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Are apps making cookbooks obsolete?

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An interesting article in the New York Times about cookbooks vs. apps:

For many cooks, the pleasure of Thanksgiving is in the planning. In early November, the recipe folders come out, along with dreams of learning to perfect a lattice pie crust, and the cookbooks covered with splatters and sticky notes that evoke holidays past.

Fast-forward two weeks, to the sweaty hours when the sticky notes have curled up and blown away, the cookbooks are taking up all the counter space, and the illustrations for cooking a turkey in “Joy of Cooking” are revealed to be no more informative than they were in 1951.

If the people developing cooking apps for tablets have their way, that kind of scene will soon be a relic. And so will the whole notion of recipes that exist only as strings of words. Many early cooking apps were unsatisfying: slow, limited, less than intuitive and confined to tiny phone screens. Even avid cooks showed little interest in actually cooking from them.

But with the boom in tablet technology, recipes have begun to travel with their users from home to the office to the market and, most important, into the kitchen.

With features like embedded links, built-in timers, infographics and voice prompts, the richness of some new apps — like Baking With Dorie, from the baking expert Dorie Greenspan; Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals; and Professional Chef, the vast app released last month by the Culinary Institute of America — hint that books as kitchen tools are on the way out.

Read the rest of the article here.

What do you think? Are you dusting off your cookbooks less and less often in favor of firing up the Epicurious app? What are your favorite smartphone and tablet apps for cooking and recipe searches?

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2 thoughts on “Are apps making cookbooks obsolete?

  1. I love that I have my grandmother’s cookbook with notes in the margins. it’s a priceless treasure. I still love to read a cookbook the old fashioned way…and looking at a shelf-full, with all the possibilities contained therein cannot be duplicated by an ipad!

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