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Initial post: Mar 15, 2012 4:06:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2012 9:14:18 PM PDT
C Leon says:
I checked out John Besh's two cookbooks from the library: My New Orleans: The Cookbook and My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking. I think both books are awesome and worth the investment. However, I can't decide if I should buy them hardcopy or as an ebook. I've tried the samples but can't really get a feel for the layout. Does anyone own these on Kindle? Do you like the formatting or would you rather have gotten the hardcopy instead?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2012 8:32:12 AM PDT
P. L. Straw says:
C. Leon, I traveled this road about 2 years ago and this is what I found...

While I love my kindle (brilliant did I ever live without it!) and I love my cookbooks, the two really don't go together well. I find that I cannot access the information as well in the kindle as in a hard/soft cover book. I jump back and forth between the index and recipes a lot! and the kindle really doesn't allow for this with any convenience. There's really not a "go to" function that works if I don't know the (kindle) page number to go you wind up electronically thumbing through the find what you want...doesn't really work for me. Maybe they have fixed this by now...doubt it, because it would require the material would have to be tagged somehow to show kindle page numbers in the index...

In short, to answer your question, buy the hardcopy because a cookbook "reads" differently than a novel and the kindle hasn't quite got that down yet. What I'd be curious to know is if the kindle fire and/or ipad version has this capability.

Also...great choice in cookbooks. Buy 'em and covet 'em!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2012 12:33:54 PM PDT
I bought Family table on kindle, it was a mistake. I don't want to use my kindle for cooking (I have a Keyboard) and it's too small to really cook from. I much prefer a hard copy. I recently gave My New Orleans to charity, but family table is one I'm considering going ahead and buying in hard copy.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 12:46:12 PM PDT
I'd agree with the other two posters. Kindle is a great device, but not for cookbooks. I downloaded one cookbook to it and I won't do it again. It's just too hard to maneuver. I much prefer the hard copy of cookbooks.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 9:34:16 AM PDT
Grandma says:
I have to agree with everyone who has responded to you re cookbooks on Kindle with one exception. I have an iPad, which has a bigger footprint - and iBooks. I have several standard cookbooks in that format that I would otherwise have in paper - complete with all of the illustrations, exactly the same page layout and so forth. One of them even has extras in the way of embedded video illustrating techniques. So, I absolutely would consider an iBook formatted cookbook as an alternative. Kindles are really only good for the very short cookbooks with few or no illustrations though.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 4:53:57 PM PDT
S. Kessler says:
Kindle for iPad is also excellent for cookbooks. In fact, I prefer the formatting of cookbooks on Kindle for iPad to iBooks, which I also have. When Kindle cookbooks are properly formatted with lots of links they are very easy to read, navigate, and use. Kindle for iPad formatting has also gotten increasing better in the past year. Most now have fully linked tables of content and indices, and the photos and charts not only look fabulous, they can be "pinched open" to fill the full screen for easy reading.

I have John Besch's family cookbook audit looks great on Kindle for iPad.
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