Since parting with most of our belongings and moving overseas several years ago, the Dude and I have been aiming to live “lighter.” This is tricky, as places can feel lonely and un-home-like when they’re too sparse (well, to me, anyway). But transitioning a portion of our reference library to digital format has been an easy way to lighten the load.
We still keep plenty of true books around for their beauty (both visual and in reading), but I’m finding more and more that digital-versions of kitchen reference books are one of the easiest ways to abandon a LOT of weight without sacrificing much aesthetically. And with food tomes often setting my purse back $20-$50, the comparative cost of the digital version is certainly attractive.
I wouldn’t recommend planning to use digital food references or cookbooks on the traditional Kindle, but they work great on the (free) Kindle desktop app and on iPad, too.
Take the two barbecue helps How to Grill… and Barbecue! Bible, Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades…, for example. The both have rave reviews (in fact, I once gave one as a gift to a friend, and she thanked me repeatedly for it), but together would cost $27 and weigh sev-er-al pounds in their paperback forms. But they are currently just $2.99 each for Kindle. I’m always up for understanding the nitty gritty of cooking techniques and have purchased both. Hopefully I’ll have opportunity to fire up the grill while we’re home this summer!
What are your thoughts on digital food books? Have you tried them? Would you?