Here at the NJ outpost of Smart Bitch HQ, we are big fans of America’s Test Kitchen. Though there are times when Christopher Kimball is a sanctimonious snotbag, and we wish his harem of excellent chefs would smack the smirk off his mug with a cast iron skillet, there is no denying that the recipes are so great, they bring new meaning to the words “never fail.” From the Best Recipe cookbooks to the America’s Test Kitchen show on public television—and the enormous and wonderful Cook’s Country magazine, we are acolytes at the altar of Cook’s Illustrated.
So imagine my joy when I read on Joe Wikert’s twitter that The Cook’s Illustrated How-to-Cook Library is free for the Kindle with scheduled delivery on 23 February—the day before Kindle II: Electric Bugaloo ships out.
The whole idea of a cookbook on Kindle raises interesting questions for me.
From the description:
This very special Kindle collection covers all the culinary ground, from barbecue, grilling, garden vegetables, holiday roasts, potatoes, soups, stews, stir-fries, pasta sauces, pizza, appetizers, salads, shrimp and shellfish, to pies, layer cakes, cookies and brownies, holiday desserts, ice cream, simple fruit desserts, and lots more. It’s all you really need in the kitchen and it all sits nice and handy on a Kindle as well. Now your own definitive recipe collection is portable and easy to access, the perfect helper in the kitchen. Please note: Due to the large amount of content in this file, wireless download time is likely to exceed 60 seconds.
I presume this is a big honking file. I’ve already grumbled that Amazon has offered me twice this weekend a chance to subscribe to magazines for $1 but not offered me any that were Kindle-available. I’d very much like to try the newspaper/magazine feature but I’ve never thought of using the Kindle as a cookbook. But with the search feature and the illustrations, this could be a very interesting option.
Interestingly enough, as a sidenote, I was offered the option of sending the book to Kindle I, or the recently-ordered Kindle II—so I wonder, do I have to specify which device receives any purchase? Will I be able to move books from one device to the other? And am I more likely to cook with Kindle I or with Kindle II: Electric Bugaloo? This may be one step closer to my burning question: with all the money needed to purchase ebook readers, can the damn things make me some eggs?!