That is called Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and many Printer/Scanners (like Hewlett Packards) come with this as part of their software. I assume you do not mean handwritten recipes.
In practice this is not as magic, nor fast as you would like. Using Siri or Dragon Dictate for dictation may be better.
There is a lot of dedicated recipe software, you might like to look at those as well.
The software i see needs the recipes to be typed in. Yes, I am talking about recipes that are hand written that I can scan and have them organized as in a recipe book.
So far, I have been scanning each recipe into a folder on my desk top; multiple folders, each one named for each category (i.e. salads, beverages, main dishes....etc.)
I dont want to print anything. I want to open my kitchen computer and cook from one of MY recipies. I dont even need an index to find a recipe. I will just scroll thru the folder until I find the one I want.
I just thought there would be an easier way to do this!!!
Scan the recipes to pdfs, then drag them all into a pdf file in Preview.app.
Just be systematic about sizing, resolution and names of the scans.
Do you have an iPhone or iPod Touch? You can just photograph all the recipes and collate them into a pdf file. That's way faster than scanning. Scanners are generally total and utter dogs.