Much as I love to hold a book in my hand, the fact is that paper has also become an endangered species! I have cooked from my laptop in the kitchen, but splashing a bit of stock on a cookbook is nowhere near as consequential as getting some in your keyboard. That said, I am a fan of bookstores, especially small ones like Omnivore in San Francisco, that found a great niche cookbooks and have author events, which is one way they can have an advantage over online and big box bookstores.
It does bode well for the likes of newspapers if people will pay for subscriptions on devices like Kindle. I want a touchscreen computer wall-mounted near where I do most of my cooking. I can search the web for any recipe I want, or I can search my own recipe files using the internal software. Cookbook: Read step 3. Heat mixture until the temperature reaches degrees F.
As someone who is at the oldest end of generation Y I must admit that I really enjoy using my laptop in the kitchen mostly just on the kitchen table — right next to the cookbooks. I find the internet a great resource for finding recipes provided I know what I want to make.
I also occasionally use my i-phone in the kitchen but generally just stick with the laptop. However, I find the internet somewhat overwhelming if I am just looking for a bunch of ideas for meals before going to the grocery store and have learned it is a much more effective use of my time to peruse my cookbooks. That said, I almost exclusively use cookbooks with pictures for almost every recipe. Always a pleasure to read you David! All in all we live in a time that is very exciting and so full of potential, but admittedly a bit uncomfortable. Jamie has a photo, text, and audio for each step of a recipe, a shopping list feature, and technique videos.
And certainly above and beyond a typical cookbook. TasteTimer turns an iPhone or iPod Touch into a new kitchen gadget. This is what is so exciting about these new platforms. Video, audio, and actual tools can be part of the cooking or baking experience. There are several conversion apps. The Fromage app is a database of cheeses.
Then again, I mostly read those for entertainment and learning, not necessarily to cook from. I recently purchased Living Cookbook to try to organize all my emailed recipes, bookmarked recipes, etc. I love browsing at bookstores, finding books I would not have known otherwise. However, I have a friend living in outside a small town in the mountains, and an aunt whose dizzy spells are limiting her driving, and each rave about Kindle.
These new mediums are ideal for those isolated in different ways. I still love a book in my hands, and seeing where a favorite recipe is from the increasing splatters on pages. I use my laptop in the kitchen but it is not as convenient as flipping to a page in a book if I have to keep scrolling down a computer screen with flour or sugar all over my hands.
My dozens of traditional cookbooks are splattered and stained with food from decades of use and they wear them like badges of honor. But I have been doing research. I travel a lot and bringing books on the plane can make my carry on pretty heavy. I did a little research and the newer Kindles do allow you to put your own PDF and image files on them.
I love this because then I can get a book from any source and load it on. Then when I finish one book due to a 3 hour delay I can easily move onto the next. But I think I would still buy my magazines. The pictures are so vivid and when I find a page I like I tend to rip it out to make it easier to find and file away according to my own system.
This would be a little hard with an e-reader…. Interesting that you posted about this today — my brother told me this weekend about the Mac touch screen rumor. I love reading cookbooks before I go to sleep at night! However I can see that it would be so much more practical to have them all stored on a computer. I LOVE the idea of being able to accompany someone like you via video to the Paris markets and shops to actually see the products, vendors, and places that you talk about. I work on a Mac so have to go back and forth from kitchen to office to check recipes and print them out for my kitchen.
For me to use Kindle for cookbooks they will have to evolve to be as visual and fun as the internet. What I hope to do is use an LCD and one of those rubber-coated keyboards in the kitchen, so I can access the internet as well as my wiki. I keep my laptop in my kitchen because that is where I am most of the day. I own a sony reader which I find great for travelling… no need to lug lots of books when you can download more onto it than you can probably read on a vacation. I subscribe to both Cooks Illustrated on line and paper, so what I do is pull the recipe I want and then find it in paper.
I also just like to read each issue and see what they and the readers are thinking. I love cookbooks just for reading. There is something about holding the volume in your hands and looking at the photos or if there are reference sections to the recipe flipping the pages back and forth. Maybe it is a generational thing… I still like to get regular mail too! You could probably get an ingredient list to take to the store with you or have it downloaded to your phone. I love the stained pages of my first cookbook, The Moosewood Cookbook, although there are probably only two things I make out of it, and the stains made by mother, who passed away years ago, in her copy of The Settlement Cookbook.
What e-tool has that kind of sentimental value? PS My 15 year old picked up The Sweet Life in Paris after she saw me using it to make your spiced nut mix and ripped through in a day. Now my 10 year old is curled up under the covers with it. But would either of them cook dinner tonight? I have been loving my iPhone in the kitchen dreaming about the tablet nightly kept me from getting a kindle for Christmas.
