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Nov 30, 2010 02:19 PM

Favorite method of scanning cookbook recipes

Does anybody have a favorite method for scanning cookbook recipes?

I would like to find the best way to scan a recipe into word and save it to my hard drive.

Do you use a hand wand type scanner or what? I'm sure you would need character recognition.

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  1. Hank-
    I have to say, I have never scanned a recipe. I have shelves of cookbooks, boxes of cookbooks, and stacks of cookbooks not opened yet. I have more magazines that I've saved for one recipe than I know what to do with. When I actually need a recipe, or am looking for inspiration, I take one look at my collection and just go online!

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    1. re: Whinerdiner

      Off topic, but I used to do the same thing! My collection was too large and scattered all over the house. Then I read a thread about Eat Your Books. Not all of my books have been indexed, but enough have to make it very useful for me. I tried the free trial and then joined. I am using my cookbooks again!

      1. re: meatn3

        Another huge fan of EYB here! It has re-introduced me to my cookbook collection. Found a recipe that I used for dinner tonight (Thai Fish Cakes -- 75th Anniversary edition of JoC).

        1. re: meatn3

          I got totally excited when i looked at Eat Your Books. Most of my cookbooks are in danish though, so it wouldn't help me much, since they aren't in the registry :c

      2. In the past I work in a place which had a copier that would scan a document and a full version of Adobe which would allow you to convert the scanned document into a word document. That is the easiest way I have found to do it. Let me know what you end up doing. I am very interested in converting piles of magazines into digital format and it seems to me that a format which would allow for editing the digital format would be the best option.

        1. Another option which wouldn't require you to have the full Adobe application would be to scan and save as a PDF file, then select the text you want from the PDF, copy it and paste it into a Word document. Not ideal, but if Word is what you want to use this will work.

          1. Most of the recipes that I have on my hard drive are from online. I just cut and paste and then edit to my hearts content.

            Unfortunately, I have a lot of cookbooks that I would like to transcribe. I'm too lazy to type all the recipes. A flat scanner doesn't work very well with a book. There is a high tech contraption, I could make or buy that involves 2 digital cameras and a frame---- a little more hassle than I want to deal with... maybe later.

            I will probably end up with a hand "wand type" scanner. I'm not sure which one but I will report back when I choose one.

            1. Typing. I'm a fast typist and have been typing from before the days of personal computers. Of course I do a lot of cut-and-paste from the web too, but I certainly copy print magazine and book recipes simply by re-typing them.

              Nowadays you needn't use white-out!