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What it does: Another great beginner website when transitioning to online. The library contains more than 250,000 recipes, and you can also import your own. Pro membership allows for scanning, in which you photograph your recipes and they are transcribed through OCR (optical character recognition) scanning and human deciphering; you can also enter recipes manually. Pro membership also includes Web clipping, note adding and nutrition information.
In a nutshell: Don’t have the time (or desire) to manually input your mother’s handwritten recipes? Use the transcription service.
Platforms and prices: Website, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook, Windows Phone, Windows; free for basic, $2.49 a month or $19.99 a year for Pro membership.
EAT YOUR BOOKS
What it does: It’s your personal online cookbook library. Use the website’s indexing tools to locate the cookbooks and magazines you already own, along with blogs you follow to create an online bookshelf, then use the website to quickly search for recipes — by name, ingredients, occasion, food type, ethnicity, book title or author — when you need them. Use the Bookmarklet to add any online recipe to your collection, and tag books and recipes to organize them. The website also includes a shopping list function and a forum where you can chat with other members and see their ratings on books and recipes.
In a nutshell: All my cookbooks on my phone? I’ll take it!
Platforms and prices: Website; free for up to five books (and/or magazines and blogs), $2.50 a month unlimited, $25 a year unlimited.
What it does: Intuitive and easy-to-use visual tool for collecting and storing various interests, not limited to food. The idea is to “pin” — or bookmark — these ideas (recipes, foods, ingredients, etc.) to various “boards.” Boards can be organized in any way, such as generic “recipes,” holiday-specific courses and seasonal dishes and dietary needs. Pin recipes from anywhere on the Web to your boards, which can either be private or publicly shared with other pinners.
In a nutshell: Pretty pictures galore. I’ve spent hours at a time on Pinterest. I can share with anyone, and it’s so easy to “pin” new recipes and ideas.
Platforms and price: Website, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Android, Kindle, Nook; free.