You're going to love EYB Book Preview and EYB Recipe Preview

Cooks and cookbook lovers are visual people. Just as we eat with our eyes first, many cookbook buyers prefer to physically browse through a title at a bookstore or library before making a commitment to purchase the volume. 

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could thumb through pages from a new cookbook without leaving the comfort of your home? Well, now you can do just that. We're excited to announce EYB Book Preview and EYB Recipe Preview, which allows you to view a selection of pages from a title - including photographs, illustrations, and complete recipes - with just a click. When you combine this resource with our invaluable index and Jenny's amazing reviews, you will come away with a solid feel for the style, tone, and layout of the latest releases. 

The screenshots below walk you through the steps to preview books and recipes. Our goal is to provide you with a robust sample, including 2 to 5 full recipes just as they appear in the cookbook, including photographs or illustrations.

EYB Book Preview

Below the thumbnail image of the cookbook cover, you will see a button for the EYB Book Preview. Clicking that button takes you to the preview, which operates in a similar manner to an e-book. Left and right arrows at the page edges allow you to navigate through the sample. 



EYB Recipe Preview

When performing a search or browsing through a cookbook index, if a recipe excerpt is included in the preview, you willl see a button titled EYB Recipe Preview. Clicking this link will take you directly to the preview page that contains the recipe. You'll be able to zoom in and out on the pages (especially handy for those of us who constantly misplace our reading glasses). If the recipe spans several pages, you can also flip back and forth between them. 

We've added new filters so you can easily see the books you can preview

as well as a filter for recipes that can be previewed.




Both of these features should work on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. We are rolling out this feature on select titles listed below, and we will be adding additional books soon. Be sure to watch the Weekly and Monthly Roundups for links to previews for new titles as we add them.

There are EYB Book Previews available for the following titles which are in the process of being indexed. While you can preview the book the recipe option isn't available until the index is complete.

We extend a hearty thank you to the publishers who have given us permission to highlight and promote their titles in this manner. Please let us know what you think of EYB Book Preview with a comment.

Over 5,000 video recipes now indexed

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A growing category of recipes available on blogs and websites is the video recipe. Sometimes they take the form of a mini-episode of a cooking show; other times they are more focused on specific techniques or methods. A few are made as much for kitsch and fun (I'm looking at you, Metal Kitchen) as they are for serious cooking. 

The best of them teach you how to make a dish, or how to become better at making it. We've indexed the best, and we can now boast over 5,000 video recipes in the EYB Library. Some are from blogs and newspapers, and many of them feature your favorite chefs and authors like Yotam Ottolenghi, Annabel Langbein, and Ina Garten. 

Some of the videos stream directly from the Library; others can be viewed via a link. Just look for the small television icon at the bottom of the recipe description and click on it to pull up the video or the link. Use these video recipes to learn new techniques, or to just to admire your favorite food celebrities - we won't tell. 

Photos clockwise from top left: 
The ultimate chocolate cake from The Free Range Cook by Annabel Langbein
Tomato and pomegranate salad from Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
Quick cowboy beans (Frijoles charros rápidos) from Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless

Over 250,000 online recipes indexed

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We are excited to announce that Eat Your Books has now passed 250,000 online recipe links! The number is mind-boggling - over a quarter of a million recipes, from the best websites, blogs, and food writers on the planet, are only a click away. Every EYB Member, whether he or she has a free membership or a Premium subscription, can add any of these blogs, websites, or individual recipes to his or her Bookshelf. 

The breakdown of the 250,000+ online recipes includes:

  • 54,000 recipes from cookbooks - equal to 310 cookbooks
  • 81,000 recipes from magazines - equal to 1,650 magazine issues
  • 83,300 recipes from blogs and websites
  • 31,800 recipes added by Members using the Bookmarklet

Also impressive is the incredible variety of recipes. Taking a quick glance at the first page of recently-added links, you can find everything from How to make your own sprinkles to Bodega okroshka with kefir and pickle brine (Bokroshka) to Bacon and avocado Monte Cristo sandwich with jalapeno jelly to Sparkling strawberry cucumber sangria. There is even a recipe for how to make your own Peppermint vanilla lip scrub! The saying 'everything from soup to nuts' doesn't even begin to describe the diversity of food and drink you can find in the Library. 

