As if there weren’t enough reasons to envy iPad owners. Here’s the latest: 88 full-color cookbooks tailored to portable color e-readers, like the iPad and Nookcolor. If you’re still reading in digital monochrome, fret not. The e-cookbooks will also work on black-and-white reading devices, such as the Kindle.
Developed by Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed Press, imprints of the Crown Publishing Group, the country’s largest cookbook publisher, this collection of colorful cookbooks includes new titles and classics from bestselling authors, including Mark Bittman, David Chang, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, David Lebovitz, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart, and Alice Waters. And there’s no compromising on seeing the full book—the pictures are formatted so they fit your screen properly and the recipes link to indexes. Priced the same as hardcovers, most of the titles will be released simultaneously in print and e-reader format; beginning summer 2011, every title will have same-day print and digital releases. —Denise Shoukas
Here are three of our favorites that will get you cooking and make it easy, since you can tote along the recipes while grocery shopping.
Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food
In The Art of Simple Food, Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters offers more than 200 recipes for savory dishes, including Spicy Cauliflower Soup, Fava Bean Purée, and Braised Chicken Legs, as well as dessert formulas for Nectarine and Blueberry Crisp and Tangerine Ice. Waters peppers her culinary beliefs and encouragements throughout the book: to eat locally, sustainably and seasonally, and to shop at farmers markets, for example. Organized largely by techniques, the book is a primer designed to free readers from recipe reliance.
Ina Garten, How Easy Is That
How Easy Is That focuses on creating simple yet appetizing dishes that save time and minimize stress in the kitchen. Bestselling author and Food Network star Ina Garten showcases recipes that utilize fewer ingredients, limited to those found easily in supermarkets or specialty food stores, and avoids time-consuming cooking techniques, instead making good use of her oven for everything from parmesan risotto and french toast bread pudding to spicy turkey meatballs. In her usual style, these recipes are simple but also elegant enough to be served at dinner parties.
Martha Stewart, Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast
Search recipes by meal or category in Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast, which features 250 economical, flavorful, and healthful Everyday Food magazine recipes. Accompanied by stunning photographs, the recipes are quick and simple to prepare and filled with fresh, accessible ingredients.
The New York Times bestselling cookbook from domestic guru Martha Stewart was the first recipe collection to become an e-book, paving the way for this up-and-coming trend.
Denise Shoukas is a regular foodspring.com contributor
and is the author of foodspring's food forager blog.