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Eat Your Books -- New Version Out [Moved from Home Cooking]

roxlet Aug 31, 2010 07:11 AM

I have been meaning to start a new thread on Eatyourbooks.com since the other has grown so long that it is taking a while to load. I have just begun exploring the new iteration, and so far, it seems like an improvement...

  1. pikawicca Sep 28, 2010 04:25 PM

    I think it is, but I want my friends back!

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    1. re: pikawicca
      The Dairy Queen Sep 28, 2010 04:31 PM

      "Friends" is one of the "missing" features that they are working on. http://www.eatyourbooks.com/blog/2010... I wish they'd hurry up and start indexing more books!


      1. re: The Dairy Queen
        pikawicca Sep 28, 2010 04:41 PM

        Yes, I keep checking for more indexed books, but it's not happening.

        1. re: pikawicca
          The Dairy Queen Sep 28, 2010 04:48 PM

          I know, I've been checking, too.

          They say (in that missing features link I gave aboce) that they can't index any books while they are updating the indexing feature to enable users to index cookbooks... I hope the wait isn't too long... And I hope users actually DO index cookbooks, thereby making this wait worthwhile!


    2. The Dairy Queen Sep 28, 2010 04:38 PM

      Here's a link to the old thread, by the way. Almost 500 posts! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/677870#5292022

      Also, I've been meaning to comment on SMtuckers post wherein she says "Did discover that you can't remove a bookmark. Instead you have to remove the book from your bookshelf and then add it back."

      Actually, I don't think that's true. All you need to do is find the book on your book shelf, then click on the book's title. That should bring up four tabs: recipes, notes, bookshelves, and more detail. If you click on the "more detail" tab, you'll see all of your "categories" off to the right. To delete a category, just click the "X" next to the category.

      I hope that's clear.


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen
        smtucker Dec 12, 2010 08:55 AM

        Just found this thread, and the new build does include this feature. I am using it regularly now as I rotate books in and out of the COTM. Thanks for the note.

      2. oaklandfoodie Oct 5, 2010 04:37 PM

        I can tell this is going to be a huge time sink, I mean time saver, for me. I was a bit lost in the old thread (since I just signed up today) perhaps it was becauase of this new version. Regardless, I'm loving the site, and was able to add 42 cookbooks just from memory. I can't wait to get cooking! THANK YOU!!!

        1. The Dairy Queen Oct 5, 2010 06:21 PM

          hey hey hey, I just noticed a NEW book has been indexed on EYB...Maybe we're up and running again?


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          1. re: The Dairy Queen
            pikawicca Oct 5, 2010 06:57 PM

            Yes, and now I'm thinking I need a muffin book, since I don't have one. I must get this cookbook addiction under control.

            1. re: The Dairy Queen
              pikawicca Oct 5, 2010 07:47 PM

              Scroll down and you will find LOTS of new books! Why has this discussion been moved to NAF? It's a cookbook conversation, and should be on Home Cooking. The NAF folks are not going to be interested, while the HC folks are.

            2. roxlet Oct 5, 2010 06:39 PM

              I have been enjoying using this site recently. It is perfect for "now, where was that recipe again" moments, plus I used it to help me decide on which veal stew recipe to make. All in all, it grows more useful each time I got to the site.

              1. CindyJ Oct 12, 2010 07:35 AM

                A question about EYB (I haven't tried it yet) -- does it also index food magazines? I've subscribed to many food magazines over the years, but the only ones I've held on to are Cooks Illustrated and Fine Cooking. I'm wondering if any publications are included.

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                1. re: CindyJ
                  The Dairy Queen Oct 12, 2010 08:02 AM

                  Not yet, but they say it's on the horizon. Right now, there's currently a poll going on EYB asking the members which magazines they'd like to see indexed.


                2. oaklandfoodie Oct 12, 2010 12:39 PM

                  Had a great success last night, my first real time using EYB. We were grilling tuna and i wanted a miso sauce or dressing for the fish and spinach. A quick search on EYB and I ended up using a cookbook I hardly ever use (Sara's Secrets) - the miso sauce was super easy, quick and a great pair for the fish. I will definitely make it again!

                  1. The Dairy Queen Dec 6, 2010 12:49 PM

                    I just noticed that on EYB's home page they are saying they will soon take the site out of beta, after which they will no longer offer the "lifetime" membership option. If you've been dragging your heels and are interested in a lifetime membership, you might want to jump in while you can.

                    I don't know what memberships will be available after the "lifetime" option is no longer available. Annual membership (which is currently $25/yr)?


