As cooks, readers, and food enthusiasts get more accustomed to higher levels of information, can cookbooks still keep their place as a relevant resource?
A cookbook is the manifestation of carefully curated and well-tested information in print, and it has to be followed pretty much to the letter or disastrous results could ensue. However, the advent of digital publications, recipe search results, and cookbook apps, has challenged the absolute quality of recipes. Sites like Epicurious provide the ability for updates and tweaks to be made to recipes in the comments section, and with a constantly updating database of dishes why would anyone invest in a single book?How, then, can cookbooks catch up and preserve their relevance? Anne Kostick of Digital Book World says:
The next generation of cookbooks will be—must be—more than print products followed by text-and-picture digital conversions. Digital-born cookbooks will span the gap between reading and doing while still presenting beautiful photography and illustration; lively narrative and commentary; and the well-crafted (and now highly searchable) recipes of an expert, a TV star, or a talented teacher. They’ll offer a real-time, filtered connection to the best information the Web can supply, in the container of a curated digital book. Who wouldn’t want that?
[via Digital Book World]