Do you use ebook cookbooks?
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I love to thumb through my cookbooks, sometimes using bits and pieces from several recipes for inspiration, and that isn't easy in an ebook. At least for me. I've decided not to buy them unless they are more for reading that using in the kitchen. It's just too hard for me to find what I'm looking for.
I do think it would be handy if I could remember to search the internet on my tablet for recipes, so I could then take it into the kitchen. Old habits die hard.
I do take my iPad into the kitchen for certain recipes that I use from the web. That isn't perfect either, as you have to touch it now and again to keep it working, and that is not optimal while you are rubbing fat into flour, for example.
How many times have you accidentally spilled a bit of flour, or worse, on the page you were looking at?
How often have you flipped back and forth between two books, with slightly different recipes, combining them to achieve something?
Perhaps you're one of those who like to make notes on a page where you use a recipe infrequently, and want to remember to change the amount of sugar, or to use another spice instead of the one in the recipe (I use bookmarks for those, because I don't write in books, but I recognize the desire to).
I could go on, but I'm just now drinking my first cup of coffee, and my brain's still fuzzy.
As you might guess, my answer is no.
Either way, until recently (when the top of my iPad case broke off) I would prop my iPad on my kitchen bar, embiggen the screen, and prep the food on the kitchen counter. No getting the iPad dirty or wet. I also kept a damp towel nearby so I would wipe my hands before touching the screen.
That isn't to say it's my only method. On the days I'm doing all-day cooking, I print the recipes in really large font, tape them to my cabinets, and crank the music.
ebook cookbooks, generally, are a nuisance. They are poorly formatted or don't embiggen correctly...and rarely ever do they have luscious photos of the food.
I am one who always writes notes on the recipes in books which I try. And yes, theoretically I suppose that could happen in an ebook, but, not by me. :)
I do have to be careful not to get it all gunked up from oil or whatever on my hands. But then again, neither do I have to buy multiple copies of favorite cookbooks that have been worn through from use or suffered some kitchen accident.
If you wish to have a number of pages on the go for comparison it's simpler than having two or more books propped up around the kitchen, a little bit or sticky tape will hold them on the wall for quick reference while cooking.
Protects the recipe book from accidents and I don't feel guilty about scribbling all over the page.
Yes it uses paper but how valuable is your recipe book
Keep my regularly used ones in a folder for quick reference the next time.
I have the difficulty of multiple complicated food allergies/intolerances, so finding just 1 recipe that I like that I am not allergic to is hard, and I have to go through a lot of cookbooks to find recipes that work for my persnickety immune system.
For the same reason as >7 Yervant: I also have dozens of digitised cookbooks, mostly from Project Gutenberg, because I'm interested in the history of food and cooking. I read them mainly out of intellectual curiosity and for inspiration, so I've never had to take them into the kitchen, which is just as well, because my first-generation Kindle isn't very practical in that environment. If I had a reasonably big tablet and a stand, I would use them though, at least for Internet recipes. At the moment, I either jot down ingredients, measurements and maybe a couple of instructions (like >10 ChristinasBookshelf: possibly from several recipes) on a piece of paper, or if accuracy is key, I might print the whole recipe, and then keep it in a file. I still feel sentimentally attached to paper books, and especially to paper cookbooks. My very first cookbooks are quite badly stained in some places, but I'm clearly a lot less messy now than I used to be, so taking paper books into the kitchen isn't a problem anymore.
Of course e-readers do have their pluses --making the type bigger being one obvious example. But to date the awkwardness of using them doesn't compensate for the legibility in the kitchen, even if you get past the fact that cooking tends to make you and everything within reach a little grubby, even electronic devices.
Having said that I use an app called Paprika to track the recipes i actually use.
However, it is awkward to use my laptop in the kitchen. I suppose it is easier with a tablet, but I don't have one. I do have an older kindle, but there are no cookbooks or recipes on it.