Like most cooks, I save and pin and bookmark recipes all across the web. Then, when it comes time to cook, I pull out my laptop or iPhone (I don't have in iPad) and proceed to splatter and splash ingredients across my electronics while trying to concoct something yummy in the kitchen. Assuming that is, that I can actually see the recipe I'm trying to follow, especially at times I display it on my phone.
Not the joy of cooking one might hope for.
There is, though, a nifty gadget that makes reading recipes on a fancy gadget — collecting them on it, too — much more enjoyable. And readable. And use-able, er, useful.
The gadget is the Key Ingredient Recipe Reader, a high-tech cookbook if ever there was one. The Recipe Reader is designed to be used in conjunction with the Key Ingredient website, which boasts more than a million recipes curated by an active community of cooks saving and sharing their favorite recipes. Users sign up on the Key Ingredient website, add their favorite recipes and create online collections of recipes from others, then access those favorites on the wi-fi connected Recipe Reader when they're ready to get cooking.
The Key Ingredient Recipe Reader has a sealed-glass touch screen that provides easy access to those recipes. The reader resides in the kitchen, ready to display horizontally or vertically the complete recipe, right where and when you need it. The screen (and entire gadget) can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Also, the Recipe Reader includes three kitchen timers (that can be run simultaneously), a conversion calculator and an ingredient substitution tool. It's everything you'd want in a cookbook, all at your fingertips, all easily updated with new recipes any time you choose.
In addition to the recipes available on the Key Ingredient website, more can be added any time from anywhere on the web, via the Cookmark plugin for browser toolbars, similar to the Pinterest "Pin It" button. I even added a few of my own recipes from my Recipe Box using the Cookmark feature. It works really well for curating recipes from any webpage, though I do wish the Cookmark plugin included the recipe photo when saving to the Key Ingredient site and the Recipe Reader instead of a generic "no photo" graphic.
It's also easy to add recipes to collections from mobile devices, thanks to the free Key Ingredient app.
The Recipe Reader is super simple to navigate, providing quick-touch access to recipes saved via Key Ingredient. Cooks of any age or tech ability could easily figure it out. One improvement I'd love to see though, is the ability to hit a "back" button to return to previous screens rather than having to return where you originally navigated from. I'm crossing my fingers such functionality will be included in an update.
The Key Ingredient Recipe Reader retails for $149.95 and can be purchased on the Key Ingredient website. Also on the Key Ingredient website, find information about the Key Ingredient Community Cookbook Contest featuring more than $400 in gifts, prizes, and other materials for the first 200 communities to sign up to host such an event, plus a chance to win $2000 from Key Ingredient.
Key Ingredient has generously offered to award one Key Ingredient Recipe Reader to a Grandma's Briefs reader (prize value $149.95). To enter, follow the entry options via Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to US residents only, with entries accepted via Rafflecopter through midnight MST Sept. 4. The winner will be drawn randomly and contacted Sept. 5. Prize and shipping responsibility of the brand representatives, not Grandma's Briefs.
Disclosure: I received a free Key Ingredient Recipe Reader for review, as well as the offer of one to be awarded by the brand in a giveaway. Opinions and anecdotes are my own.