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Kindle and Cookbooks

I would love to have a cookbook on my Kindle. Which cookbooks would you recomend for an intermediate home cook, who likes uncomplicated but tasty meals. I like American food and Italian and French. Not big on desserts or sweets. TY

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  1. I have not heard of anyone being happy with cookbooks on the Kindle. I would suggest that perhaps you download a sample of a cookbook and see how it works for you. I think that something with very few illustrations or photos would be best.

    1. I love cookbooks on my kindle. I take that thing with me everywhere, so it is nice to be able to make an impromptu stop at the grocery store on my way home from work or school and have the recipe right with me. I've only bought a couple of cookbooks so far... a quick and easy vegan one called Appetite for Reduction since my husband just decided he is vegetarian. And then I have one of the Hungry Girl Cookbooks. It fits into my lifestyle when I need something fast fast fast and have run out of ideas. I plan on getting more, but honestly, the appetite for reduction book has given me a few yummy meals, so I am going to be cooking out of that one quite a bit.

      1. I have 2 cookbooks on Kindle. I don't particularly care for the way they format and I've found the whole thing rather cumbersome to use. I sincerely wish I'd ordered these 2 cookbooks as hardcover books and in their electronic version.

        1. There are a few free cookbooks for the Kindle on the Amazon site. Even if they are not what you are looking for, it may be worthwhile to load them onto your Kindle and see if you like the format before you spend any money.

          Yesterday, I downloaded a slow cooker cookbook and also a mac and cheese cookbook. they were both free so I figured why not. I did notice a Hungry Girl book as well but skipped that one. Haven't tried cooking from either yet so not sure if I will download more or stick with tradtional hardcover format.

          1. Because I generally like some recipes from various cookbooks and on-line cooking sites and I have accumulated so many recipes over the years , I ended up getting a very good PDF app for the I-pad and started to transfer all my favorites recipes over. Maybe that's an option.

            Also, there's quite a few "free" kindle cookbooks on the Amazon site and I've downloaded most of them onto my kindle apps, on the I-pad.

            1. If you use your Kindle in the kitchen, it might be wise to put into a ziptop baggie, first. The cookbook I ordered was not useful. I ordered a sample of another title, and got only the preface. I can't tell about the table of contents or the recipes themselves. I have decided to stay with bound cookbooks for the time being.

              I have picked up a copy of Harold McKee's On Food and Cooking at a steeply discounted price at my local going out of business Borders, recentlly. I could kick myself for not getting in there earlier. No telling what treasures went for almost 1/2 off.

              If others are having good experiences with their Kindles in the kitchen please share.

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              1. re: sueatmo

                I love my Kindle, I love to cook and I adore cookbooks, love to read them! But I will not, no way, let my Kindle into the kitchen. Mean, nasty, damp, sticky, hot, ugly things all want to get get into my Kindle there, I just know it. Not to mention I spill too much of my own blood there. Buttered fingers and Kindle buttons just don't seem right together.

                1. re: Quine

                  Can you put the Kindle into a large ziploc bag or wrap it in plastic wrap?

                  1. re: stilton

                    I could, and while I am a Great and Careful Chef, when things go wrong they Go WRONG.
                    Since I do read my cookbooks often, I pretty much "know" the recipe and don't need it open in the kitchen while cooking. If ingredients need to be carefully measured, I usually have those written down on a scrap paper.
                    I do like the idea that cookbooks on kindle, that is pretty much attached at my hip, outside the kitchen is great as it allows me to shop and recipe shop at the same time as well as look up strange new things I might find while shopping.
                    ANd you know that Kindle app is on my 4G phone too.

              2. I have Julia's Kitchen Wisdom, Bittman's How to Cook Everything, Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food, and The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics, among others on my Kindle. I like Julias, Bittman and Stewarts mostly because they each have a table of contents which you can click on by recipe. If you look up "roast chicken" you'll find and you can click on that recipe.

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                1. re: joan828

                  I have thought about buying Julia's Kitchen WIsdom just to have handy when we're at a rented beach house.

                  I downloaded a few "freebie" cookbooks, and overall, I'm too nervous to use the kindle when cooking.

                  1. re: joan828

                    I second the recommendation for Bittman's cookbook. Its the best all round cookbook that I know of & is ideal for an intermediate cook.
                    Great recipes, well presented and easy to follow.

                    BTW I put my Kindle in a holder attached to an eye height surface in the kitchen. That way I can see it & its in no danger.

                  2. Just got a review copy of, French Fries by Zak Williams in my inbox. This is going to be the first Kindle cookbook I'm going to review. I can't wait to see how the cooking workflow goes using it instead of traditional "ink on paper" book. I think it's going to be a little bit of an adjustment. Should be interesting anyway.

                    I'll post up the review when it's done.

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                    1. re: cookbookman

                      Please do share your experience. Thanks!

                    2. Spoon Spring recipes are great--they're quick and tasty.

                      1. I love my kindle and I love cookbooks.

                        I hate kindle cookbooks.

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