That is HORRIBLE!!! Black Chef, Im so sorry. I wish I could help you in some way. Im almost surprised youre not more angry about the laptop than the recipes. But I can really understand. I have about 100 plus great recipes on my hard drive at home. It would kill me to loose them.
Best wishes to you.
I am horribly sorry! I've never understood the morons who do stuff like that.
Just a thought - have you posted a flyer around town, saying your laptop was "lost" (better than saying stolen) and that the one thing you need is your family recipes, and post a reward.
Perhaps the thief will feel guilty?