Thursday, January 28, 2010

Steve Jobs- Can the iPad be the electronic cookbook we have been waiting for?


I am usually not a gadget person, but the idea of an electronic cookbook has been appealing to me for some time. How convenient would it be to be able to access your favorite cookbooks, cooking magazines, food blogs, and family recipe archives all in one place that you could actually use in the kitchen? I know I would love it. Since my laptop is essential for my foodblogging and freelance work, I am loathe to take it into the kitchen for fear of spilling something in it or knocking it over, so usually if I am following a recipe that is on the computer, I am walking back and forth between the den and the kitchen to avoid such a problem. But from what I see at the iPad unveiling, it could fit in my regular cookbook holder, hold electronic cookbooks, and provide access to an entire world of recipes and allow me to manage my menus, shopping lists, etc. in one place.

While I might not plunk down the dollars just to read the latest novel on an iPad, if I could fill my iPad with Bittman and Ruhlman, and Julia, as well as the blogs of my foodie friends and my favorite food sites, I could see that this could actually be a good investment!

So Steve, has a food blogger tried out your new device as the latest foodie kitchen tool? If not, I am volunteering.

9 comments:

Jeanne said...

Interesting idea! I'm always nervous about spills when I use my laptop in the kitchen, but since it's pretty old I don't worry too much. It looks like the iPad might be an excellent alternative. So where do we sign up as food blog testers? ;)

Ellen said...

Great idea! I have an older Kindle but would never buy a cookbook on it. The larger device might work though!

Deborah Dowd said...

Jeanne - I wish I knew where to sign up but I think it is an untapped market!!

Ellen - Wouldn't you love to try it out?!

Term Papers said...

I think yes. I-Pad will diversify the communication among learners and chefs. It will make ease to cook.

Susan said...

Amen...I would especially like the iPad if I could also subscribe to my favorite food blogs and pull up the posts/pictures while I try new recipes....

Sri said...

Would seem like a nice idea till we think about using our greased up fingers to move things around on the ipad....could get yucky.

PS, Deborah thanks for visiting my blog.

Caleb said...

I found your food blog going through a few links. Glad I ran into it. Didn’t know that the food blog/recipe community was so big online. I love your posts!

I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I’ll drop yours on my site and you drop mine on yours. Email at ramendays@yahoo.com or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.

Cheers,
Caleb
http://www.ramendays.com

Steve Murch said...

At BigOven.com we're working on just such an application...

Lisa Amore said...

As soon as consumers get their iPad on Sat., Rouxbe (pron. roo-bee) encourages every foodie and every “wannabe chef” to check out its online video cooking school at http://www.Rouxbe.com. On April 3rd, Rouxbe will update its video-rich website to HTML5, making its more than 1,000 high-definition, close-up instructional cooking videos viewable on ANY Apple device, including the iPad, the iPhone and iPod Touch. Rouxbe’s instructional videos - which lead cooks through essential cooking techniques - are ideally viewed in the kitchen, while you’re actually cooking... And now, with the iPad, that’s possible!