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(The Daily Beast)   The newest entry in the tablet market costs $400, doesn't work with any app store, has a smaller screen than most, only has 8 gigs of RAM--and is flying off the shelves. Why? Because it's designed only to be a cookbook   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 72
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2012-12-23 03:42:16 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-23 03:52:37 AM
You know, there's an app for that, right?
 
2012-12-23 03:56:08 AM

Tarkus: You know, there's an app for that, right?


Yep. And the same app is free on Android.
 
2012-12-23 04:44:00 AM

Ivo Shandor: [i.imgur.com image 285x375]


It's ok, but I get hung up on them recommending grilling. The general consensus is that humans are pretty much always better slow roasted.
 
2012-12-23 04:45:14 AM
Oh, and whoever named it the:

Hepp and his team debuted QOOQ, pronounced "cook," on Nov. 12

can suck my QOOQ, not pronounced "cook".
 
2012-12-23 05:09:29 AM

Ivo Shandor:


"To Serve Man"... Sounds legit.
 
2012-12-23 05:33:47 AM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-23 05:35:37 AM

ox45tallboy: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 465x380]


Looks like there's some space dust on that cover.
 
2012-12-23 07:38:45 AM
So it is durable, liquid proof, and intended to stay in the kitchen...now women have no excuse to leave said kitchen.
 
2012-12-23 09:13:13 AM
"only" 8 gigs of RAM?
 
2012-12-23 09:14:06 AM

Endive Wombat: So it is durable, liquid proof, and intended to stay in the kitchen...now women have no excuse to leave said kitchen., just like how I like my women!


FTFY
 
2012-12-23 09:15:27 AM
"only has 8 gigs of RAM"? Did you perhaps mean something else?
 
2012-12-23 09:17:34 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-23 09:22:05 AM

Ivo Shandor: Oh, and whoever named it the:

Hepp and his team debuted QOOQ, pronounced "cook," on Nov. 12

can suck my QOOQ, not pronounced "cook".


Interesting - QoQ is "music" in Klingon.
 
2012-12-23 09:26:26 AM

FormlessOne: Ivo Shandor: Oh, and whoever named it the:

Hepp and his team debuted QOOQ, pronounced "cook," on Nov. 12

can suck my QOOQ, not pronounced "cook".

Interesting - QoQ is "music" in Klingon.


That's because those who speak Klingon have no purpose for the English definition of the word.
 
2012-12-23 09:28:34 AM

Kome: "only has 8 gigs of RAM"? Did you perhaps mean something else?


640K of memory should be enough for anybody
 
2012-12-23 09:45:04 AM
If it was under $100 I might buy it for my mom for Xmas. Her iPad is working just fine for her though
 
2012-12-23 09:58:08 AM

serial_crusher: If it was under $100 I might buy it for my mom for Xmas. Her iPad is working just fine for her though


I would have to agree with you on that. $400 for something that only has 1 function is a little to pricey. I think it is a pretty good concept though, to have a dedicated handheld electronic cook book.
 
2012-12-23 10:09:46 AM

Absurdity: FormlessOne: Ivo Shandor: Oh, and whoever named it the:

Hepp and his team debuted QOOQ, pronounced "cook," on Nov. 12

can suck my QOOQ, not pronounced "cook".

Interesting - QoQ is "music" in Klingon.

That's because those who speak Klingon have no purpose for the English definition of the word.


Because gagh is best served alive, not cooked
 
2012-12-23 10:18:37 AM

ArkAngel: Absurdity: FormlessOne: Ivo Shandor: Oh, and whoever named it the:

Hepp and his team debuted QOOQ, pronounced "cook," on Nov. 12

can suck my QOOQ, not pronounced "cook".

Interesting - QoQ is "music" in Klingon.

That's because those who speak Klingon have no purpose for the English definition of the word.

Because gagh is best served alive, not cooked


Gagh on QoQ.
 
2012-12-23 10:23:44 AM
8 GB of RAM for a tablet? That sounds like plenty to me.
I do not think it means what you think it means.
 
2012-12-23 10:24:12 AM
Does it hold anything but curry recipes?
 
