At Eat Your Books we are a bit fanatical about the quality
of our data, and so are our members, so whether you're a
professional or member indexer, it's important to make sure you are
as accurate as possible and adhere to EYB's guidelines.
It's important to read through this guide
BEFORE you start indexing as it gives an overview
of what's expected. Having read these guidelines, please let
EYB know if you do not feel you can index a book so we
can unassign the book and make it available to another
If a book is not started within 14 days of being assigned, it
will be unassigned.
In addition to this overview, each data entry field on the input
form has detailed explanations of how to complete it.
Before entering each field for the first time, you should review
these instructions. For more detailed explanation of the
input form and data entry, see The EYB Cookbook Indexing
This Introduction to Indexing describes how to make a request to
index a book, what is required, and an overview of the mechanics of
Most recipes should be categorized by a pre-defined list of Recipe Types. When indexing your recipes, it is important that you use the categorizations as defined by EYB, otherwise there will be many inconsistencies across books indexed by members.
The Recipe Types List will assist you in deciding how recipes should be categorized. Although the list is organized by Recipe Types, it also has valuable notes about other categories such as Ethnicity, Course, Nutrition, and Occasion. We suggest you keep this open on your computer so you can search it while you are indexing. See Recipe Types List.
Ingredient name variations - regional and spelling
Some ingredient names differ significantly depending on the country/cuisine. In these cases, EYB has created a master ingredient with one or more linked variations.
- Regional variation: e.g. “eggplants” in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are called “aubergines” in the UK.
- Spelling variation: e.g. the herb mix za’atar can also appear in recipes as zaatar, zahtar, and zathar, among other spellings.
Indexers should list the ingredient that appears in the recipe, so that users will see “aubergines” listed in recipes from UK cookbooks.
In the example below, the master ingredient is beets, with a variation beetroots (1). The variation ‘beetroots’ is being selected and will display in the recipe on EYB, but users searching for either ‘beets' or ‘beetroots’ will find this recipe.