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Cookbook redux

(article, Ashley Griffin Gartland)

What do a cookbook reviewer and home chef have in common? 

They both know how hard it is to find a cookbook in which they love every page, photo, and recipe — even if it hails from one of this year’s best-of cookbook lists.

That’s why a group of self-proclaimed foodies founded TasteBook. This new website changes the very idea of a cookbook by allowing users to collect and share recipes with friends and family online, organize bookmarked recipes from other websites, and publish their favorites in a personalized hardcover cookbook.

The site sources recipes from top chefs, cookbook authors, and popular recipe sites, including Epicurious, the online host for Gourmet and Bon Appétit. Users can also key in tattered recipe faves to create a 100-recipe personal cookbook that reflects their culture, family history, aspirations, or quirky culinary obsessions. 

Site members can even make a collaborative cookbook with friends. And yes, you can order them up as holiday gifts.