2012-12-23 10:32:22 AM
This thread is lol-y.
 
2012-12-23 11:03:55 AM
What might be nice is to integrate a piezoelectric scale in the thing, so you can place your bowl of ingredients directly on top and it (a) measures, (b) rescales the recipe automatically for you, and (c) calculates actual calorie count of your resulting meal.
 
2012-12-23 11:09:10 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Gagh on QoQ


Yeah, those websites are disturbing.
 
2012-12-23 11:09:26 AM
The headline says RAM, the fta says memory, but I'm willing to bet they both mean storage.
 
2012-12-23 11:24:46 AM
a) FTA: "orders are flooding in," which I'm guessing isn't exactly "flying off the shelves."
b) 8GB RAM would be more than any tablet I'm aware of; the article says "memory" and means "flash".
c) A 10.1 inch touchscreen is not "smaller than most" and is in fact the largest standard size in the market.

That covers sub's headline. For the discussion:

d) Klingon is a venerable enough language for Shakespeare to have written his works in it, originally.
e) This:

Theaetetus: What might be nice is to integrate a piezoelectric scale in the thing, so you can place your bowl of ingredients directly on top and it (a) measures, (b) rescales the recipe automatically for you, and (c) calculates actual calorie count of your resulting meal.


is an amazing idea.
 
2012-12-23 11:27:06 AM
I was thinking of something like this an ex's mother. She had tons of recipes from her family, plus scores of old magazine recipes. I think it would be great if they allow for connecting this thing to a scanner for importing stuff.

The other key feature that I would add would be a cabinet clip. Something that allows it to be lifted off the counter and connected to the underside of a cabinet to get it out of the way by flipping it up or down to see. Maybe with an integrated charging port. I use an android tablet to cook with and it would be nice to be able to lift it out of the way since I have tiny counters.
 
2012-12-23 11:27:09 AM
Why? Because people are f*cking stupid, and didn't know they could surf the internet with any old tablet?

Also, a tablet that costs $400 and doesn't work with any app store probably has Windows 8 on it. (That's what I thought they were talking about before I read the rest of the headline...) I suppose it's better than running BlackBerry OS.
 
2012-12-23 11:32:28 AM
Also, your recipes aren't special. Don't understand why people even bother with "cookbooks" any more. Every single recipe for anything and everything is available online. Even if it's not exactly what you wanted, it'll taste just as great as you want it.

And any good cook can alter the recipe to their own tastes. One thing I've learned from years of cooking is that if you have a pretty good idea of how it's made, and the ingredients work together, you can make anything you want with a framework recipe and some creativity.

/baking is a different story, but again, millions of recipes online...
 
2012-12-23 11:38:14 AM
I don't care...this sounds cool. Still want one.

/Just finished using my tiny phone in the kitchen propped on the windowsill for a Gingerbread recipe.
 
2012-12-23 11:43:11 AM
Do you even read, bros. This tablet is designed to resist damage from exposure to kitchen conditions. Even if you can get a 'regular' 10" tablet for $400, it's going to be farked the first time you spill milk on it.
 
2012-12-23 11:49:41 AM

Theaetetus: What might be nice is to integrate a piezoelectric scale in the thing, so you can place your bowl of ingredients directly on top and it (a) measures, (b) rescales the recipe automatically for you, and (c) calculates actual calorie count of your resulting meal.



Where do I subscribe to your newsletter?
 
2012-12-23 11:59:47 AM

ox45tallboy: Tarkus: You know, there's an app for that, right?

Yep. And the same app is free on Android.


There's a billion recipe apps on Android, but do you mean this particular one is? I'd like one that makes a decent shopping list from recipes. The best I've found so far is Pepperplant, but they're still pre-Angel phase, functionality wise.
 
2012-12-23 12:11:04 PM

blue_2501: Also, your recipes aren't special. Don't understand why people even bother with "cookbooks" any more. Every single recipe for anything and everything is available online. Even if it's not exactly what you wanted, it'll taste just as great as you want it.

