

I have so many cookbooks but if I have an 'exotic' ingredient I've bought that's left over after I've made that, I want an easy way to work out if I have any recipes on my shelves that might use it up. I'm using MacGourmet by Mariner Software (an app on Apple Macs) but I have to type in all the ingredients and it's slow going. There is an internet import function but it didn't work the last couple of times I tried it.

I see that Paprika is recommended and EYB. I was reading the thread by EYB's creator and although it looks like it does what I need, I'm not sure (from upthread here) if the database has many of my cookbooks which are mainly UK-centric.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Jun 25, 2020, 5:08 am

I had a further look on the internet and browsed through EYB a bit. Even for the books I have that have been indexed, it only shows the main five ingredients for each recipe.

Paprika certainly seems to get a lot of love; it outshines MacGourmet, with which people seem to have become disappointed with.

Has anyone who has used these got any more input?

Editado: Jun 25, 2020, 5:28 pm

>9 libraian: Which cookbooks only show the first five ingredients on EYB? I checked one of your books (Happy days with the naked chef) and it definitely shows more than five ingredients.

Jun 25, 2020, 10:20 pm

>8 libraian: >9 libraian: I love Paprika. I'm slowly add all of my paper copy recipes (including two high school cookbooks) into my Paprika app. I've found the fastest way to add a ton of recipes is to use the YAML format. I write out 20-30 recipes in YAML load the file, add a photo if I have one...done.

>10 wester: Here's an example where it just shows 5 main ingredients: assuming you just visit the site and don't subscribe. I'm thinking this is to avoid copyright infringement...based on what EYB says if I click the "Where’s the full recipe - why can I only see the ingredients?" link.

Editado: Jun 26, 2020, 2:15 am

>11 lesmel: The only ingredients missing from that recipe are two tablespoons of sugar and two of salt. Those ingredients (so-called store-cupboard ingredients) are omitted not because of copyright but because most people have those ingredients anyway, and because including them would take disproportionally much indexing time and would also swamp the searches.

The copyright is the reason that EYB does not include full recipes.

Jun 26, 2020, 1:43 pm

>12 wester: The point is that you asked where it showed just 5 ingredients. There you go.

Jun 26, 2020, 10:12 pm

I have done some volunteer cataloguing for EYB. Ingredients like sugar and salt are only listed if they exceed certain specified minimum quantities, otherwise they are lumped in together as 'store cupboard ingredients'.

Jun 27, 2020, 2:21 pm

You can check it out by joining for free. I have an extremely large cookbook collection. Let me say not all cookbooks are part of the EatYourBooks database, which can be frustrating if you own a large collection like I do. However, for an average user, odds are very high the cookbooks you own are indexed and when you add your collection to your account, it can be very useful tool. I also use it to decide if I want to purchase a cookbook. You can look up a book, and if indexed by EatYourBooks, you can see the recipes listed in its index. Also nice articles and great cookbook contests to win cookbooks each month. Plus a community to share your photos and comments but that portion really is not set up like this forum, perhaps because monitoring so many members is too hard for a smaller company? But yes, it is worth the fee. They NEVER have discounts on the price, just saying.

Jun 27, 2020, 2:23 pm

It does have UK books. However, newer books are more likely to be indexed. If you give me names a few books I can check for you? I live in U.S. but prefer European editions with metric myself.

Jun 27, 2020, 2:32 pm

Hi, I use both. Paprika is useful for shopping since it lists your recipes with ingredients and has your full recipes. But way it organized is just a long list. Wish you could make boards like you do with Pinterest. Sometimes I can’t save a recipe directly to Pinterest because site is trying to force you to use their own Pinterest app to track pins. I am not a fan of excessive tracking so I can pin a recipe to Paprika no problem, and then I have the recipe AND pin it to Pinterest using Paprika.

EYB is useful if I want to make for example a strawberry rhubarb pie and I want to know which books in my collection have a recipe so I can get out those books to compare. It has contests, good articles, nice weekly column on what Kindle cookbooks are on sale in US, Canada, UK, Australia (Amazon only lets you buy kindle books from your own country...a sad thing for me because I like cookbooks from all over the world).

Jun 28, 2020, 1:56 am

>17 FrenchCreekPilgrim: Amazon only lets you buy kindle books from your own country: there has to be some sort of quirk in this. Amazon can tell from my IP address that I'm not in the UK, but allows me to buy kindle books from the UK store, although if I try to buy from the US store it flicks me to the UK one. I can certainly browse the Australian kindle store, and it "knows" where I am. I think the quirk might lie in where your default shipping address is. Mine is in the UK, and as I said, that's where I get directed if I try to buy from the US kindle store. So maybe if you can set up a default shipping address in another country ...? As long as you never actually have to go there to collect a physical book it might work. Trouble is, you'd have to change it every time you wanted a book from another country.

Jun 28, 2020, 3:08 am

>13 lesmel: Not so.
I was reacting to >9 libraian: who said Even for the books I have that have been indexed, it only shows the main five ingredients for each recipe. So I checked and I found many recipes that listed more than five ingredients. What I was asking for was if there were recipes where EYB only shows five ingredients while there actually are more than five. If you found a recipe that basically has only five ingredients that does not make it a problem that EYB does not show more than five.

Editado: Jun 28, 2020, 9:21 am

>10 wester: >19 wester: I meant to reply but I had to look up the title and I got distracted and ...

Anyway, I only had a quick browse of EYB so I could be wrong but the book I looked up was Salad.

>14 dajashby: One thing that I often find I need to use up is egg whites or egg yolks if I've had to separate them for another recipe; if eggs are considered 'store cupboard' and therefore not included, that makes EYB less useful for me.

Jun 28, 2020, 9:26 am

>17 FrenchCreekPilgrim: Hmm; looks like I need to do more research. I didn't realise Paprika used pins.

>17 FrenchCreekPilgrim: >18 haydninvienna: I use both the US and UK Amazon stores for my Kindle books. You need a shipping address, as haydninvienna says, in that country (maybe a friend or a branch office?) and two different e-mail addresses; you just have to remember which is for which.

Shhh! ;0)

Jun 30, 2020, 4:05 pm

>20 libraian: You are not the only person who regularily looks for recipes to use up egg yolks or whites. So, if a recipe uses more yolks than whites, or the other way round, that is indexed on EYB. It's just small numbers of whole eggs that are indexed as "store-cupboard".

And your book Salad also has salads with more than five ingredients on EYB, for instance Cobb salad and salade Nicoise.

Out 31, 2021, 10:56 am

Newer indexed recipes have eggs at any amount.