Eat Your Books and a Giveaway #31

Giveaway | 4th July 2013 | By

It’s no secret: I am a big fan of Eat Your Books.

For those not in the know, Eat Your Books is not all about scoffing printed tracts – as appealing as that sounds. No, it is all about being able to keep track of your cookbooks and find the recipes in them quickly and easily.

I’ve been a member for well over a year now and would be lost without it. The nerdy librarian in me would love to be have the time to organise my books and recipes really thoroughly, so Eat Your Books is heaven sent. I am able to assign a category or two (referred to as bookmarks) to each book and recipe. But the real genius behind this for me is that you can find recipes by typing in an ingredient or ingredients. So, if I have a couple of bananas looking rather the worse for wear in the fruit bowl, I can interrogate my cookbooks by typing in bananas and chocolate and up comes a list of 39 recipes that I have access to which include those two ingredients: chocolate banana loaf cake with rum soaked raisins anyone?

Similarly you can ask for a specific type of dish. If I fancy baking a cheesecake, I type in  cheesecake and get 54 results. In the unlikely event I wanted a chocolate cheesecake, I would refine my search for and I get 15 results. It’s just brilliant – I’ve used so many recipes I’d never have found otherwise.

You can see what books I have on my bookshelf by clicking on the Eat Your Books badge on my sidebar.

But it’s not just about the books – oh no – food magazines are included as are some of the best food blogs. I had to put “some of the best” because my blog, apparently, is one of them. Add a blog to your collection and you can link direct to the recipes within it. Searches can be made for your complete collection or can be limited to say, magazines only. You can filter by recipe type, ethnicity, course, occasion and a number of other categories.

Not all books have been indexed yet, but progress is steadily being made and a number of my requests for indexing a book have been answered. The more people who join and request a book to be indexed, the more likely it is that it will be done. However, members keen to get a favourite book indexed as quickly as possible, are able to do it themselves.

It’s a good social networking tool too; it enables you to connect with other cookbook loving folk. See how many other members own your book or subscribe to the same blogs as you and find out who they are. If you’re really interested, you can find out how many books you have in common too. Why not read reviews or even submit your own?  feeling chatty? Take part in forum discussions or read the many interesting and informative articles on the blog.

$25 for an annual subscription or $2.50 per month is a very reasonable investment for those moments when you just can’t think of what to cook, or where that favourite brownie recipe is lurking.


Eat Your Books have kindly offered a lifetime’s membership to one lucky Chocolate Log Blog reader.
To be in with a chance of winning this membership, please fill in the Rafflecopter below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Rafflecopter will pick a winner at random from the entries received. Please give me some way of identifying you in the comment section as I will be verifying the validity of entries and will always check back to the comments to ensure that part has been done. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is open worldwide, but you do need to be 18 or over to enter. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.
Prizes are offered and provided by Eat Your Books and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.
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    Tracy K Nixon
    4th July 2013

    I would like to see ‘How to Cook for Crohn’s and Colitis: More Than 200 Healthy, Delicious Recipes the Whole Family’ by Brenda Roscher

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    Johanna GGG
    4th July 2013

    I have a membership to eat your books and while I probably use it less than you I am finding it really useful after being a bit unsure about it at the start. It does help me return to my books when I sometimes feel there is a recipe in my house rather than on the WWW. And I really enjoy the blog with little snippets of information about foodie issues – even though I read it only from time to time

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    4th July 2013

    Love, love, love Eat Your Books.I love reading other people’s comments on recipes. Love that they index blogs too. So invaluable.thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Janice Pattie
    4th July 2013

    Most of the books I own don’t appear on Eat your Books, so I’d like to see some older UK books like Gail Duff’s Vegetarian Cook Book appear in the lists

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    4th July 2013

    So good to see the Edmonds cookbook in there!
    Another good one which could be added is ‘Comfort – Food for Sharing’ (a book compiled of ‘delicious meals and baking from New Zealand’s top food writers’ and supporting the Starship Foundation)

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    5th July 2013

    love food, love chocolate love Eat your books.
    Indulge by Rowie Dillon would be another great book to have indexed !

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    5th July 2013

    Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion: Dig, Plant, Water, Grow, Harvest, Chop, Cook. Great ideas and recipes, but almost too beautiful to dot with stock!

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    5th July 2013

    Ilove Eat My Books & deep, dark chocolate…yum!