Thanks (again!) to our hardworking indexers as well as our Members, who add to our constantly growing treasure trove of recipe links. Keep 'em coming, and happy cooking (and baking and drinking and DIY-ing)!

Another milestone in the books


Thanks to the hard work of both our professional and Member indexers, we have achieved another milestone at Eat Your Books - over 1.5 million indexed recipes! When we break down that impressive figure, we find over 1.2 million recipes from cookbooks; over 151,000 magazine recipes; and nearly 250,000 online recipes, including about 4,600 video recipes. Over 400,000 recipes (including book recipes and online recipes) have been indexed by EYB Members - thank you so much for your efforts. 

A deeper dive into the data reveals that about half of the recipes are associated with a specific ethnicity, with European countries accounting for the biggest share. You can find a recipe from almost every country or culture on the planet. Somewhat surprising to me was that were one and half times the number of Italian recipes as French recipes. Another interesting tidbit: nearly one-third of the recipes in the Library are vegetarian, and over 10 percent are vegan.

This staggering number of options can result in decision paralysis, which is why I am glad there are loads of ways to filter the list - by ingredient, recipe type, meal course, ethnicity, author, and more. The only disappointing thing about this incredible selection is that since the average person eats about 90,000 meals in a lifetime, I will only be able to sample a fraction of the delicious recipes on the site. Eat Your Books is indeed a bountiful resource - happy cooking, everyone!

New Bookmarks feature

You will notice when you look at your Bookshelf Recipes tab that there is now a chef's hat icon* before every recipe title. This is a new Bookmark feature that will show you at a glance on your recipe search results whether you have cooked a recipe (green), want to cook a recipe (orange) or have not chosen either (gray) - as shown in the 3 recipes below. You can also filter your recipes by those Bookmarks, using the filters at top right.

I Cooked This

When you bookmark a recipe that you have cooked, you can also now add the date that you cooked it and that will appear in your Notes (not visible to other members). The chef's hat can also be used to access your Bookmarks list.

And finally, a Bookmark feature that many members requested, you can now edit the names of your Bookmarks. Click Bookmarks under the My Bookshelf tab and against each Bookmark (except for the fixed EYB Bookmarks) there is a pencil icon to edit.

We plan in the future to use the "I Cooked This" recipe data to be able to do fun things like "most cooked recipe of the year" or "most cooked-from cookbook".

* If you cannot see the chef hat icons but are seeing a blue Bookmark button before every recipe on your Bookshelf, your browser has cached an older version of the site. Try doing a screen refresh - CTRL F5 on a laptop and CMD Shift R on a Mac. If after a few tries of that it has still not cleared, the next step is to delete your browser history/cache in the Settings for your browser.

Celebrating another milestone


We are pleased to announce that we have reached 7,000 indexed books in the EYB Library! Combined, the number of recipes inside these books exceeds 1.2 million - a mind-boggling number. To save you from doing the math, that is an average of 175 recipes per book. Some weighty tomes have more than 1,000 recipes. 

Among these large volumes, the reference book Larousse Gastronomique contains a whopping 3,887 recipes, the most from any one book. For regular cookbooks the most is Joy of Cooking (1975) at 3,131, then Joy of Cooking (2006) with 2,936 recipes, and finally Joy of Cooking (1997) with 2,547. We have indexed 8,614 Joy of Cooking recipes! Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything (10th Anniversary Edition) has 2,658 recipes and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian has 2,254. The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook has 2,017. On the other end of the spectrum, one cookbook has only one recipe: Squeaky Cheese: The Ultimate Guide to Making Finnish Leipäjuusto.

Let's give a cheer to all of the indexers, including our hardworking staff and EYB Members. We appreciate the tremendous contributions made by our Members - they account for 35% of the books indexed in the last year! One dedicated Member, Astrid5555, has indexed 123 books so far. She has worked her way through her English language books and is now starting on her cookbooks in German

You can request to index a book yourself (it isn't very difficult and most Members who do this end up doing more than one book) or you can request that EYB index it. Older or more obscure books are placed into the queue for indexing according to number of requests, so make sure you submit a request for any books you would like to see indexed. 

