Modernist Cuisine, winner of the James Beard Foundation’s “cookbook of the year
” award, is too cool for the iPad. It weights 51 pounds. In response, we at The Price Hike and The Bad Deal are celebrating awesome pieces of digital food writing that won’t break your back or your briefcase. The weights listed below tell you how many pounds you’re saving by downloading instead of buying.
Losing weight is a good thing, ain’t it?
- The Food of Spain: 5.5 lbs
- Authentic Mexican (Bayless): 2.3 lbs
- Letters to a Young Chef (Boulud): 0.35 lbs
- Hero Food: Seamus Mullen: 3.3 lbs
- Momofuku: 2.8 lbs
- Momofuku Milk Bar: 2.4 lbs
- Volt Ink: 4.5 lbs
- A Girl and Her Pig (Bloomfield): 2.4 lbs
- Eleven Madison Park: 6 lbs
- American Flavor (Carmellini): 3 lbs
- Mozza Cookbook:3 lbs
- Next 1906: 0 lbs
- PDT: 1.9 lbs
- Eat With Your Hands (Pelaccio): 3 lbs
- Silver Palate Cookbook: 2.4 lbs
- The Professional Chef (CIA): 7.4 lbs
- Mastering the Art of French Cooking (I): 3.2 lbs
- Mastering the Art of French Cooking (II): 2.2 lbs
- Four Fish (Greenberg): 0.55 lbs
- The Sushi Economy: 1.2 lbs
- How Italian Food Conquered the World: 1.4 lbs
- Fork it Over (Richman): 0.5 lbs
- Imbibe (Wondrich): 1.0 lbs
- The Craft of the Cocktail (DeGroff): 2.1 lbs
- Blood, Bones & Butter: 0.7 lbs
- Omnivore’s Dilemma (That Guy): 1.0 lbs
Total Weight Saved: 64.1 lbs
Each digital cookbook you download doesn’t add a single ounce to your iPad, which can hold all of the above volumes for 1.44 lbs. That’s a GOOD DEAL. The physical tomes would weigh 64.1 lbs altogether. Try putting that in your carry-on. And all the jet fuel saved on shipping is an even BETTER DEAL.
Of course we like to focus on prices here at The Price Hike. Will purchasing iPad cookbooks save you cash? Not necessarily. As the chart below shows, the Amazon.com hardcover price is sometimes cheaper than the iBooks price (assuming you do the free shipping thing like the rest of us cheapskates do)
We believe digital cookbooks are worth the extra bucks, as they’re portable, searchable, and sometimes highly interactive, as is the case with the CIA’s Professional Chef. If you get more, you should pay more. Period. We’ll call these books a STRONG BUY and a GOOD DEAL.