Splatter Matters: How One Cook Mixes It Up by Going Digital

Technology | December 27, 2016

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Julie Twomey, amateur chef and EBSCO marketing professional, explains why she prefers using recipes from popular digital magazines over traditional cookbooks.

The marks of a good recipe in my cookbooks at home are the crusty traces of batter, the splatter of oil, or the smudges of chocolate left behind on slightly yellowing pages. I like to cook, but I find the process of using and referring back to large text-heavy cookbooks inconvenient and annoying. How do I keep the book open to the right page? How can I flip the page when my hands are covered in batter? Is that font really 8pt?

I found the answer. Skip the chunky, text-heavy cookbooks and use recipes from digital magazines at my local library. Here are a few reasons why I’m digging digital in the kitchen:

The Search is Over

The beauty of digital downloads is the flexibility they offer to readers at any time on any device. Digital recipes can be organized by entrée type, ingredient or occasion. A great way to use and organize recipes online is to create Pinterest boards and save recipes there to refer back to at any time. With digital magazine newsstands such as Flipster, I can simply download a bunch of recipes and save them to my device, pin them to a Pinterest board, or print them to pass along to a friend.

Print, Punch and Protect Your Favs

The great thing about printing recipes from digital magazines is that you can discard the ones you didn’t like and preserve the ones you loved. I bought a cheap, three-ring binder and page protectors to store and safeguard interesting recipes.The three-ring binder lays flat on a table for easy reference, and the sleeve protectors keep my pages batter free. I can also add notes to myself about adjustments or substitutions I make to the recipes.

Download a Visual Feast for the Eyes

I’m a visual person, and I like to see step-by-step pictures that take me through each stage of a recipe. Describing firmness of dough or waxing poetic about consistency doesn’t really help me. I need pictures and lots of them. Magazines by nature are highly visual and offer clues to help assess my progress (or how far off the mark I might be…).

My Digital Cooking Magazine Favs

Some must-have digital magazines on my list include the usual suspects of Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and Cooking Light. There’s a reason they’ve been around for so long, and any reader can appreciate the gorgeous photography and well-written instructions. I also love Food Network Magazine with recipes from my favorite Food Network stars. Sign me up for Katie Lee’s Chicken Pot Pie or Guy’s Best Nachos!

Whether you or your readers are gluten free, beer connoisseurs, gourmet foodies or beginners, there’s a title for every taste available on Flipster, the digital newsstand for libraries. Learn more about Flipster by clicking the link below!

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