Is the Kindle the future for recipe books?

5. February 2012 22:25 by Foodshack in Cookbooks, Kitchen Gadgets  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)



Are you using your Kindle as a kitchen tool in order to save those sagging shelves and replace the books with a TV or an American Fridge?




I ask this question as someone who has an obsession with cookbooks. I love reading them, with their glossy pages and amazing photos. But I am finding more and more that I am using my Kindle to find recipes from the internet.

 I regularly cook out of my cookbooks and love to be able to compare the finished dish to the one in the picture which is not possible with the Kindle's display. With a cookbook I do not have to worry if I splash something on it or have my hands covered in flour. Buy I am still wondering if the Kindle is the way forward.

However I am concerned that if I continue buying cookbooks I might need a bigger house or worse have to start selling some of the older ones. The Kindle is a reading device and more or less that’s it! It is great if all you're doing is looking at text. Cookbooks are full of rich content, and I am worried when I feel like the cooking experience might be lacking with the Kindle .

But the big question is this. If I am looking for a recipe for a particular dish, do I need to know what the finished dish looks like? For me it is important as I would not want to serve a dish which is horrible in colour and texture.

Due to the success of the likes of the Hairy Bikers and Gordon Ramsey, publishers can finally offer decent cookbooks at an attractive cost for lesser known cooks on the Kindle and in print. So getting a digital version of a cookbook that takes up less space in my kitchen which is cheaper than a printed version is an attractive proposition.

As you might be able to tell form this article I am still in two minds if I should go all the way and convert my cook books to the Kindle or just buy a bigger house. Have you been converted to cook books on the Kindle? If so let us know your thoughts.

Click here to see a selection of books available on the Kindle

The Hairy Bikers' Big Book of Baking

18. January 2012 21:43 by Foodshack in Cookbooks  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The Hairy Bikers' Big Book of Baking

The long-awaited baking bible from the Hairy Bikers AKA Si King and Dave Myers. Avaliable 1st Feb 2012 - Pre-Order Today

With their irrepressible enthusiasm for great food, Si King and Dave Myers AKA the Hairy Bikers travel the length and breadth of Europe to discover the best baking recipes from the Continent. From Norway to Southern Spain, the boys eat their way across ten countries, making friends and swapping recipes along the way.

They discover the ultimate Black Forest Gateaux in Germany, the most incredible pastries in Southern France and cook cakes that will tickle the tastebuds of all home bakers.

The Hairy Bikers' Big Book of Baking is a welcome return of the Hairy Bakers. These recipes will delight and will bring a freshness to all home baking. These recipes will delight and will bring a freshness to all home baking.

Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best - Series Two [DVD]

14. January 2012 11:10 by Foodshack in Celebrity Chef, DVD  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

The Hairy Bikers continue their mission to save Britains best family recipes as they travel up and down the country in search of mums and their recipe books often handed down from generation to generation.

On the way, they hear the stories and prepare the food, heartwarming, stomach-filling family favourites including Meat and Potato Pie, Grandma Lassie s Dock Pudding, Welsh Cakes, Saltfish and Ackee, Dutch Pea Soup, Tortillas, Stuffed Cabbage, Chicken Pie, Paella, Diggers and more... much more!

In each episode the mums join the Bikers at the Recipe Fair to share their best recipes, while members of the public bring theirs; and food historian Gerard Baker tests cooking skills of the Bikers and the unsuspecting public. It s a feast of cooking fun as the Hairy Bikersontinue to prove without a doubt that Mums Know Best!

BONUS FEATURE:The Hairy Bikers Mum s Know Best at Christmas The Bikers are looking for Christmas-minded Mums and festive foods as they prepare an unforgettable feast with homemade decorations and a special Christmas Recipe Fair.

To order your copy of Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best - Series Two click here