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May 11, 2012 03:25 PM

Tracking cookbooks

I didn't find any discussion of this. I was looking for a way to catalog my cookbooks so I wouldn't purchase duplicates at used bookstores/tag sales.

I found a program called Data Crow which seems to work very well. It's made for many types of collections (music, stamps, recipes) and uses separate modules.

Input is painless if the book has an ISBN number, otherwise you have to type in the information. It took a few hours to input all of mine, but then I could generate a report, put it in Excel and sort it to my liking.

It also has a feature to track books you've lent out so you know where they are when you can't find them. :)

Hope this helps.

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  1. I just use

    Inn addition to being a search engine for recipes you can also use it to inventory your books

    4 Replies
    1. re: twyst

      Another vote for eatyourbooks. I found it through a CH thread a few months ago, and it has been absolutely wonderful.

      1. re: debbiel

        Yup, I'm mildly obsessed with Eat Your Books. I can search my books in seconds. And I waste less food - example: I have some buttermilk in the fridge from muffins I made last week so I typed in buttermilk on my bookshelf and Voila! lots of buttermilk recipes. (I settled on chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting from Barefoot Contessa at Home...)

        I highly recommend the site. they add more cookbooks constantly...


        1. re: ladyberd

          Much better endorsement than my lazy "I like it!" one, Ladyberd! And yes, they do keep adding to it. I have at least one book I was surprised to see had been indexed, and I just started indexing another this weekend.

      2. re: twyst

        Another fan of eatyoubooks here!