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Old 04-11-2011, 05:21 AM   #1
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Cookbooks on e-readers

Does anyone have cookbooks on their e-readers? Sorry this may be a silly question, but I have a weakness for cookbooks and was just wondering how it would work on an e-reader. I am assuming that it wouldn't be the greatest But maybe cookbooks without pictures?

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Old 04-11-2011, 05:24 AM   #2
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I don't really use my ereader for ANY reference books, they just don't work as well as paper yet where reference books are concerned imho.
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I do use one for cooking, but he "cookbook" is my very own collection of favorite recipes, basically just lists of ingredients and amounts. I don't think it would work very well for recipes I hadn't used before; it's really more of an aide-memoire than anything else.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:41 AM   #4
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On my iPad I have ON THE GRILL, GOODFOOD, SIMPLY ORG and a few others because the pictures are great. I have basic Cookbooks on my Kobo and Kindle3 which I got for free.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:43 AM   #5
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I do use one for cooking, but he "cookbook" is my very own collection of favorite recipes, basically just lists of ingredients and amounts. I don't think it would work very well for recipes I hadn't used before; it's really more of an aide-memoire than anything else.
My Promedia is stationed in the kitchen and contains recipes I mostly got off the internet. I format them nicely and make them into a cookbook (or multiple, one for each course). Works perfectly. I don't need fancy pictures during cooking.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:34 AM   #6
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I have this thing about electronics in the kitchen, I use a lot of flour so any extended time spent there will cause them to break down. Paper cookbooks for me.

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The kindle's timeout makes it harder to use unless you press keys (with messy fingers) to keep it awake.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:07 AM   #8
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Not any actual books, but there are a few big cooking sites bookmarked in the browser that we'll keep handy for a quick reference when looking for something new to make.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:28 AM   #9
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I do use one for cooking, but the "cookbook" is my very own collection of favorite recipes, basically just lists of ingredients and amounts. I don't think it would work very well for recipes I hadn't used before; it's really more of an aide-memoire than anything else.
That's a really great idea, thanks. We've got a bunch of recipes we use regularly as .doc files on a network share, but putting them into .mobi so we can have on the Kindle would be a helpful.

(Oh, and to answer the original question, only one, since that's the only one of the cookbooks I have that's available as an eBook so far, but I'd like to see more. I don't cook from pictures, I cook from recipes.)
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:18 PM   #10
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I have this thing about electronics in the kitchen, I use a lot of flour so any extended time spent there will cause them to break down. Paper cookbooks for me.

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The kindle's timeout makes it harder to use unless you press keys (with messy fingers) to keep it awake.
Pop your reader into a zip-lock bag. I do that if reading in the bath.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:19 PM   #11
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The iPad is fantastic for cook books. I particularly like the apps that have videos. For safety, just put the iPad in a 1lb zip lock freezer bag. Use the iPad for cooking all the time.

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Old 04-11-2011, 06:38 PM   #12
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One thing to keep in mind about cookbooks on an ereader is that automatic indexing and fast searching for keywords in one or all the books turns out to be a very useful feature.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:02 PM   #13
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Oh.Christie, finally a twin soul.

I have a few. And use all of them, some for reading, some for actual cooking.
the last ones I bought are
Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter, that makes also a fantastic and funny reading.

On Food and Cooking that I have not started to read yet. But my cooking guru is just enthusiastic about it.

I make heavy use of some applications (more than books) with an enormous number of recipes.
The ones I use more frequently are
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
Epicurious the cooking companion
Il Cucchiaio d'Argento (Italian with Italian recipes, a must in Italian families of good tradition, my mother had it, and so does my older daughter, both great cooks).

About screen size and pictures. I use an itouch 4 (I have excellent eyes) that is sturdy and very handy, and I do not have any problems with it.
It is also useful in taking quick pictures of my cooking endeavors.

Hands clean or "dirty" (cook's hands are never dirty ) do not matter as i can wipe clean the thing whenever it is necessary, like I do with my chef's knife.

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I prefer mine braised with a nice red wine reduction or a mushroom gravy. I never look for a cookbook on ereaders I just wing it in the kitchen. I have plenty of other cookbooks though.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:54 PM   #15
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There has been a unit for some time that is similar to a reader called mibook at mibook.com though their site is down at the moment.

http://www.amazon.com/miBook-MKC10-m.../dp/B001EX3SNS is Amazons ad if anyone is interested.
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