Cooking by the Book
Many cookbooks are offered in eBook form these days. Digital versions of classic cookbooks and enhanced books incorporating video are usually released as standalone apps; they don't require online access once you've downloaded them. For example, How to Cook Everything by New York Times culinary writer Mark Bittman ($9.99) completely explains techniques and then provides base recipes with suggestions for modifying them. Enhancements in such books include timers in recipes, conversions for metric measurements, and shopping lists.
Must-Have Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens is a free app showcasing over 500 recipes from the classic red-and-white-plaid-cover cookbook first published in the late 1950s. The recipes are often familiar classics, and the app includes 151 how-to videos showing useful techniques.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Selected Recipes is a $4.99 collection of short video segments (see Figure 21 ) in which Julia Child demonstrates classic French dishes and techniques with a selection of her recipes (see Figure 22).
Figure 21 Table of contents for Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Figure 22 Julia Child video segments from Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Each recipe includes sections on the tools you need to use, an audio pronunciation of the French name, Julia Child's notes, and step-by-step preparation instructions (see Figure 23).
Figure 23 Julia Child's recipe for Potage Parmentier.
At the professional level of cooking textbooks, The Professional Chef: The Culinary Institute of America's Official Cooking, Baking, and Recipe eBook is the official textbook for the Culinary Institute of America's students, available as an enhanced eBook for $49.99. It includes over 700 recipes and 100 instructional videos by professional chefs. It covers everything from mise en place to techniques both basic and obscure, and instructions on preparing and serving just about every kind of dish.