Show and Tell with Video: Cooking with the Mibook

Have you ever wondered how to follow a particular instruction in a recipe? Have you ever wondered what exactly the recipe wants your mince or dice to look like, or what size it should be? Enter the miBook, which promises to take your cookbook out of the pages and into living color.

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The miBook is a little gadget like a handheld video game console or an electronic picture frame that can read video e-books, which are produced in cooperation with Food Network. These "books" are on SD cards that include text, video, and sound.

The reader itself is supposed to be a "personal digital assistant" for all kinds of things you might do around the house - fix plumbing or electrical work, hang wallpaper, even diaper a baby.

The cooking cards apparently include about 150 recipes, mostly culled from past Rachael Ray and Robin Miller shows on Food Network, and they include titles like Healthy Cooking for Kids and Amazing Party Food. The recipes are narrated and they walk you through each step of gathering ingredients, getting your utensils ready, and cooking through the recipe.

What do you think - would you want video to help walk you through some basic cooking tasks? At about $120 each, it's a bit of an investment. But it might make a great gift for a true cooking newbie. It also reminds us of this very cool Kitchen Sync concept - remember that?

• See a demo: miBook.com

• Buy: miBook MKC10 Cooking Kit Includes Quick and Easy Meals and Irresistible Desserts Recipe Cards, $119 at Amazon. Additional cooking cards are $20 each.

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