{giveaway} Eat Your Books

do you have a magazine recipe pile like me?

Sometimes I can’t believe anyone reads FSC, attends our food swaps or takes our classes. In this vast world of information, and a good majority of it about food, I’m still surprised at the loyal FSC Community (thank you!).

So when I saw that the new recipe-organizational website, Eat Your Books (EYB), link to Gina’s Dulce de Leche and then Heather’s Creamer recipes, I was taken aback and excited and honored. They index the real-deals in the recipe-writing world from food blogs (Smitten Kitchen and 101 Cookbooks, Food in Jars, Food52, Simply Recipes and David Lebovitz) to cookbooks (Joy of Cooking, Mastering The Art of French Cooking, The French Laundry Cookbook). Seriously, the 48 blogs that have indexed are some of my very favorite. The books… well, classics. Since their attention to our DIY recipes, we started a profile and created a small Bookshelf.

In really really good –related–news, the EYB Editors would like to index the blog for their users– What An Honor! I was floored. Jaw meet floor.

The EYB Team is hard at work indexing each of our recipes from the past two & a half years for your indexing pleasure. How cool is that? (blushing now). So we happily agreed to let them do this, and in return, we get to have a giveaway for ONE LIFETIME MEMBER to Eat Your Books on FSC —> Everyone Wins (in theory) and One Lucky Winner Wins the LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP!

{Eat Your Books. What is it?}

” Eat Your Books can help you find recipes in seconds, we’re the only website to have indexed the most popular cookbooks, so you can include them in your online searches. You might also like to use recipes from other sources, with Eat Your Books you can do a single search across ALL your recipes no matter where they are.

With Eat Your Books you can create your own personal Bookshelf and you can find recipes across:

  • Your cookbooks – tell us which cookbooks you own. If we haven’t indexed a favorite book, use the EYB indexing tools and do it yourself.
  • Your food magazines – add that stack of magazines, all the most popular magazines have been indexed.
  • Great food blogs and websites – add Food52, David Lebovitz, Smitten Kitchen, 101 Cookbooks and many more.
  • Your own personal recipe clippings – bring some order to your clippings files by using the EYB indexing tools.
  • Your favorite online recipes – using the EYB Bookmarklet – add any online recipe to your collection.

Eat Your Books is NOT a recipe site, so you won’t find the recipes here, but you will be able to find them and if there is an online version of the recipe there will be a link to it.”


Free membership 
  • add up to 5 books/magazines/blogs to your bookshelf
  • use bookmarks to organize your bookshelf
  • search the online recipe library
  • create a shopping list
  • access EYB on-the-go with the mobile version of the site
  • participate in discussions on the forum
Full membership ($2.50/month or $25/year) in addition to the free features, you can also:
  • add an unlimited number of cookbooks/magazines/blogs on your bookshelf
  • save individual online recipes you find in the EYB library to your bookshelf so they can be included in your searches
  • index your own personal recipes and add them to your bookshelf (clippings, Grandma’s recipe cards, etc.)
  • use the EYB bookmarklet to index recipes from around the web and add them to your bookshelf
  • member-index your own favorite books that may not be owned by enough members to get professionally indexed


  • This giveaway is for 1 lifetime membership to Eat Your Books. (EYB has provided us with this giveaway, we have not been compensated for this giveaway except for having our recipes indexed on EYB!)
  • Open to EVERYONE!! (our second giveaway where we don’t have to limit the winner to a US Resident! High Five! )
  • Giveaway ends at midnight Friday, October 26th, 2012. The winner will be notified via email and on our main Facebook page on Sunday, October 28th.
  • We will pick the winning comment, randomly via the always random, random.org
  • All entries will be in the form of a comment BELOW, You can comment up to 3 times by doing the following:.

1st comment: “Like” Eat Your Books on Facebook or Twitter and tell us in a comment below that you did so!

2nd comment: Answer this set of questions: Why do you think EYB’s recipe indexing Program would be helpful in your life? Do you already organize your blog, website, cookbook and magazine recipes somehow? If so, how? (curious minds wanna know!)

3rd comment: Tell a few friends about FSC and send them along, maybe via face-to-face contact, brining them to one of our food swaps or link to us on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter. There is no way to verify this, just using good old karma for this one.

Again, ALL entries (up to three total) need to be in the form of three separate comments below. Other comments on other posts (or on Facebook or Twitter) will not count towards this giveaway.



44 Comments Add yours

  1. Terry says:

    I liked Eat Your Books on Facebook. My first entry!

  2. Germana Eckert says:

    EYB is truly international!

  3. Christy says:

    I liked Eat Your Books on Facebook & followed them on Twitter.

  4. Christy says:

    Second entry!

    About a year ago, one of my friends took several of my old paperbacks to her favorite used book store and returned with some cookbooks for me. I absolutely love them. However, I realize that I very rarely use them! I have my few standby recipes and every once in a while I’ll be preparing a special meal and take the time to read through the books, but it is a pain in the butt to sit and look through every ingredient list “Does mom like that? Will dad eat this? What about my picky sister?” Having the indexing system will help me find the recipes that I want to use.

    The most organization I have to my recipes is my “Food I want to Eat” board on pinterest. And last Christmas a friend (the same one from above actually) created a “Tastebook” for me. It’s a personalized cookbook with some of my favorite recipes. Because I know many of my favorites are in there, I use that cookbook quite often. But that’s about the best organization that I have.

  5. Raida says:

    I liked EYB on FB!

  6. Christine says:

    I have been following EYB on twitter for some time now.
    I use the website regularly. I can now search my cookbooks on the computer. This gets me using the cookbooks I already own instead of searching websites for new recipes.

  7. Bonnie M says:

    I already follow EYB on Facebook!

