Celebrating another milestone

The EYB indexing team is always working diligently to make sure the best new releases are indexed as soon as they are published. Their hard work has allowed us to hit another milestone of 8,000 books indexed on EYB.

What book was the 8,000th? How to Instant Pot by Daniel Shumski which has an  for our members to take a look at and is on 90 members' Bookshelves. For those of you interested in an Instant Pot - today's Prime Day special is an Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer for $58.99 - the lowest price ever in the US. The Canada Prime Day deals are currently unavailable. Update: Today July 17, How to Instant Pot is a Prime Day Deal!  

As we extend a well-earned "huzzah!" to our wonderful indexers, we'd also like to recognize our Member indexers, who currently account for 35% of new books indexed. A hearty thanks to each and every one of you for contributing to this exciting milestone.

It was just over a year ago that we celebrated 7,000 indexed books, so I thought I would take a quick look at statistics in the Library to see where we stand today. Combined, the number of recipes inside the 8,000 indexed books is over 1.35 million!  To save you from doing the math, that is an average of about 170 recipes per book. The books run the gamut from general cookery books to deep-dive specialty books, spanning all seven continents (only one book touches on Antarctica - The Thyme Bandit Cookbook: Recipes from White Star Farms and a Lifetime of Cooking from Alaska to Antarctica and All Places in Between. Below is a collage of covers of our most recently indexed books. 

Although most classic cookbooks aren't available in digital format, with our EYB Book Preview (149 titles to date) and new EYB Digital features, more recipes than ever can be accessed from electronic devices like computers, tablets, and phones. The Preview feature is an excellent way to sample a book before you commit to purchasing it, and EYB Digital has the potential to streamline the way you use your cookbooks. 

Remember, you can request to index a book yourself (it isn't 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. Here's looking forward to the next milestone!

You are going to love EYB Digital

Just over three months ago, we launched  and  a feature which allows you to view a selection of pages from a cookbook - including photographs, illustrations, and complete recipes - with just a click.. Since the launch, we now have 129 titles available for preview and we are adding more each week. To continue our efforts to bring our members cutting edge features, we are pleased to introduce - Eat Your Books Digital (EYBD).

What is Eat Your Books Digital?

The EYBD platform will provide digital access to the complete book when a member has pre-ordered a hard copy of the title before release date (or as noted below during a book tour). You do not need to be a paid member to access this feature and EYBD books are in addition to the 5-book limit for Free memberships.

The EYBD book is a conversion of the book to HTML much like our EYB Book Previews. The EYBD complete book will not be available on the site until publication date and will require proof of purchase to access the book. It cannot be copied, downloaded, printed or saved.

Once our platform goes live, we will provide details on how to upload proof of purchase (scan, screenshot or photo of receipt, online order, etc). The book and the access button will be added to the member's Bookshelf, though the book index and the EYBD book are not available until publication date.

For book tour events, EYB will supply bookmarks with sign-up details to the bookstores. Purchasers of the books at these events will get the digital book bundled as well.

Features 

For the first time you will have access to the full EYBD cookbook wherever you can access EYB - on vacation, at work, in the grocery store, etc. In addition to the digital book, all the features of EYB will be included in the access, at no cost to the book purchaser.

•            Recipe search
•            Bookmarks
•            Recipe ratings and reviews
•            Photo upload (personal photos of dishes cooked)
•            Shopping lists

 

Currently, we have the following titles slated for EYBD this year (my Cookbooktober post shares more details about these titles). We are adding more cookbooks as we go forward. Please note, if you have already pre-ordered one of these books, you still qualify for a EYBD copy and will follow the same procedures mentioned above.

Title

Author

Publication Date

Southern Baked *  EYB Book Preview

Amanda Wilbanks

8/7/2018

Seattle Cooks *  EYB Book Preview

Julien Perry

9/4/2018

Just a French Guy Cooking * EYB Book Preview

Alexis Gabriel Ainouz

9/6/2018

Vancouver Eats *  EYB Book Preview

Joanne Sasvari

9/18/2018

Copenhagen Food *  EYB Book Preview

Trine Hahnemann

10/2/2018

Home Cooking with Kate McDermott

Kate McDermott

10/16/2018

Pasta, Pretty Please

Linda Miller Nicholson

10/16/2018

Atelier  *  EYB Book Preview

Marc Lepine

10/30/2018

Searing Inspiration

Susan Volland

11/6/2018

Extra Helping *  EYB Book Preview

Janet Elsbach

11/13/2018


You will note that Amanda Wilbank's debut cookbook Southern Baked is slated for an August 7th release date.  This means members have a month to pre-order this title to receive the EYBD feature.

Southern Baked is a celebration of life through pie, but not just any pie, Southern pies including all the fixings to go along with. Amanda is the owner of The Southern Baked Pie Company in Georgia and knows pie! A few examples of recipes include Chicken dumpling pie, Roma tomato tart, and Lemon chess pie. Dust off your rolling pin, pre-order this book now and any others that catch your eye.

I'll be providing more information on these titles as we go forward as well as sharing updates when new cookbook titles are available. 

Tell us what you think about this new addition to Eat Your Books in the comments below. We look forward to your thoughts. 

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

 recipe collage

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

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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

 fireworks

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. 

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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!

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