Get an organised start to the year with a fabulous tool that helps you to use all of your precious cookbooks – win one of three annual subscriptions to Eat Your Books.
Far from the hopes for a less difficult new year that I expressed in my last post for 2017, my new year started in the wee small hours, not with a bang, but with the soft, solid, thud of my reckless 24 year old son hitting the ground after falling 12 metres from a tree.
He’s always been lucky and that continues as he’s survived to tell the tale, despite the fact that every doctor who’s seen him (and let me tell you, that’s quite a few) has expressed the generally held wisdom that a fall from that height is usually not considered survivable. He’s a broken mess at the moment, but miraculously all of his injuries are repairable and, on the up-side, I get to spend some one-on-one time with him again.
After two days in ICU and another six in a cardio-thoracic ward, he is now house-bound with me for some time. I’ll be taking the enforced home detention time as an opportunity for some domestic re-organisation and I’m very pleased to give you, my readers, the chance to join in.
Many of you will have received cookbooks for Christmas and, while there is no such thing as too many cookbooks, they can get a little hard to wrangle and use efficiently as their numbers increase.
Eat Your Books is the answer to every cookbook junkie’s dream and the concept behind it is simple. The website has a library of well over 156,000 cookbooks and different magazine titles, millions of online recipes and a selection of food blogs, all of which are indexed in their online data base. Subscribers build a virtual bookcase of titles that they own, which are then searchable online.
Rather than rummaging through all your books to find a recipe, the user searches their personal bookcase using simple ingredients or the name of the cookbook author to find a full list of relevant recipes and their list of ingredients. The site does not reproduce the recipes, but shows a list of ingredients for each recipe and the name of the book that you already own where it can be found.
For those of us who have significant cookbook collections this is a godsend and I find that I get much more use out of my books by having this simple way to search them at hand. I can add recipes to a printable shopping list, tag books and recipes with bookmarks for recipes that I want to make in the future and join in on various forums on the site. I’ve also recently begun using the handy-dandy bookmarklet which lets me add a recipe from any web page to my Eat Your Books virtual library too.
I’ve used this fabulous tool almost since it started and wouldn’t be without it. Membership is incredibly affordable – US$3 monthly or US$30 for an annual subscription – but I’m offering three FREE annual subscriptions to my readers this month.
Simply tell us all, in the comments section below, what your favourite cookbook is and why.
The competition is open to everyone, wherever you happen to be in the world, and closes on Sunday 28 January at 10.00am (Australian CST). I’ll announce the three lucky winners on Monday 29 January and they will have 48 hours to contact me, or the prizes will be redrawn.
I can’t wait to see what everyone loves and why – I suspect I’ll be building a shopping list from your replies. 😉