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                    1. re: The Dairy Queen
                      meatn3 Dec 7, 2010 10:30 AM

                      My SO purchased my lifetime membership for my birthday a few months ago. I rate that as one of the best gifts ever!

                      I am so thankful I finally read the EYB thread and learned about it.

                      1. re: meatn3
                        The Dairy Queen Dec 7, 2010 11:22 AM

                        Nice gift! I'm sure you'll get lots of use out of it. Yes, we all owe beetlebug a big Thank You for bringing this to our attention!


                      2. re: The Dairy Queen
                        Rubee Dec 9, 2010 09:53 AM

                        Love this site. I use it all the time, just last night looking for ideas for an appetizer to bring to a fellow Chowhound's house this Saturday. Glad I bought the lifetime membership. Thanks BB for posting the original thread!

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                        sparkareno Dec 8, 2010 10:29 AM

                        I was just on the site because I was thinking of asking for the lifetime for Xmas & I don't see it offered. I see 2.50/ month or $25/year. Am I too late?? Yikes--I would hope they at least offer it through the holidays.

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                        1. re: sparkareno
                          Breadcrumbs Dec 8, 2010 03:50 PM

                          You're too late, the site is no longer in Beta. The lifetime membership was a limited time offer for over a year. The site has been communicating that this offer would be coming to an end and encouraging folks to take advantage.

                          If you have cookbooks and like to cook, I'd really encourage you to join.

                          I've been a member since the site's early days and can't say enough good things about EYB. It's changed the way I cook and most definitely has given my cookbooks a new lease on life. Not to mention having given me a good reason not to feel guilty about new books!

                          The customer support is, personal, professional and in my experience, unprecedented in terms of responsiveness.

                          1. re: sparkareno
                            The Dairy Queen Dec 9, 2010 10:05 AM

                            Wow, that was fast. Sorry you missed it. :(.


                          2. sockii Dec 9, 2010 09:40 AM

                            I'm really eager for the add-your-own-books function to go live. I love the idea of the site but so little of my book collection is currently indexed, it's not nearly as useful to me as it could be (as of now, only 12 of the 83 books on my "bookshelf" are indexed, plus two supposedly "indexed soon." Meanwhile, I have about 30 books I've tried to enter that don't show up as listed at all.)

                            It seems like there's a definite leaning toward celebrity chefs and FoodNetwork types as far as which books are up...I really want to see user indexing go live so I can get to work on some of my older/vintage books that I love and find more useful...when I can find the recipes in them I want, that is!

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                            1. re: sockii
                              smtucker Dec 12, 2010 08:57 AM

                              The site owners also claim that they are noting which books are owned by a large number of members, and will be indexing them on a priority basis. So if you own books that aren't indexed, do add them to they are included in these counts.

                            2. JoanN May 18, 2011 06:24 AM

                              Congratulations, JaneEYB!

                              No small feat to beat out Google.


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                              1. re: JoanN
                                Breadcrumbs May 18, 2011 06:48 AM

                                Joan, thanks for sharing this link!!! BIg congratulations to Jane & Fiona!! I've been an EYB member for over a year now (I found Chowhound via a post on EYB!!!. . . one more thing to love about them!!) and I simply don't know how I lived without them!

                                When I'm looking for inspiration of what to make for dinner or, how to use a terrific ingredient I've picked up at the market, I always turn to EYB to find out which of my very own cookbooks contain a recipe I can use. I no longer suffer any guilt in adding to my cookbook collection because I know I can put the books to good use.

                                I used to turn to the internet as a quick resource for recipes but have barely used online recipes at all since becoming an EYB member. I'd much rather put my cookbooks to use where I can be sure of a recipes source and, that the original recipe hasn't been lost in translation somewhere along the way and, benefit from recipe notes and reviews of other EYB members. Oh, and now (as of yesterday) EYB is also adding links to cookbook author's online versions of recipes from their books if they exist.

                                EYB really does have it all, far superior to Google Recipe search. So glad to know that others are now finding this out too.

                                Hats off to EYB!!

                                1. re: JoanN
                                  buttertart May 18, 2011 11:02 AM

                                  That is truly marvelous, I was very happy to see it too.

                                2. buttertart May 18, 2011 12:18 PM

                                  I joined, I'm so happy. I like being able to click on books to add them, the thought of typing in titles or ISBNs as in the original version was just too daunting. This is fun, and brava again, JaneEYB! (User name is buttertart there too, I've only put a few books in so far off the top of my head.)

                                  1. The Dairy Queen Jan 24, 2012 10:23 AM

                                    Look what Epicurious is doing with e-cookbooks! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829915

                                    I'm very torn...


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