I have downloaded several apps ratio, taste timer, mise en place, grocery IQ and locavore and cookbooks the flavor bible is amazing. The only thing holding me back right now is the lack of cookbooks available through the Barnes and Noble and Kindle apps for the iPhone. I do hope that with more media rich alternatives you do not have to sit through videos or recordings just to get to a trusted old recipe in text.
The iPhone apps are great! After reading some reviews on here, I might have to download Jaime Olivers! You can download your own personal recipes and is splash resistant. I spent part of this morning setting up pages that I print of fabulous recipes I have discovered on various online blogs.
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I like to set up pages that are easy to read with the image s included…and when I decide to make something, I print the page. Putting handwritten notes on these printed recipe pages, which go into a three ring binder keeps my favorites close. Like you were at first, I am reluctant to read a cookbook—or any book, really—from a little electronic screen.
As the options increase and the prices decrease, I suspect that I, too, will eventually jump on the bandwidth wagon as well. Hm, expensive electronic gadgets in my kitchen? If they were water resistant, had a screen that could be cleaned easily, then: yeah, why not. At the moment I think that nothing beats dead trees when it comes to information display and conservation, as everybody who had a hard disk die on them or a webservice canceled will agree. I use my laptop in the kitchen all the time, and I would really love something more convenient.
I use Big Oven recipe software, which I really love because I can copy and paste stuff from the internet, or enter recipes manually, and then the recipe is searchable by ingredient or other types of tags. Great questions and hopefully we are just around the corner from some realistic options to help not only monetize for the author, but add great value to the work that will benefit the publisher, author and consumer….
I started writing a response to you question and ended up on my 7th paragraph before I realized the comment was simply too long… I think I will have to think this through and post something on the subject very soon… it is that time of year for my annual post on my feeble blog page…. I confess to getting a little crabby when it comes to the new technology…even though I thoroughly enjoy visiting this blog. David, Forgot to answer some of your questions — I prefer an advertiser-driven model to a fee based one.
I will buy a Kindle type device or Mac tablet when they have books with color photos like there are in actual books and video would be a great addition too. Would like a device like a laptop, but smaller and something a little larger than an iPhone for reading. A tablet would be great to have in the kitchen — something that is not a susceptible to spills, and could be mounted on the wall if need be. As always, another great blog post!! I store my recipes on my computer and gleefully surf the web in search of recipes, answers and inspiration.
The publishing houses will adapt writers still need guidance on their work and people still want to know what is going on in the world. People have always had to pay to read a newspaper, magazine, etc. For the independent writers, designers, etc. Would I pay for some web based blogs!!
Well, depending upon the price, you bet!!! And yes, your blog would be at the top of my list!!! Bloggers who are good, have something to say, write well, and have lasted tend to move successfully into print yourself included. Many bloggers who are initially interesting quickly run out of things to say and fade, stopping posting or posting infrequently Chez Pim, World Foodie Guide as examples.
I use my PC as an adjunct to them but usually to look for more from the same trusted source your salt butter caramel ice-cream is a good example, not in the book but on the web. Will I use a tablet or kindle? Obviously it will need good content, but is there more?
Does inspiration come from flipping through the pages of the book? If I want to make something specific, I will look it up on a trusted site online.
However, for me as with many others I suspect there is still great pleasure to be had from holding and in my case snuggling up to a good cookbook — not necessarily when I want to cook a particular recipe but for inspiration, guidance, learning more about technique etc. For me, reading a good cookbook is like having a conversation with the author; a much more personal experience than looking something up online via a gadget like my laptop or phone.
Somehow, even though the words may be the same it loses something in translation from paper to screen. I love my gadgets and technology and am well versed in both. Nothing could ever replace a written cookbook for me. I pour over its content, I read it cover to cover like one would a crime-thriller or a racy novel.
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David, I would say that there will always be a place in my heart for my favorite cookbooks, but in my work I am slowly moving from paper files to digital files and wonder if eventually cookbooks will follow that path too. I loved this overview! Your description of how you would use video add-on would keep me coming back again and again.
Information wants to be free! The content provider wants to be compensated. The advertiser is our broker. When I find a recipe I like to try, I pull it up on my crackberry and take that into the kitchen with me. Since counter space is a premimum, I hate bringing my laptop in there, or using the netbook. The only downside was I got molasses it the usb outlet, but it cleaned up alright. I am looking forward to the day when a chip containing all cooking information available and which would be automatically updated can be inserted into my brain. No wires, no pesky little tablets, no need for wonky voice activation I will be able to see and hear directions simultaneously , no fears that I will damage pricey equipment.