And any good cook can alter the recipe to their own tastes. One thing I've learned from years of cooking is that if you have a pretty good idea of how it's made, and the ingredients work together, you can make anything you want with a framework recipe and some creativity.

/baking is a different story, but again, millions of recipes online...


I 'bother' with cookbooks because, as you mention, recipes can be altered. Scratching my notes onto the screen of my tablet (displaying the recipe) seems much more ridiculous than writing them on a piece of paper (containing the recipe). I could save the html, modify it, and then display the modified version with my notes, but 60 seconds with a pencil on paper is so much easier.

My mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, and both sisters-in-law 'bother' with cookbooks because they, like the majority of cooks, do not have a computer (tablet, laptop, PC, whatever) in the kitchen. They do, however, have a rack of cookbooks and a counter-top.
 
2012-12-23 12:13:00 PM

Too_many_Brians: I was thinking of something like this an ex's mother. She had tons of recipes from her family, plus scores of old magazine recipes. I think it would be great if they allow for connecting this thing to a scanner for importing stuff.

The other key feature that I would add would be a cabinet clip. Something that allows it to be lifted off the counter and connected to the underside of a cabinet to get it out of the way by flipping it up or down to see. Maybe with an integrated charging port. I use an android tablet to cook with and it would be nice to be able to lift it out of the way since I have tiny counters.



My wife uses her Android tablet (7" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2) for cooking also. What I did for her to get it off the counter is I found a tablet mount that goes in a car, and stuck it to the corner of the window in the kitchen. I'm sure the suction cup could also stick to other smooth surfaces in a kitchen. A rechargeable tablet speaker by Logitech also clipped nicely to the mount too. She uses the tablet for displaying recipes (mostly from the internet on web pages) and also for playing TV shows and movies I have saved on our home server while she cooks if she's making something she doesn't need a recipe for.
 
2012-12-23 12:19:07 PM
If they're going to make you buy a tablet to use the cookbook, the tablet should have included functionality specifically for cooking, such as it doubled as a scale and came with a bluetooth temperature probe that could synch up with the recipes.
 
2012-12-23 12:22:09 PM

RickN99:

My mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, and both sisters-in-law 'bother' with cookbooks because they, like the majority of cooks, do not have a computer (tablet, laptop, PC, whatever) in the kitchen. They do, however, have a rack of cookbooks and a counter-top.


Yeah, but they're wrong. Blue is also wrong; your recipes are special. But in the future the way to keep them special is with something like this product. Short video clips showing just the right amount of salt to put on the chicken, the right thickness to pound the veal, the right consistency of the tomato going into the salsa. That's what keeps your family recipe your family recipe and not something generic. Add to that a fast and easy way to create a shopping list that synchronizes with your smartphone so you don't forget anything at the store (and eventually just sends the list to the store so they can deliver it) and a relational database so you can put in all your guests' food preferences and allergies and create a menu that covers them within a calorie/fat/carbs whatever range. Eventually, if recipes ever resume telling the truth about how long preparation takes, you will even be able to map out a work schedule for big meals so everything comes together at the right time.
 
2012-12-23 12:22:12 PM
content.robertpitt.me

Better/cheaper/does more
 
2012-12-23 12:27:49 PM

blue_2501: Also, your recipes aren't special. Don't understand why people even bother with "cookbooks" any more. Every single recipe for anything and everything is available online. Even if it's not exactly what you wanted, it'll taste just as great as you want it.


Because people are seeking out a particular chef's style of cooking a particular dish and/or like their general approach to cooking.

For example, I like Judith Jones a lot because she has a practical approach where she tries to keep cook and prep times under 45 minutes combined (typically 30 minutes), and avoids calling for a tiny amount of a vegetable or spice that you're never going to use for anything else (so minimizing unused waste)
 
2012-12-23 12:29:11 PM

TehBoognish: [content.robertpitt.me image 640x406]

Better/cheaper/does more


This thing isn't aimed at the informed technology consumer. This is aimed at the people that will buy overpriced trendy gadgets to look cool and the uniformed consumers.
 