Tips for better search results

The number of recipes in the EYB Library is impressive and continues to grow. The only thing better than having such a fantastic repository of recipes is the ability to find just the one you are looking for. To that end, we are providing a brief tutorial on different ways to search for recipes in the Library. Remember, you can always visit the Help section if you want to learn more about a particular tool.  

First, you need to decide where you want to search: only on your Bookshelf, or more broadly. Most people begin by searching their own Bookshelf, by navigating to the My Bookshelf icon and selecting Recipes. From there, a number of tools will help you hone in on exactly what you want. While it is tempting to just type in a search term and hit the enter key, using a few refinements will provide better results. For example, if I have a chicken but do not have a plan for it, I could just type chicken into the search box. However, that search results in over 6,000 hits! That is far too many to browse through, but I can narrow my search considerably using the EYB filters. 

Filters can help you find recipes to precisely match what you are looking for by recipe type, ingredient, ethnicity, course, occasion, or nutrition. In the example above, I will get more finessed results by selecting Ingredient/Meat, Poultry & game/Chicken in the filters than by just typing Chicken into the search box. When I use this filter, I end up with roughly half the number of hits, just over 3,000. Why is that? Many recipe titles include the word "chicken" but don't have chicken in them (e.g. chicken fried steak), or they use an ingredient like 'chicken stock' or 'chicken livers', neither of which is what I have.

Even this reduced list is cumbersome, so I will use additional filters to whittle it down. I also have some lemongrass to use up, so I will add that filter as well by choosing lemongrass from the list of Herbs  under the Ingredients filter Now I am down to 73 results, but I can narrow the list even further. If I am not in the mood for soup, I can exclude all soup recipes. I choose Soups in the "Filter by" list, and then click the "+" to the left of the Soups heading, making it a "-". That excludes all of the soup recipes. Now I have only 46 options. 


I can continue to add filters to include or exclude ingredients, or I can use other types of filters, such as ethnicity, occasion, or meal course to make the list even smaller. Additionally, I can choose to search only within my cookbooks, only in magazines, or only online recipes. For these limitations, choose the appropriate option in the "Only show" section in the upper right corner of the screen. You can select more than one - I sometimes choose "Online Recipes" in addition to "Book Recipes". If I find a recipe that is available online I can use my tablet, which takes up less counter space than a large cookbook. 

If you are using filters to exclude allergens, please note that store-cupboard ingredients such as flour and eggs are not listed in small quantities (less than one cup of flour and less than 4 eggs).  In that case, using filters won't be a completely accurate way to find recipes for food allergies.

You can also restrict your searches to a particular author or book. You can do this by entering the book title or author name in quote marks in the Recipes search terms box, e.g. "Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" or "Ina Garten". From there you can add other search criteria. You can also search within any indexed book - whether it is on your Bookshelf or not - by finding the book in the Library and clicking on the link. When you get to the book's home page, click on the link "Search this book for recipes".

For those who are familiar with Boolean search terms, you can use them in the search box. Most of these results can also be achieved by using the filters but if you're familiar with Boolean logic you might want to use both methods.

Some examples of searches using Boolean logic:

  • AND is the default search for EYB so there is no need to put AND in your searches; e.g. entering chicken AND lemongrass to find recipes that use both chicken and lemongrass will show the same results as entering chicken lemongrass
  • OR to find recipes that have either of the criteria e.g. find recipes that use either chicken or lemongrass: enter chicken OR lemongrass
  • to find recipes that exclude a search term e.g. find recipes that use chicken but not lemongrass: enter chicken -lemongrass
  • by adding a * to the end of a word you will find all recipes beginning with that string of characters e.g. find all recipes that use pomegranates by the author Raghavan Iyer (useful if you can't remember how to spell words) - enter pomeg* ragh*
  • A more complex use of these terms: to find every chicken recipe that uses lemongrass but does not use stock and is not a soup - enter chicken and lemongrass and (-soup or -stock) 
  • Remember that using quotation marks (") limits the search to the exact phrase you type; if there are extra spaces it will look for those

I often switch back and forth between searching only my Bookshelf and searching online recipes. I choose the latter option when I know that I don't have any books, magazines, or indexed blogs that will focus on the subject matter. For instance, I have very few books on Chinese cookery, so I will look online for those recipes. If you are starting with your Bookshelf but then want to expand your search to the larger online Library, please note that the search filters do not automatically transfer from one to the other. If you use Boolean searches you can copy/paste the criteria, so that is another reason to do that if you are familiar with Boolean searching. 

