Every once in a while, you suddenly realize that you're richer
than you thought. Maybe you find a twenty in your sock drawer, or
you remember that you have leftover paella in your fridge and no
one else knows about it! I suddenly got that feeling the other day
while using EYB for the first time. In this case, though, it wasn't
cash or paella. No, this time it was 30,000 (!) recipes.
When I first started learning to cook, I had 2 cookbooks. One
was 365 Ways to Cook Chicken. The other was The Silver Palate
Cookbook, which had a pretty good index. Basically, if I didn't
want to eat chicken, I'd look up "pork chops" or "potato salad" or
whatever in the Silver Palate index. If it wasn't in there, I
didn't eat it. But by the time my cookbook collection had expanded
to 10, I had the classic home cook's dilemma: a refrigerator full
of rapidly expiring ingredients, and a heap of books I didn't feel
like hunting through. They were already irreconcilable.
Twenty years later, I'm a cookbook reviewer and my predicament
has become comical. Over 700 cookbooks have infiltrated my house.
They're stacked on chairs, on top of the coffee maker, under my
bed. Wads of Post-Its fringe their pages, but I never try even a
third of the recipes. It's too daunting a data-retrieval
Enter EYB! Suddenly when I'm looking for a cookbook, I can find
it ("set location"). Suddenly, I know how many recipes for grilled
chicken I have and where to find them("search recipes")... And
suddenly, I don't have to scrawl out the shopping list, inevitably
forgetting the shallots ("print shopping list"). Susie, former
hapless weekday cook, has become a Dinner Ninja!
Even if I were 22 again--10 pounds and 690 cookbooks
lighter--I'd consider EYB a bargain at the price. If you're already
an EYB user, you know what I'm talking about. And if you aren't,
you have to try it to appreciate it. Treat yourself to a free trial. Before
you know it, you'll be a Dinner Ninja too.