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    7th July 2013

    I love Eat Your Books and have a lifetimes membership already. It saves hours of trawling through my collection of books. My The link to my books is on both my Blogs if anyone wants a nosey as to what I have. 🙂

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    Elizabeth S
    8th July 2013

    This sounds like a great idea. It is not a bit time consuming loading all the labels for your recipes in the beginning though, or do they do that for you? I do quite like flipping through the pages of a cookery book, and I use the index to find recipes, but hrrrm.. yes, I don’t think this Eat Your Books is a bad idea! 😀

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    Sam Bilton
    8th July 2013

    What a brilliant idea! As much as I adore my cookbook collection this would make life a lot easier. Sign me up for the prize draw!

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    8th July 2013

    If i’m being honest then really any book as long as it has good recipes in it

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    Candice M
    10th July 2013

    Would love to become a part of Eat Your Books! It’s another way to help me be more organized.

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    10th July 2013

    any and all of darina allen’s cookbooks! thanks for the giveaway 😉

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    10th July 2013

    I love the concept and have nearly 800 books, so it would be awesome to win the membership

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    Liz Hay
    10th July 2013

    Eat your Books is a terrific resource! Love to see any Canadian restaurant cookbooks indexed, as well as older versions of classic cookbooks that are hard to find, like Fanny Farmer.

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    10th July 2013

    I have a slew of foreign-language books that I’d love to see indexed.

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    Kent Thomas
    10th July 2013

    I love Eat Your Books. When I win the free membership I will reconcile my cookbooks against the ones they have index.;)

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    Raquel Neofit
    10th July 2013

    I LOVE EYB – It’a a very clever concept!

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    11th July 2013

    I have been a member of EYB for over 2 years and I think it is absolutely THE best idea anyone ever had! I “browse” my library often and come across recipes I never knew I had. I’d like to tackle indexing one of my cookbooks that isn’t part of their library…soon!
    Cathy Keller

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    11th July 2013

    I would like to see “We Sure Can!” By Sarah Hood
    “100James, Jellies, Preserves & Pickles” by Gloria Nicol
    “Arabella Boxer’s Book of English Food”
    “Bulgarian Rhapsody by Linda Forristal”

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    11th July 2013

    I would like to see Working Cook indexed, as well as Hiroko’s Japanese Kitchen.

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    Lynda B
    11th July 2013

    I’d have to look up what they have now, but off the cuff, i’d like Nourishing Traditions to be indexed.

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    Jennifer W
    11th July 2013

    Ooh, that’s a hard one! I think that aside from any published cookbook, I would most want my mother’s recipe collection indexed. I’ll have to set aside the time to get that done. 🙂

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    11th July 2013

    My vintage edition of Joy of Cooking.

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    Kristy Brown
    12th July 2013

    I still love the old Bero Baking Book, that would be fab to see as my copy is over 30 years old!

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    14th July 2013

    Genius!At present I end up sitting on the sofa with a pile of books which I flick through to find that one and only elusive recipe that I know is in one of the books…

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    14th July 2013

    Oops, forgot to say that I’ve loads of books for the slow cooker and, because it tends to be a case of throwing things in before work, it would be great to find the recipe first time

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    Pam Francis Gregory
    14th July 2013

    Delia Smith’s How to Cook

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    Valerie Myburgh
    14th July 2013

    Raw food children pack lunch cook book

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    15th July 2013

    Any of the Nigel Slater books

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    17th July 2013

    Simon Rimmer’s vegetarian recipes.

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    Sophie Hedley
    18th July 2013

    I’m not sure what they have now but would love to see Antonio Carluccio: The Collection indexed 🙂 xx

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    Maya Russell
    20th July 2013

    Food from Your Garden from Reader’s Digest. It’s not a cook book only as it has gardening tips too, but it does have recipes for the food you can grow.

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    21st July 2013

    The Last Food of England by Marwood Yeatman and Anya Yeatman.

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    21st July 2013

    EYB are great im telling all my friends about these…….I cant credit this site enough

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    21st July 2013

    More recipe books relating to people with diabetic problems. my husband has type 2 diabetes and I like to cook/bake according to what will help him control this.

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    24th July 2013

    Jamie oliver

    Michelle pierce

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    30th July 2013

    Any Goodhousekeeping
    Claire D

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    31st July 2013

    Wow – I’ve been searching for something like this for years! Going to go and check it out now, looks absolutely brilliant. I’d love all of Jamie’s books to be listed

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    Sheila Reeves
    1st August 2013

    Frugal food by Delia Smith – and I’d love them to index the Healthy Food Guide magazine

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    1st August 2013

    Tamarind & Saffron: Favourite Recipes from the Middle East – Claudia Roden

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