2012-12-23 12:42:19 PM
Can it tell me how to cedar grill a fish roulade whole without over cooking the fish while still cooking the scallops and shrimp inside? Because I'm not sure it can be done. But by god I'm going to find out in a couple days.
 
2012-12-23 12:54:26 PM
Well, although it's a bit pricey, you are paying for two things here : the ''toughening'' of the notebook, so that it can survive in kitchen conditions, but also all the original content.
 
2012-12-23 12:57:35 PM
thornhill
If they're going to make you buy a tablet to use the cookbook, the tablet should have included functionality specifically for cooking, such as it doubled as a scale and came with a bluetooth temperature probe that could synch up with the recipes.


I would expect at least something similar to a navigation system and a timer, some step-by-step thing guiding you through the recipe:
" *BING* It's time to give the turkey another basting"


/ waiting for the barcode reader and OCR OF(ood)R app that recognizes the content of your fridge and pantry from a photo and then suggests things to make with what you've available
 
2012-12-23 01:12:35 PM

Theaetetus: What might be nice is to integrate a piezoelectric scale in the thing, so you can place your bowl of ingredients directly on top and it (a) measures, (b) rescales the recipe automatically for you, and (c) calculates actual calorie count of your resulting meal.


Aren't you a patent attorney?

Get on that!
 
2012-12-23 01:20:46 PM
Where's that commercial with the daughter asking her aged father how he likes the tablet they bought him and he's busy using it as a cutting board? That was pretty funny.
 
2012-12-23 01:38:01 PM

Manfred J. Hattan: There's a billion recipe apps on Android, but do you mean this particular one is? I'd like one that makes a decent shopping list from recipes. The best I've found so far is Pepperplant, but they're still pre-Angel phase, functionality wise.


It was a joke. Apple had the marketing campaign of "there's an app for that!" to show off all of the "apps" in their "app store". Most of these cost from $0.99 - $1.99 . Android users, however, due to the open platform, often have access to the same apps (or a generic version that performs exactly the same function) for free.

I didn't mean that the functionality described by this device was available as a free download from the Google Play Store on your Android device, or from Apple's App Store on your iDevice. It's just an "old" joke about the one-upmanship between users of each device.

However, there ARE plenty of free websites with all kinds of recipes, many of which include a javascript re-sizer that recalculates all of the ingredients, and there are tons of user channels on YouTube. If you're thinking about this as a gift, Android tablets are as little as $25 right now (for a glorified color e-reader) or about $60-75 for a decent enough one, just add in a few links to recipe sites and download a few cooking shows. Unfortunately, it won't be waterproof or spill[roof, but it won't be $400, either.
 
2012-12-23 01:55:24 PM
I played with one at CES 2012. From what I recall, it's a pretty well thought out package.
 
db2
2012-12-23 02:05:00 PM
All it needs is a camera for posting your awful concoctions on Pinterest.
 
2012-12-23 02:40:38 PM

ox45tallboy: Manfred J. Hattan: There's a billion recipe apps on Android, but do you mean this particular one is? I'd like one that makes a decent shopping list from recipes. The best I've found so far is Pepperplant, but they're still pre-Angel phase, functionality wise.

It was a joke. Apple had the marketing campaign of "there's an app for that!" to show off all of the "apps" in their "app store". Most of these cost from $0.99 - $1.99 . Android users, however, due to the open platform, often have access to the same apps (or a generic version that performs exactly the same function) for free.

I didn't mean that the functionality described by this device was available as a free download from the Google Play Store on your Android device, or from Apple's App Store on your iDevice. It's just an "old" joke about the one-upmanship between users of each device.

However, there ARE plenty of free websites with all kinds of recipes, many of which include a javascript re-sizer that recalculates all of the ingredients, and there are tons of user channels on YouTube. If you're thinking about this as a gift, Android tablets are as little as $25 right now (for a glorified color e-reader) or about $60-75 for a decent enough one, just add in a few links to recipe sites and download a few cooking shows. Unfortunately, it won't be waterproof or spill[roof, but it won't be $400, either.



I just use my phone. As a bonus it happens to be with me when shopping as well
 
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