Until that time, I will make do with scraps of paper stuck recipes which are often synthesized from web research into my 20 year old Fannie Farmer cookbook, having my office right off the kitchen with its desktop, and the server my husband set up for our housewiki info including maps, shopping lists, stores, staples, preferred brands which can be downloaded into our ipods so we can be kept current on what needs to be bought in what shop when we are out in meatspace.
We are both approaching sixty so we are a bit different from our peers. I never enjoyed print media and bought probably 5 food magazine issues and maybe 10 cookbooks in my life despite being absolutely infatuated with cooking. They always seemed stale and stuck in time. I used the Fannie Farmer one to teach myself the basics and to have a solid reference for cooking. But now I just walk a couple of steps to my office, spend about 20 minutes, and get so much varied info that I can mix and match, that is current, and from blogs, lots of saucy wit and excellent photos, showing technique Like Joe Pastry.
My husband is working on doing a RFID database so we can add that to the wiki without having to go downstairs to the root cellar and pantry to see what we are running low on. A few odds and ends: I would not pay a fee for content. The ipods were gifts from a computer museum in which my husband put in long volunteer hours, otherwise we would not have them as they are too pricey for our budget.
We are focused on custom making our home via technology like the homeweb via a server which is some old clunky computer and the ipod gifts combined with the programming expertise of my husband. Not only do I think superfluous technology is stuffed down our throats, I think the celebrity chef business is atrocious. I tell my relatives if they must get me a cooking book, make sure it is written by a relatively unknown author.
I also said I never wanted to read books on a screen, especially one as small as the iPhone. But I also travel overseas a lot, and am currently living abroad temporarily. Being able to travel with dozens of books on both my iPhone and my laptop is a huge help with packing and overstuffed luggage. Not to mention the field guides for trees, birds, etc. I love being able to carry all these books with me anywhere, and not having to feel bad about all the paper they took to make! It was wonderful, friendly to use, made my grocery lists.
I put all my personal recipes on that system …. I am all for new technology but how long will that technology stay around. Having had that one disaster I am very careful about what I do with my recipes and will only use Microsoft Word or Adobe pdf files. Figure they will be around for awhile. I prefer actual books but with arthritis in my hands the design of the book is important.
Some have gotten so heavy or the binding is so close to the start of the text it is hard to keep them open. Some books, I have actually taken apart, punched 3 holes in the side and put them in a binder. The book then becomes more user friendly or I can take a section out at a time to read. With books I can make notes in the margin.
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I have this publisher who is completely enthusiastic about the contents outline and just waiting on the 1st chapter of a book on kids and nutrition to sign me, the proof and the pudding and all. But part of me is not sure if I want to write such a book or make a blog out of it. I know? You have done both, and are very conversant in eFood, what would you do? There is definitely a revolution going on in the print world. While I will always love to pick up a real book to read and thumb through cookbooks for inspiration, technology has its place. It feels so outdated now!
Can I rebind it somehow? The same is true about magazines and newspapers; online, you tend to click on headlines and only read articles that catch your interest. But I do tell people that they should only write a cookbook as a labor of love. You might want to check out my post: Writing Your Own Cookbook , which offers additional insight. Even with people paying for the magazine.
There has been an uptick in online ads, as advertisers realize that online, they can be much more targeted and can reach a very specific audience. PhilD: I was just thinking about some of the food bloggers who started way back when, around the time that I did, or before. Many decided not to have any sponsors or ads on their blogs and I think one of the reasons they stopped is because they realized how much time and commitment it takes. And once your blog reaches a certain point, you need additional server space, web assistance, etc, etc.
But perhaps as you say, maybe they just ran out of things to say or lost interest. Anne: I learned to cook with The Settlement Cookbook! I think when I was 15 years old :. I still love cook books on prints. I love the feel of the paper, the much used splattered pages or folded corners, the pictures of the end products etc. Something that I can pass down from generation to generation whereas with ebooks, as soon as technology changes very fast , we are quite doomed with all our data saved in our computer or any computer glitches or virus will wipe it all out in seconds.
I have both a Kindle and I-phone. I love them!
At the same time I love a cookbook that I can write comments on the page and drool over the pictures. I worry about the loss of my daily newpaper.
It has diminished to practically nothing. I miss Gourmet!! The exception is your blog. Still the question of what to do about paying writers to do what they do best? It is the same with textbooks. They are so expensive that I can only have a class set in my room. Loved the post! And David, my copy of your Sweet Life in Paris has the ultimate compliment — a page smeared with an errant drop of chocolate. I love reading an actual newspaper in the morning, going to bed with a real book at night.
I use the internet all the time for recipes, ideas and my favorite blogs though and realize that the future is now and holds some very cool stuff for all of us. I just received a Kindle for Christmas and I love the portability and accessibility of the device.
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