A love of reading, owning and collecting cookbooks is common among many food lovers. Unfortunately a large collection also comes with a major downside--too much choice can sometimes mean that the whole collection becomes neglected for easier online recipes or old favourites that have been burned into our memories. Eat Your Books is a fantastic website designed to breath new life into your cookbook collection and have you rediscovering the delicious recipes found on their pages.
Eat Your Books acts as a catalogue for not just your cookbooks, but all their recipes as well. You start out with an empty bookshelf; use the search function to find and add all of the cookbooks you own.
Once your cookbooks are added you can search recipes by ingredients, author, recipe name, or cookbook. If you have a lone eggplant sitting in your fridge and need inspiration you can search for all the recipes that contain eggplant and find something to cook.
Eat Your Books don't provide recipes. That's the whole point. It's about making your cookbooks work for you, not eliminating them completely. Once you've found a recipe you get the list of ingredients (minus things like salt and pepper) and you get a book and page number so you know where to find it.
You can register for an account for free, but you'll be limited to adding only 5 books to your library. To add more you'll need to buy a membership--they're $25 for 1 year, $50 for two years, or $75 for three years. It might seem like a lot to join a website, but when you consider the added value you'll get from your cookbook collection its not very much.
Once you've signed up you'll also get the Eat Your Books newsletter which keeps you updated about great new cookbook releases and other cook book news.
What's a cookbook you wish you used more?
Do you think you'd make use of Eat Your Books?