I found this great site through Twitter, it is basically an online index of a selection of popular cook books, so you register which books you own and then search for recipes you want - brilliant concept. Here is what they say in their press release:
New tool could revolutionise how we use cookbooks
A new website is launching today that aims to revolutionise the way people use cookbooks.
whatsinmycookbooks.com is a free online tool that makes the link between digital search and real-life books. It shows users exactly where to find ingredients and recipes in their OWN cookbooks, helping them make the most of the books they already have in their bookshelves.
A powerful search tool, whatsinmycookbooks.com lets users search by dish name, dish type or up to five individual ingredients. It has details on the book and page numbers for over 28,000 recipes in its online library, and what ALL of the ingredients are in every one.
Registered users can select a personalised ‘bookshelf’ to tailor the results of the search to the cookbooks they already own.
According to whatsinmycookbooks.com co-founders Chris and Linda Newton:
“We aim to provide a unique way for people to really make the most of their own cookbooks. Beautifully illustrated and filled with mouth-watering recipes – cookbooks are wonderful things to possess, so what a shame to see all of these lovely books hardly ever being used! Whatsinmycookbooks.com is the convenient and easy way to cook whilst still getting the enormous pleasure of using your cookbooks.”
The whatsinmycookbooks.com library is constantly growing, with a view to having every cookbook published in the last 5 years in the database by the end of 2011.
They are currently looking for suggestions for cookbooks to include in the site, so get over to What's in my cookbook.com register and make some suggestions.