BOSTON, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time cookbook lovers can use the internet to search for recipes they already own. A new website Eat Your Books (www.eatyourbooks.com) helps members search for recipes in their own cookbooks. More than 330,000 recipes, from over 1,450 of the most popular cookbooks are searchable with more being added every week.
Eat Your Books is aimed at people who love using cookbooks -- a gift certificate for this service makes a great last minute present for anyone who loves to cook. Members can:
- Search for recipes in their cookbooks using: ingredients, ethnicity, course, occasion or several other categorizations.
- Create menus and shopping lists.
- Organize books and recipes with bookmarks.
- Share with other cookbook lovers their experiences and views of books and recipes.
Eat Your Books does not reproduce the actual recipe; it helps members find their recipes in their cookbooks.
"There is no substitute to browsing through much loved cookbooks," says Jane Kelly, the co-founder of Eat Your Books, "However it's impossible to remember every recipe. Our members have cookbook collections from 9 to over 3,000 books and for the first time they are making use of them like never before."
"Finally a website that encourages cooks to use their cookbook libraries," says Molly Stevens, author of the best-selling cookbook 'All About Braising.' "The growing number of recipe sites make it all too convenient to search online for new recipes. As a result, too many cooks, myself included, increasingly ignored our own cookbook libraries. Now I don't have to flip through a whole stack of books and I've rediscovered cookbook gems that I had forgotten about."
Cookbooks have proven a recession-proof sector of the publishing industry -- sales were up 5% in the first part of 2010, according to Nielsen Bookscan, with annual sales of cookbooks around 15 million.
Tammie Barker, cookbook publicist at Andrews McMeel Publishing says, "Eat Your Books is a unique answer to the countless cooks who still love the look and feel of cookbooks but desire a quick and easy way to find just the right recipe."
T. Susan Chang, cookbook reviewer for the Boston Globe and NPR says, "Despite having around 600 really great cookbooks, when it came down to 4:00pm on a weekday I'd start surfing for recipes. It didn't matter how many stickies I attached to recipes -- without instant search capability or a photographic memory -- neither of which I had -- I was never going to find them again. Now I can search in my cookbooks for recipes as easily as I could search on recipe sites."
Eat Your Books has 79,000 cookbooks listed. So far, over 1,450 of the most popular cookbooks have been indexed, with more being added every week. Members can request for their favorite books to be indexed.
Eat Your Books is a subscription website: Membership is $2.50 per month or $25 per year. Gift certificates are available for annual memberships.
Eat Your Books is a privately owned company. www.eatyourbooks.com is a recipe indexing website that makes it fast and easy to find recipes in all the leading cookbooks. The co-founders are:
Jane Kelly, who lives near Boston, spent many years working in the music and TV industries. She has a large cookbook collection.
Fiona Nugent, who lives in New Zealand, worked in the IT industry, including 10 years with Microsoft.
SOURCE Eat Your Books