Eat Your Books

How often do you think to yourself, now where did I see that recipe?  Or, someone asks “Do you remember that dish you made for the BBQ at Susan’s two years ago?  Can I have the recipe?”

 Where do I look first?

Where do I look first?

Sometimes, I know exactly which cookbook or magazine to reach for.  Other times, I stand staring at the bookshelves, looking at those dog-eared post-it notes, waiting for the book to sense I’m waiting for it to fall on the floor - wishful thinking I know! And because I love experimenting with new recipes and creating my own, quite often I have absolutely no idea where to look.  So where do I go for help?

Eat Your Books, created by sisters Jane Kelly and Fiona Nugent, and launched in 2010 is a website where my entire recipe library is now catalogued.  It’s more than cookbooks.  Food magazines, including the New Zealand ones I subscribe to are automatically added to my library each month.  I can search the blogs and websites I follow, even add recipes I’ve developed myself. Search by ingredient, recipe type, ethnicity and more. Eat Your Books has indexed more than 1 million recipes, some are even online and the website allows me to quickly find the recipe(s) I’m looking for. Tag favourite recipes, create menus for events, make a shopping list and be part of a food and cookbook lovers community, sharing ideas, opinions and reviews.

 Recipe post-it notes

Recipe post-it notes

So while I still label the recipes I want to make with post-it notes when I get a new magazine or book, Eat Your Books allows me to quickly pinpoint recipes, share ideas and stoke my creative foodie mind. And while I love trawling recipes books and deciding what to cook, when time is precious or someone asks for recipe ideas help, Eat Your Books is my “go to” tool.

Check Eat Your Books out for yourself… you won’t be disappointed.

Michelle