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July 11th, 2006

Searchable Cookbooks

As anyone with more than a few cookbooks on their shelf knows, it can be a little time consuming to search through your recipes to find ones that you like. They have varying degrees of quality with regards to their index and may or may not be searchable by ingredient. So a couple of years ago I had a flash of brilliance: if you buy a cookbook, why don’t publishers include a copy of the book’s recipes in a standardized format (RecipeML or whatever format it is they’re using these days) so that people can import them into a recipe app and have all their cookbooks searchable? After all, you’ve bought the rights to use the recipes, why not offer up all the functionality possible?

This won’t happen in the near future, I’m sure. It would take agreeing on a standard (first), some sort of protection against bootlegging (second), and extra work on the publisher’s part (third). But, you’ve gotta admit, from a user perspective, this would be pretty slick.

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday July 11, 2006 -- 8:09:29 pm
Next thing you know, kids will be sharing that copyrighted material on file sharing networks. And then, you'll have DRM for your RecipeML files.

And Lars Ulrich will be pissed that everyone is making his delicious macaroni salad.



FROM: Steve A
DATE: Wednesday July 12, 2006 -- 7:02:10 am
Maybe I'm odd ~ okay, I AM odd ~ but since I do work in the restaurant business and have around 300 cookbooks (and untold numbers of magazines laying around), I'd be hardpressed with any data base that I'd want ALL those recipes in.

What I have done over the years is type the interesting recipes I have or would use into MasterCook, my personal choice for a program.

Ciao,



FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 15, 2006 -- 10:21:33 am
Somehow, I do not think cookbooks are going to make it onto the bittorrent scene any time soon.

Well, except for that one Nieman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe that someone bought for $250. But everyone has that one already...



FROM: aharris
DATE: Friday July 21, 2006 -- 5:43:40 pm
I have the same problem. I tend to use these. Yellow: appetizer, blue: main course, pink: desert. It takes times but it's a pretty good system so far.



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