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It would be nice if I could search my cookbook indexes online. For
obvious reasons, only the indexes would be available, just to give
you an idea of whether there is a recipe for X in my 2 shelves of
There could also be a function that would allow you to search your
books by ingredient
to suggest recipes that include a list of
ingredients. This would be confined only to the books that you
There could always be links to outside sources and recipes that
match your search terms (maybe with bonus recipes from Mr.
Bittman et al.), but the main idea is to be able to search the
cookbooks that you have chosen according to your personal tastes
Being part of the this could be a selling point for cookbooks.
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||+ In the mean time, you could probably xerox the indexes in all your books and put them in a 3 ring binder.
An alphabetical index by recipe indicating which book would be much nicer, though. Maybe you could pay some kid on summer break to enter the indexes in excel, sort them, and print it out for you?
||(You would have to do some data entry, sorting, and reprinting if you bought a new cookbook, though).
||[Zimmy] It would take some time. Julia Child's "The Way To
Cook" has about 2,500 index entries, and Bittman's "How to
Cook Everything" has over 4,200. We have over 40
cookbooks, so at a conservative 1,000 entries per index,
we're looking at some 40,000 entries, but probably much
||But thank you for the excellent idea on the 3-ring binder. I
believe I'll do just that, with index tabs by cuisine, until
technology catches up.
||A scanner, OCR and a little format massaging should glean a text file you can import into a spreadsheet