Apps vs. Books: Is It the End of the Cookbook Era?

The New York Times recently took a look at a number of gadgets that may now be unnecessary, thanks to the multitasking capabilities of smartphones and other consumer technology. The verdict? Books are worth keeping — except for cookbooks.

Is it time to move beyond cookbooks?

The article points to an iPad app, Martha Stewart Makes Cookies, as the future of cookbooks. The app not only has a photo to accompany each recipe, something publishers can't afford, it also has features like embedded video and built-in timers which are impossible to include in a physical cookbook.

As much as I enjoy the tactile act of paging through a cookbook, marking recipes I want to try or jotting notes in the margins, the practical side of me is drawn to features like easily-emailed ingredients lists and searchable content. That doesn't mean I'm ready to toss out all my most-used cookbooks, but I am willing to open the kitchen door to a cooking app or two.

Check it out: Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not) - New York Times

Can you see interactive cooking apps one day taking the place of cookbooks in your kitchen? Or does your heart belong to paper and ink?

Related: Handy iPad App: Conversions for Cooking 2.0

(Images: Sarah Rae Trover; Barnes and Noble)

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Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.

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