24 October 2011

Eat Your Books


Update at end of post!!

No, I don't actually want you to eat your books! I would rather you ate something a bit more nutritious.

What I actually want to tell you about is a website. One that, now I have found it, I do not know how I would live without it. I know that is a bit of a dramatic statement, but in foodie terms it is a blessing.

I cannot remember how I stumbled across it. Someone must have mentioned it or I must have read about it somewhere. I was very excited when I got to the site.

What does the site do? You may ask. Well it is basically a search engine for your cookbooks. You add all the cookbooks you have to your bookshelf and any of the foodie magazines that they cover. They all appear on your bookshelf with a nice wee photo of the cookbook cover.

I don't know about you, but I don't use my cookbooks enough. If I do decide to use one, I end up sitting on the floor with piles of books all around me. To be honest, now I am a mum and back at work, I just don't have the time to waste Sunday afternoons just sitting and idly flicking through cookbooks, as fun as that is. So what happens is apart from that initial surge when the book arrives, they mostly sit on the shelf, unless I know what I am looking for.

This is where Eat Your Books comes in. Say you have something you need to use up in the fridge, an ingredient getting near it's use by date. All you do, is pop over to Eat Your Books and type your ingredient in the search box and EYB comes back to you in seconds with your results. It will list all the recipes in your cookbook collection that feature that ingredient, with details of the main ingredients you need. And EYB have a database of over 89,000 cookbooks and add more everyday. Voila, no need to search through all your cookbooks, just a quick look for the one you need.

Here is my search for mascarpone. There were 79 results. Click on the photos to enlarge them.




Next I click on the recipe I am interested in and a list of main ingredients will appear, along with a star rating if it has one and also a review if it has one.


You can also search for online recipes. If any of the recipes from your cookbooks are online (on the official site of course) there will be a link and they are also starting to include blogs that you can add to your book shelf and searches. EYB have asked if they can add Tinned Tomatoes and I was delighted.

One of the first bloggers to be added was Lori over at Recipe Girl Here is one of her entries, which came up in my mascarpone search, with a link directly to the recipe.



It's great isn't it? I love it and it is getting a fair bit of use in this house.



To Join, you can go to Eat Your Books website and add 5 of your cookbooks for free, just to try it out or choose a monthly ($2.50) or annual ($25) paid membership. Well, I was on the site for about 5 minutes before I had flexed my credit card and bought a year's membership. It is more than worth the spend. Such a fabulous resource especially if you have the 67 books I have or even more.

I got in touch with Jane Kelly one of the founders of Eat Your Books and after having a lovely chat, I asked if it would be possible to have a membership to give away. Jane was more than happy to oblige and has offered a free lifetime membership for one lucky reader.



So the same guidelines as usual . To win a free lifetime membership to Eat Your Books (worldwide):

1. just leave me a comment.

For extra entries:

2. Follow my blog Tinned Tomatoes and leave a separate comment to say you have done so.
3. Follow me @tinnedtoms on twitter and leave a separate comment to let me know you have done so.
4. Follow @EatYourBooks on twitter and leave a separate comment to let me know you have done so.
5. Tweet the competition using (Win a free lifetime membership to @EatYourBooks
over at http://tinyurl.com/6lbveee ) and leave a separate comment to say you have done so.
6. Like the Eat Your Books Facebook Page and leave a separate comment to let me know you have done so.

Yes, that is 6 opportunities to win!

Remember to leave separate comments as each comment is a separate entry.

The giveaway is worldwide. I am happy to post it out to the winner, wherever they live. The giveaway runs until Sunday 13 November 2011.

Good luck everyone!

UPDATE!!!

I have just been over to Eat Your Books and realised they have added my blog! Yay I am so excited *dance about the room*

So if you join EYB, remember to add Tinned Tomatoes Blog to your bookshelf!



Disclosure Statement: I bought my own membership and EYB did not approach me to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. In line with Tinned Tomatoes as a featured blog on EYB, I have been offered a free lifetime membership to follow on from the one I purchased. This has not had any bearing on this review.

102 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea Jac - thanks a million for bringing it to our attention - and better again if it was for free!!!!

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  2. I also recently discovered Eat your books and thought it was a fantastic idea! I'd love to win a year's subscription. I'm already a follower of your blog and I've liked the Eat your books FB page :-)

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  3. I'm a liker on the EYB FB page :-)

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  4. Wow, someone was sure thinking when they developed this jacqueline. What a great idea!

