I love to cook and consequently have a collection of roughly 100 cookbooks. However, in the past few years, most of my new recipes have been gleaned from watching the shows on the Food Network. I have a binder filled with Giada’s and Rachael’s and Paula’s and Tyler’s recipes, and many more that I’ve printed out but haven’t yet filed away. I’ve tried many of the recipes, and have liked more than not, and wanted to pare down the book to my tried-and-true favorites in one handy place.
The recently launched TasteBook Web site turns digital recipe boxes into ring-bound custom cookbooks.
TasteBook is linked with the culinary Web site Epicurious.com, which means users can import recipes and photos from its tremendous database, drawn from Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines. Users also can add their own recipes to TasteBook accounts, then add them to their books, which cost $35 for 100 recipes.
Once users select their recipes (except for personal recipes, everything is drag-and-drop) and cover art, the attractive and sturdy books are printed and delivered in about a week.
The drawback at the moment is that recipes are limited to those on Epicurious.com or those users are willing to type in manually. The company promises that in 2008 users will be able to link to numerous other online recipe sources. I’m anxiously awaiting a link to FoodNetwork.com.
It’s $35 at www.tastebook.com.
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