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Like many of you, I have way too many cookbooks. Some are for show; some were intended as gifts that, once I start perusing, never seemed to make it to the intended recipient ... and others are my go-to's. Problem is, I have so many books that finding that one perfect recipe is a challenge. That, and some of the books seem to find their ways into a hole ... never to be seen for quite some time.
Came across a cool little web site/tool a few months back called Eat Your Books. In a nutshell, you tell it what cookbooks are in your collection ... and then you can search it for something like "perfect steak". It goes through indices of all your books and tells you which of your cookbooks have recipes that match your criteria. It also works great if you have a couple of ingredients, and are looking to put them to use ... but don't know which recipe to use.
The site also goes through your cooking magazines as well as various blogs. For me, it's been a godsend.
Now, I'm not affiliated with these folks at all and they do have a membership fee to join (reasonable, though). On top of that, some of my older books (back from the 1940s and 50s) have not all been catalogued. Think I had more than 95% of my books show up, though.
Thought that since it had helped me so much, I'd pass along the good word.
You an find them at www.eatyourbooks.com.