I searched the Chowhound boards for recipe organizing solutions and to see if anyone had votes for or against various computer-based programs, online or otherwise. No unanimous favorites, as everyone has different personal requirements for their cooking needs.
One of the more interesting tidbits I learned about is an online site called Eat Your Books (at www.eatyourbooks.com
). This is an enormous cookbook indexing site, with the recipes (ingredients only) from something like 60,000 cookbooks indexed -- you construct a "library" with recipes from blogs, magazines, and cookbooks you actually own, making your collection a monster resource.
* The free version only allows you to add 5 items to your library, meaning that the only way for the site to be worth it is if you pay for a full-fledged "membership" (monthly $2.50; yearly $25).
* There are only about 40 vegan cookbooks that have been indexed (though tons are listed). You can actually index cookbooks for yourself/the site, but you have to be a full member to do that.
* The indexed blog options are very limited.
* You can add personal recipes only as a member.
The potential for this as a tool to really dig into your cookbooks kind of blows my mind despite its limitations. Has anyone tried the full blown version?