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Digital Versions of Cookbooks?


The Chicago Tribune has a piece up about e-book versions of cookbooks.

Granted, I know I’m a bit of a luddite when it comes to reading, and really prefer paper to digital every time (with the exception of news – I don’t miss newsprint fingers), but come on.

I know there’s a whole big, well-thought out article there, but all I heard was “blahblahblah now you can douse your expensive devices in marinara, melt them next to a hot stove, smudge your peanut butter fingers on them mid-recipe while trying to scroll or turn the page, and get flecks of oregano into all its bits.”

Least practical idea ever. Am I alone here? Would you, like me, never dream of using an e-reader for a cookbook? Or do you think it’s a great idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Beth Carswell

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3 Responses to “Digital Versions of Cookbooks?”

  1. Every now and again I have to read an ebook. I read those on the respective piece of software on my laptop, because that’s work. Everything else I read is on paper. And that includes cookbooks!
    An ereader in the kitchen?! I don’t think so. Never mind the expensive piece of equipment being in serious danger of breaking, but my cookbooks also serve doing other things such as holding a lid down, propping the oven door open or giving me the extra 5 cm to reach the herb cabinet above the stove. All seems a bit random, I know, but an ereader could definitely NOT do any of these. Plus, if I really have dirt on my fingers and need to flip to the next page, eventually, there will be dirt all over the screen and I cannot read anything anymore. Then, I’ll have to wing the recipe and might as well throw the ereader into the pot along with the celery, ladle and tablecloth. Ereader Stew, yummie.

  2. Beth Carswell

    I knew I wasn’t crazy.

    Good points, as well – not only might the e-reader be damaged by hot temperatures, steam, bubbling sauces and being bashed about, but it can really only be an e-reader – a book can do so many more useful tasks, since they’re so sturdy.

  3. Aging Lit Major October 3, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Even if I wanted an e-reader–and may I say NEVER to that– I value the physicality of books, like the cover art, page flippability, etc.–I would not use it for cookbooks. For one thing, I suspend my own rule about writing in books when it comes to cookbooks, and scribble in the math when I break down portions or double a recipe, or otherwise clarify instructions. Although I can see it now: the e-cookbooks will come with automatic math functions and nutritional data.

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