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Old 02-09-2008, 10:27 AM   #1
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Cooking books or DVD?

I like books a lot, and generally prefer buying cooking books instead of dvd.
But, some days ago I went to a bookshop and found that they're selling cookind dvd instead paperbooks.
I'm wondering: How can you use a dvd for cooking, if you have no tv in your kitchen???

What do you generally use? Web sites, books, dvd?
...also martha stewart prefers selling dvd instead books...

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Old 02-09-2008, 12:05 PM   #2
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I prefer cookbooks and the occasional recipe snagged and printed off the internet. I can't see myself cooking with a DVD. I'm not going to be as fast as the person on the screen and pausing every two minutes (and washing my hands 60000x so I can hit pause) really would not be enjoyable. A DVD would take away from the experience for me. If I want media, I'll watch Food Network when I'm not cooking.

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Old 02-09-2008, 02:05 PM   #3
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I think the DVD's can be good for watching demonstrations of "how to" in some instances - especially where "a picture is worth a thousand words" to show someone how to do something ... but beyond demonstrations of skills and techniques, I prefer a book.
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:27 PM   #4
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There's no capability in my kitchen to play DVDs so, based on that, they're not an option for me. However, I much prefer the hands-on convenience that cookbooks afford. I like to read and re-read ingredients and instructions, which translate to a lot of on/off and flipping of a DVD player if I use a DVD.

As someone else already mentioned, I would rather view cooking on television via the food channel, etc. when I'm not cooking.
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:26 PM   #5
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The DVDs are good for instruction and getting ideas, the same as watching TV for me. But for recipes I have cookbooks, scraps of paper, printed recipes, and a database that helps me plan and shop for meals.
I can't imagine having the laptop in the kitchen around all those ingredients and constantly washing or wiping off my hands to play it back or pause it either.
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Old 02-27-2008, 12:02 AM   #6
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I'm wondering: How can you use a dvd for cooking, if you have no tv in your kitchen???
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:28 PM   #7
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I prefer books .

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