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I've been a member for years.  I think they index cookbooks so you can find recipes on a global basis.  Can't say I make much use of this but it's interesting to see all of the cookbooks that come out each week and you can enter to win a copy of some of them.  I actually got a very nice Greek cookbook in one of their giveaways a few years ago. 

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I have tried out the free version a few times. Generally my searches are not successful and then I write to "support" who inform me that what I'm looking for can't be done. An example is wanting to limit results based on type of cooking vessel (e.g. Instant Pot). I own a few hundred cookbooks, so this is a meaningful search criterion.

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@Susanwusan. if you've got a bunch of cookbooks, EYB is a great way to search them all at once and the Wired reviews that @btbyrd linked is indeed a good overview.  I differ with that reviewer on the value of the notes feature as I find it very helpful to read what other cooks have to say about the recipes and try to leave my own comments when I cook something new from one of my books. 

It's helpful to access on my phone when I'm out shopping and spot a great buy on something so I can easily check recipes and see what other ingredients might be needed so I can get everything at once.

I use it pretty much every day for one reason or another, whether it's looking for a specific recipe or ideas for things using different combinations of ingredients. 

I have to say that it's never occurred to me to search based on type of cooking vessel but @TdeV certainly brings up a good point if that is important to you.

Thanks to a thread here on eG, I signed up for a lifetime membership over 10 years ago.  Maybe the best $50 I've spent. I get so much more use from my cookbooks than I did before.  The downside is that it's encouraged me to buy more of them, too!

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Yes, if I'd spent $50 for a lifetime membership I would have thought that a good deal too. I keep trying out the free version because I *want* to want a subscription! 😄 But so far, no dice.

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38 minutes ago, TdeV said:

Yes, if I'd spent $50 for a lifetime membership I would have thought that a good deal too. I keep trying out the free version because I *want* to want a subscription! 😄 But so far, no dice.

Nope, not a good fit for you.  Don’t do it! 
Perfect for me, though - if they ended my membership, I’d gladly pony up the $30/year, about the cost of 1 new cookbook, to get tons of use from the 100s I have.

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Very helpful if you have many cookbooks. Recently I wanted to look up what shrimp taco recipes I had at home in my cookbooks and it takes about 10 seconds and than you can browse and decide on the best one based on what else you have at home. In addition, it has links to 10000+ free online recipes from cookbooks you might have not in your collection which are again searchable by different ingredients etc.

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14 hours ago, blue_dolphin said:

Nope, not a good fit for you.  Don’t do it! 
Perfect for me, though - if they ended my membership, I’d gladly pony up the $30/year, about the cost of 1 new cookbook, to get tons of use from the 100s I have.

 

Can you "import" your Kindle books?

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11 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

 

Can you "import" your Kindle books?

 

I'm not sure what you meant by "import." EYB just includes a listing of recipe ingredients but does not include the actual recipes.  It does include links to online recipes (from the cooking blogs, magazines and newspaper columns that they index) but that can't be done with books.  

I enter my Kindle books the same way as my paper books when I get a new one.  I mark them with a "Kindle" bookmark so I can search just the Kindle books.  It's been handy when I've been traveling and asked to cook something. 

I believe there are ways to bulk upload lists of books.  In another thread, @JoNorvelleWalker described making a list of her Kindle books to do that:

On 11/5/2017 at 2:34 PM, JoNorvelleWalker said:

For entering my Kindle library I went to my digital orders page on amazon.  I clicked on each title, then went to the print edition listing and copied the book's ISBN into a text file.  I pasted the text file into EYB.  This worked.  I couldn't think of an easier way.  I suppose I could have directly pasted each ISBN into EYB but I was afraid of losing all my work.

 

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@blue_dolphin  Are you saying that if I enter my cookbooks and if a do a search on them for say, fish, the actual recipes will not show up?  Only the list of ingredients?  If so, does that also apply to recipes on blogs when one does a search on those?  I have gone to the site but I need to study it more to make sense of it.  

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2 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

Are you saying that if I enter my cookbooks and if a do a search on them for say, fish, the actual recipes will not show up?  Only the list of ingredients? 

Correct.  It's basically just a way to search all your books at once.  And it lets you perform more detailed searches than most cookbook indices support, like you can search for recipes for fish that also include cooking greens and are Chinese while excluding soups. You only see the ingredients (there's a list of "cupboard" ingredients like salt, pepper, etc. that aren't listed unless used in significant amounts or named in the recipe title)  then you have to go to your book for the recipes.  

 

12 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

If so, does that also apply to recipes on blogs when one does a search on those? 

Yes, ingredients only, except that there will be a link to the online recipe

 

In all cases, you can also see if there are any accompaniments suggested in the book and whether there are notes attached to the recipes.  Notes might be added at indexing to alert you to acceptable substitutions, overnight steps, etc. or they may be added by members who have cooked the recipes and added their comments. 

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1 hour ago, blue_dolphin said:

Correct.  It's basically just a way to search all your books at once.  And it lets you perform more detailed searches than most cookbook indices support, like you can search for recipes for fish that also include cooking greens and are Chinese while excluding soups. You only see the ingredients (there's a list of "cupboard" ingredients like salt, pepper, etc. that aren't listed unless used in significant amounts or named in the recipe title)  then you have to go to your book for the recipes.  

 

Yes, ingredients only, except that there will be a link to the online recipe

 

In all cases, you can also see if there are any accompaniments suggested in the book and whether there are notes attached to the recipes.  Notes might be added at indexing to alert you to acceptable substitutions, overnight steps, etc. or they may be added by members who have cooked the recipes and added their comments. 

 

Thank you for that explanation.  It confirms that it is not what I am looking for.  I'm looking to replace Evernote with something else.  Ever since they "upgraded" it to something "better" I can't print from it unless I buy their "premium" version.  I don't mind paying for something but I resent it when they upgrade something and take away an existing feature in the process.

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1 hour ago, blue_dolphin said:

Correct.  It's basically just a way to search all your books at once.  And it lets you perform more detailed searches than most cookbook indices support, like you can search for recipes for fish that also include cooking greens and are Chinese while excluding soups. 

 

How do you exclude soups?

 

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7 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

How do you exclude soups?

 

See here:

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  1. Select the ingredient or category from the Category Filters and add it by clicking on the + sign. 
  2. Click on the + circle, it changes to a - circle and the filter turns black which indicates this ingredient or category will be excluded from your search.

 

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