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 Post subject: Cookbooks to digital database
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:29 pm 
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Greetings all!

I own just about all the PPK related cookbooks and I wanted to make a digital recipe database of all the recipes that I use from the cookbooks in a single place. Making grocery lists requires half a dozen cookbooks on the table and I would prefer to cut out all that. This is what I have in mind, a spreadsheet that you can filter based on ingredient or prep time with links to a digital copy of the recipe that is easily displayed on an iPad in the kitchen.
Spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc ... sp=sharing
Recipe doc:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mgT ... sp=sharing

My question is, has anyone done this before and might give me a couple of pointers and is there any way to get digital copies of recipes that I already own in book format? I would very much like to cut and paste into the master document instead of trying to type 100+recipes or taking pictures of the book pages.


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 Post subject: Re: Cookbooks to digital database
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:28 am 
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In the absence of feedback I have settled on the following work-flow. I am going to set up a well lit kitchen table and take pictures of all the recipes I want/need. I am then going to import all the pictures into Microsoft Word which has picture to text recognition (apparently called OCR, optical character recognition). I can then take the resulting word document and upload it as a google doc. I can then edit the word document again to generate the spreadsheet data. If people are interested I can document the steps and give tips as I go through the process.


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 Post subject: Re: Cookbooks to digital database
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:47 pm 
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This sounds like it would take a billion times longer than just looking through the index of a cookbook for a few minutes every week for the next 100 years. Good luck though!


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