A few months ago, the nice folks at myrecipes.com sent me a copy of their new cookbook America’s Favorite Food: 200 top-rated recipes from the country’s best magazines. This book features favorite recipes from All You, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, Health, Real Simple, Southern Living and Sunset magazines.
But it doesn’t ONLY feature recipes. This cookbook is the first one I know of that attempts to bridge the gap between print and digital content. As you browse recipes in the book, you can access additional information after you’ve installed the Digimarc Discover app on your smart phone.
Let’s say, for example, you want to make Mojito Shrimp. You review the recipe in the book and notice it says you need grated lime zest. If you don’t know how to zest citrus fruit, all you have to do is scan the gorgeous photo of the skewered shrimp with your phone to immediately access a video that teaches you how to zest a lime. Print and digital content work together to provide the best of both worlds for the home cook.
Even if you don’t use the Scan-It/Cook-It™ technology, this is a great cookbook to have on your shelf. Here’s what I like about the book:
- The book is large and has nice wide pages, but it’s soft and lies flat. It’s also thin enough that it easily fits in a cookbook stand.
- In general, there is one recipe per page (no flipping required) and there is a photo with every single recipe.
- The photos are bright and colorful and they make your mouth water.
- Most recipes have helpful comments from myrecipes.com users, e.g. “I didn’t have any orange marmalade, so I used a mango spread.” Many users suggest ways to make the recipes healthier.
- Each recipe has a set of icons so you can quickly determine if a recipe is 5 ingredients or less, 30 minutes or less, gluten-free, grilled, kid-friendly, low-calorie, easy to make-ahead or made in the slow cooker.
- There are many meatless recipes.
Here are some things that I think the editors could improve in the next edition:
- I love the icons, but really wish they had included ones for low-fat and diabetic-friendly (or low-carb).
- Nutritional information is provided for some, but not all, recipes and it is listed in an appendix rather than with the recipe which is inconvenient.
- I occasionally had trouble with the scanning feature. You have to hold your phone VERY steady and be in a well-lighted place for the technology to work consistently.
So far, I’ve tried many recipes from the book including Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage, Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes, Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream, Black Bean Burrito Bake, Garden-Style Lasagna and Easy Baked Grouper Fillets. I’ll be sharing some of these recipes in the weeks to come.
America’s Favorite Food has a nice variety of recipes that range from easy to don’t-try-this-on-a-weeknight-after-work. Everything I’ve cooked so far has been tasty. This cookbook would make a wonderful holiday gift for that special cook in your life, whether they are a technology geek or not.
I’m giving away a copy of America’s Favorite Food: 200 top-rated recipes from the country’s best magazines by MyRecipes. To enter, visit the diabetic section of myrecipes.com and tell me which recipe you’d most like to make. The contest will run through Saturday, December 22, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, December 23, 2012. You must be at least 18 years of age with a U.S. mailing address to win. No purchase is necessary; void where prohibited. The winner will be notified by email and must respond within 24 hours or another winner may be selected. (Please make sure email from email@example.com doesn’t end up in your spam folder.)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of America’s Favorite Food: 200 top-rated recipes from the country’s best magazines by MyRecipes plus another to give away. All opinions are my own. I am an affiliate with indiebound.org. If you click one of the book links and purchase the book, I may receive a few cents.