If you search online recipes and find one you like, don't forget to add it to your Bookshelf so you can find it more easily next time! If you have any questions about searching that are not covered here or that are not explained in the Help section, please feel free to put them in the comments and we will try to answer them. Thanks, and happy cooking!

Buy a gift certificate and win a free lifetime membership

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You know how useful you find Eat Your Books? How about sharing that benefit with all your friends and family who love to cook? Gift certificates are available for one, two and three year memberships. And every gift certificate you buy between now and Dec 31 will enter you into a drawing to win one free lifetime EYB membership - you will never have to pay a membership fee again!

Also, please remember to link from EYB before making any purchase on Amazon. We earn a small affiliate fee for every purchase made in the next 24 hours after you click a Buy Book link. The more income we make, the more books we can index!

Gift certificate link

This promotion is now over. The lucky winner of the lifetime membership was XXOOL. But don't forget, EYB gift vouchers can be purchased all year round - perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, wedding presents, Mothers Day and more.

The amazing achievements of our indexers

How to Bake EverythingAs I'm sure you will all agree, EYB is an amazing resource. One important reason it is remains so valuable to our Members is the stellar work of our expert indexers, located in Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, and the United States. Their speed is impressive: one of our indexers (jumali on EYB) recently accomplished a marathon indexing of Mark Bittman's How to Bake Everything: Simple Recipes for the Best Baking. She completed this book, which contains a whopping 2,116 recipes, in a week! The dedication of our indexers allows us to have many cookbooks indexed as soon as they are published.

Many cookbooks require our indexers to add new ingredients. One recent example is Central by Virgilio Martinez, which required the addition of 127 new ingredients - from only 63 recipes! This is despite the fact that we already have over 34,000 ingredients in our database. (Modernist Cuisine however holds the record for the most new ingredients from one cookbook at 144). For Central, many of the new ingredients were for exotic Andean vegetables, fruits, flowers, and even tree bark. Central cookbookA few that stand out are llama milk, alpaca milk, papas valadoras (aka "flying potatoes" because they grow suspended in the air like a piece of fruit), and 7 new types of corn.

While our professional indexers are marvelous, we would be remiss if we didn't recognize the exemplary contributions of our Member indexers. They account for about 30% of the books indexed on EYB. Member indexers also hail from all over the world, including Austria, the Netherlands, South Africa, Portugal, and France, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the US.

Some Members have been indexing from the early days of Member indexing in mid-2011. At least one Member has indexed over 100 books, and several more are just a few shy of 100. Many have completed between 30 and 50 books. Bright Young ThingsSometimes Members begin indexing with the intention that their entire Bookshelf will be indexed - and at least one hardy soul has accomplished this feat.

Member indexing allows us to include books outside of the mainstream. Interesting books that have recently been indexed include Ital Food: Eating Rastafarian Style, Taste Lithuania, and Bright Young Things: A Modern Guide to the Roaring Twenties. If you haven't indexed a book because the task seems daunting, keep in mind that nearly half of our Member indexers have come back to index a second book.

Cheers and thank you to all of our indexers!

Event at Bonnie Slotnick's Cookbooks

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks  is a treasured resource for cookbook lovers across the world. If you are looking for a hard-to-find book, Bonnie can help you locate it.

Bonnie is located at 28 East Second St., New York, NY 10003 and her phone number is 212-989-8962 - if you have an inquiry for our favorite cookbook slueth. 

Myself and a few of The Cookbook Junkies are getting together this Tuesday, the 11th at 1 p.m. I will have passes to a trial Eat Your Books' membership for those who attend and we will browse the shelves and find some treasures. Come support Bonnie and her wonderful cookbook store and try Eat Your Books for three months for free.

Since really diving into Eat Your Books, I am having so much fun adding my books and exploring the site. The thought of entering my cookbooks was overwhelming at first but with a hand held scanner - it can be done very quickly. I myself am having fun entering a shelf at a time but I always take the road less traveled. I'm nearing a 1,000 books entered but have so many miles to go.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment (don't call Bonnie about this particular event - but do call her when you are looking for a book), I will be checking the comments later this evening. I look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday!

Photograph of Bonnie from her website.

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