What is Cookbooker?
Cookbooker helps you find and create recipe reviews for your cookbooks, food magazines and favourite websites and food blogs. It's also a great way to catalog your cookbooks and quickly find your favourite recipes.
The Web is a fantastic place for ratings, reviews and sharing opinions on everything, including recipes. But what about the millions of recipes locked up in cookbooks and food magazines? Until now they've been left out of the discussion.
How does it work?
Simple. You can search and read reviews and comments from our users right now: just type some key words in the search box on any page. The easiest thing to do first is to look for books you own and see if anyone has reviewed any recipes from them. If nobody has yet, why not register and add them yourself? We grow more and more useful with every cookbook lover who joins us.
Want to have your own bookshelf and rate and review your own favourite recipes? Simple, too. Get an account by registering - it only takes a moment. Then create your virtual bookshelf, using our easy tools to add cookbooks, magazines and websites. Start by typing in some thoughts, suggestions, substitutions for a few of your most loved recipes from your tattered and stained cookbooks. While you're at it, warn people away from some of the duds you've found.
Have a friend or family member with the same cookbook? Invite them to join and they can share their own favourites and tips with you and the rest of the Cookbooker community. As the community grows, so does the power of Cookbooker to serve as a search engine for the cookbooks of the world.
I've always enjoyed food blogs and websites like Epicurious, but I still have a bookshelf full of cookbooks and food magazines (and I keep buying more) and I kept wishing I could get the same interactivity from them. I've only tried a fraction of the recipes I own, and I'm sure there are some classics (and some duds) locked up in all those books and magazines. But how to find out without cooking everything?
Not only that, but I kept forgetting where my favourite recipes were - especially in magazines. I'd sometimes spend ages thumbing through their post-it-note-fuzzed pages. When my mother told me one Christmas she'd spent almost 3 hours searching for a recipe in her cookbook cupboard I knew I wasn't alone.
So Cookbooker was born in late 2009. Since launching it has grown into a community of people sharing their love of good cookbooks and good cooking, and it continues to grow and change.
Does it cost anything?
Nope. Cookbooker is free and the basic tools for creating your bookshelf and rating and reviewing recipes will always be free. We may introduce added-value features in the future, and we will announce these widely when we do.
Who is behind Cookbooker?
Cookbooker was founded and is run by Andrew Gray, a web developer, foodie and cookbook lover based in Vancouver Island, Canada. We are not affiliated with any publishers, advertisers or authors.
How can publishers and cookbook authors participate?
We do sometimes review new cookbooks and produce intermittent articles about cookbooks and interviews with cookbook authors. We're happy to look at catalogues of backlist and upcoming titles from publishers as well as taking interview suggestions, but please don't send unsolicited books. Contact us for a mailing address and for any proposals.
We will make it clear any time any content on the site is sponsored by a third party or if any cookbooks reviewed or otherwise written about have been provided by the publisher.
How about bookstores?
We maintain the web's most comprehensive list of cookbook-focused bookstores. If you run a cooking or cookbook-focused bookstore, get in touch with us. We'd love to chat about how we can help promote local food and cooking related events and drive traffic to your store.