We need digital versions of these cookbooks:
- Modernist Cuisine: 51.3 lbs
- The French Laundry (Keller):5 lbs
- Under Pressure (Keller): 4.4 lbs
- Ad Hoc (Keller): 5.4 lbs
- Bouchon (Keller): 5.3 lbs
- Alinea: 6.6 lbs
- Noma: 4.8 lbs
- On The Line (Ripert):2.6 lbs
- Fat Duck Cookbook: 5.6 lbs
- Mugaritz: A Natural Science of Cooking: 2.2 lbs
- El Bulli 1994-1997: 8.8 lbs
- El Bulli 1998-2002: 10.2 lbs
- El Bulli 2003-2004: 13.7 lbs
- Essential Cuisine of Michel Bras: 3.5 lbs
- Roger Verge’s Vegetables in the French Style: 3.1 lbs
- The Natural Cuisine of Georges Blanc: 4.8 lbs
- Young Man and The Sea (Pasternack): 2.6 lbs
- Frankies Spuntino Cookbook: 1.8 lbs
- Reinventing French Cuisine (Gagnaire): 3.4 lbs
- Amanda Hesser’s New York Times Cookbook: 4.6 lbs
- The Complete Robuchon: 3.2 lbs
- The Art of Cooking With Vegetables (Passard): ?? lbs
- Think Like a Chef (Colicchio): 1.7 lbs
Total Cookbook Weight: 154.6 lbs Total iPad Weight: 1.44 lb.
Digital cookbooks turn coffee table tomes into actual, usable cookbooks. Not having these essential reference works in a format that is easily searchable, transportable and usable is a BAD DEAL. What’s a WORSE DEAL is all the gasoline required to ship these books across the world. Digital cookbooks don’t require jet fuel to be delivered. They simply require a wi-fi connection.
Allow us to point out this irony: Modernist Cuisine, authored by former Microsoft Chief Technology Office Nathan Myhrvold, champions avant-garde, scientific approaches to preparing food, but is not available on the iPad or Kindle. It weights 51.3 pounds. It was first published in 2011.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, authored by Julia Child, teaches French cooking. It is available on the iPad and the table of contents is fully hyperlinked. In fact, it’s possible to search the entire text of the digital edition for specific words. It was first published in 1961.
If the Julia Child people can figure out how to make an ebook version work, we reckon the Modernist Cuisine people can figure it out too.