  8. Bonnie M says:

    I have used EYB and love that I can find recipes more easily within the cookbooks I have. For example, when I can’t remember which cookbook had those fantastic brownies I made a month ago, a quick search will usually point me in the right direction. I also organize recipes using Google Bookmarks and Pinterest. Each way has its pros and cons.

  9. Bonnie M says:

    Last one, I’ve told several people who have a similar love of cookbooks about EYB!

  10. Andrea says:

    I follow EYB on Twitter and Facebook!

  11. Andrea says:

    I have used EYB before and it was *excellent* for pulling together recipes I have all over the place – some in physical books, some in ebook format, some from favorite blogs, etc. It’s an excellent site that’s just always improving. Also, it’s super easy on the eyes – such pretty design. 🙂

  12. Andrea says:

    I just tweeted your Pinterest page – and pinned a few from the fermentation section – awesome stuff!

  13. Romy says:

    I like EYB on Facebook!

  14. Romy says:

    I used to organize my recipes in an excel sheet but since I found EYB I’ve converted to their site. Love it and would love to win a lifetime membership!

  15. griffson812 says:

    Liked on FB! 🙂

  16. griffson812 says:

    I have tons of cookbooks and also keep recipes in an email folder, a binder, on Pinterest – basically all over the place. I’d love to give EYB a try so that I can have a better sense of what recipes I already have as well as easily find more.

  17. Kate H says:

    Liked on Facebook!

  18. Kate H says:

    I’d really love to have this – I’ve got recipes copied into a folder on my hard drive, a master cooks program with my own recipes and a couple of binders, one with canning recipes, the other, divided by subject with all the rest. I don’t have a way to catalog all the indexes (indecies?) in my cookbooks.

  19. Kate H says:

    I brought a friend to the last swap to see what it was about and she’s going to swap this time, does that count?

  20. Following on both FB and Twitter. I am so glad to have discovered their site via FSC.

  21. Clare says:

    Following EYB on twitter- love love their site

  22. Trish says:

    Liked Eat your books on twitter- genius idea!

  23. Trish says:

    Having eat my books would mean no more food wastage. It would allow me to search and find recipes for those obscure ingredients I have bought in the past for a particular recipes and which have since been left in the pantry unloved.

  24. Trish says:

    Shared with my daughter in law your fab site – she is a novice cook and this site would be brilliant for her!

  25. Clare says:

    I have been an Eat Your Books member almost since the beginning and adore it- it allows be to recoup the investment I make in cookbooks by ensuring I actually use them. Perhaps my fav thing is it makes me try new dishes and stops me getting caught in a rut. Finally another stregnth (in my view), although some would see this as disadvantage (in my family’s mine) is that it helps me find new cookbooks to buy- what an indulgence it is to browse for cookbooks that catch my eye!

  26. Clare says:

    Have now passed on the details of your fantastic site to several close friends who are all curious cooks. I was so excited when I found the link from EYB to here- I had not come across the site previously. Would love to get together a group of friends and develop something similar for the Australian setting- just a dream though.

  27. Hilary says:

    I have liked Eat your Books on Facebook!

  28. Hilary says:

    I think EYB is brilliant – I have no system for organising my recipes, and I have a lot of them. I generally cook from current favourite cookbooks (usually recently acquired), recent magazines, or things spotted on blogs. Books and magazines that I have had for a while get overlooked which is sad because some of them are great. EYB means that I can browse all of them, without covering the dining table in books and magazines, and better yet, I can browse from my office for dinner during the week which means I don’t just fall back on variations of the same thing.

  29. Casey says:

    I liked and followed EYB

  30. piratejeni says:

    You know, one of the reasons I get digital cookbooks now is so that I can search them. This sounds like a fantastic idea. I’m not entering the contest but I’m totally going to check them out!

  31. piratejeni says:

    Ok.. this is awesome.. I’m going to go ahead and get a membership. It’s very similar to what Ravelry does for knit/crochet pattern books.. which is my favorite feature there. I’ve already added a few books to my bookshelf at Eat My Books.. come payday I’m IN!

  32. Aimee G says:

    #1 – Now following EYB on Twitter (@SFSwappers)

  33. Emma F says:

    I ‘liked’ EYB on Facebook (Emma F******n)

  34. Emma F says:

    I have literally hundreds of cookbooks, and probably tear out a dozen or more extra ones from magazines and newspapers every week. Since moving house recently I not only don’t have a system for organising them – they’re not even arranged in any order, they’re just piled on the shelves hiddldy piggldy! I’d love to make better use of my amazing collection and EYB would guarantee I did just that!

  35. Emma F says:

    As a Brit I sadly can’t send friends along to your Swaps/Clubs but will definitely be sharing your recipes from now on! 🙂

  36. Sarah S says:

    I liked EYB on facebook!

  37. Sarah S says:

    I’ve been using EYB for quite a while now as my main method for recipe/cookbook organization. EYB has been an incredible help to me! I almost never used my cookbooks before and I could never find recipes in magazines/blogs quickly and now it’s incredibly effortless to categorize my recipes efficiently 🙂 Seriously, I’m in love with EYB.

  38. A Hope says:

    I think EYB’s indexing feature would be great for when I want to plan ahead but I’m not at home with my books. I love Ravelry, and having something similar for all my cookbooks and magazines would be wonderful. Right now I’m just organizing recipes with Pinterest, which is ok but not especially full-featured.

  39. A Hope says:

    Linked to FSC on pinterest!

  40. A Hope says:

    Linked to EYB on twitter!

  41. I think it would be AWESOME to organize my recipes so that I can plan from any remote location *work*. Hahaha

  42. I am tryinnggg to bring a friend to the next swap, she works out of town a lot so it is tough! I have told a lot of people about your blog though!

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