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  5. Sounds great - I have such a time keeping track of cookbook recipes - please put me in the draw

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  6. what a terrific idea. I'm always trying to purge my recipe books to make better use of them but to no avail. Could I choose just 5 though? Well maybe the good luck fairy will send the membership my way so I don't have to ;o)

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  7. Brilliant idea Jac, I can never find what I want when I want it - would love to win this one.

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  8. Wow, what a brilliant idea!!

    Sue xx

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  9. And of course I already 'Like' you on Facebook.

    Sue xx

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  10. So I had to just dash over and 'Like' EYB too!!

    Sue xx

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  11. What a great idea, Dom at Belleau Kitchen got me looking at my cookbooks again for his Random Recipes challenge and it made ,me remember how nice it is to use them (but how time consuming) This would be the solution!

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  12. And I think I just figured out how to follow your blog!

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  13. This is brilliant - now seems possible I might actually use a recipe from one of my cookbooks! Also a good way to remind myself which recipe I bought that obscure ingredient at the back of the cupboard for...

    Have tweeted about competition to enter :-)

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  14. I'm going to cave in and buy a subscription I think, but please enter me to win too!

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  15. already following your blog!

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  16. already following you on twitter @maxineflossy

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  17. now following EYB on twitter @maxineflossy

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  18. Hi there, have followed you on twitter (at last)

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  19. And have followed Eat Your Books on twitter too :-)

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  20. and now following eat your books on facebook

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  21. And last but not least have tweeted.... about the competition

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  22. I follow your brilliant blog of course :)

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  23. Oooh, I'd like to win that lifetime membership!!

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  24. Brilliant idea! Yes please!! am following your blog

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  25. following you on twitter via @bakingaddict

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  26. follwing @eatyourbooks from @bakingaddict

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  27. Sounds like a great idea sign me up!

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  28. Already following your blog!

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  29. A fabulous idea, and thanks for sharing it with us.

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  30. SO brilliant!! I could definitely use this with my zillions of cookbooks! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!

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  31. Fabulous idea, Jacqueline! I'd love it!

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  32. I've been there and love the site, too.. but it was a year ago so it looks like things have improved. Awesome! I will have to check it out again.... if I don't win a membership, of course. ;)

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  33. I already subscribe to Tinned Tomatoes via RSS

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  34. Ooh I do like the sound of this, its very clever indeed. I do like flicking through my books, but when it comes to using a ingredient and finding a appealing recipe, it can be challenging - so yes, of course a free subscription to Eat Your Books would be a fabulous prize for the winner - so for a chance I am entering.

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  35. That is the MOST brilliant thing I've ever seen - especially that it includes blogs too. It's a better timesaving device than the dishwasher! (well, nearly)
    I am forever thinking, "hmmm, now where did I see that recipe for xxx" and never being able to find it. Thanks SO much for posting about it, genius!

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  36. I got so excited about EYB I didn't notice the thing about the giveaway (doh!) Count me in - and I am now following Eat Your Books on twitter!

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  37. I posted about Eat Your Books only the other day. What a coincidence.

    It must be my destiny to win a free subscription! ;-)

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  38. I follow Tinned Tomatoes like a stalker!

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  39. I follow Tinned Tomatoes on Twitter.

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  40. I'm following @eatyourbooks on twitter as @serialcrafter

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  41. I've tweeted the competition.

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  42. Have liked Eat your Books on FB.

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  43. What an intriguing idea, I'd never heard of this site and would be fascinated to see how it works with my - how shall we say - quirky taste in cookbooks!

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  44. Follow you on twitter (@FoodieEmma)

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  45. Following Eat Your Books on twitter (@FoodieEmma)

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  46. 'Liked' on Facebook (Emma F******n)

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  47. A great website idea. Would make the bookshelf less crowded.

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  48. Brilliant idea! Confession: I currently have approximately 140 cookbooks, and I am trying to cook my way through the "reserve collection" which is shelved on the landing because there's no more room in the living room. So EYB would be a huge help in my endeavour.

    I'm already following your blog and now I've discovered you on Twitter, I'm following you there too (@veronicafrance).

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  49. And I'm following EYB because it's such a good idea!

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  50. Following on Google Friend Connect

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  51. Following on Twitter @robynlclarke

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  52. Following Eat Your Books on Twitter

    @robynlclarke

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  53. Like Eat your books on Facebook (Robyn Logan)

    @robynlclarke

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  54. I liked EYB on Facebook.

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  55. Following your blog

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  56. Just found your blog and love it.

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  57. Oh I would love to win this!! I signed up for an annual membership a couple of months ago and I have found it so incredibly useful for my existing collection. Also love that it introduces me to so many new books, magazines and blogs!

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  58. Great prize - would be wonderful to be able to search like that.

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  59. Following you on twitter @ericahughes

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x