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Old 09-08-2006, 08:41 AM   #11
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For example, what do you think of a recipe being project in you work area, or would you prefer for it to be contained in a digital book?
I have seen something like this in on of those "kitchen of the future" shows. Additionally I like to see background information for what I am cooking, such as history of the recipe or specific ingredients. That is always interesting to me. Sort of the way Mario Batali gives an education about the food he is preparing.

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Old 09-11-2006, 06:15 AM   #12
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I’ve been thinking about what you guys have been saying and I have come up with a couple of ideas (all thanks to your feedback). I also have a new question to ask you all ;)

What do you think about customizing the recipes from the digital cookbook to your style of cooking? For example if you could change the level of detail in the recipe’s instructions (your choice of more or less detail). And the same control option over how many illustrative photos etc. What do you think of this? Would you spend a minute or two, before you start cooking, to ‘customize ‘your recipe?

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Old 09-11-2006, 07:02 AM   #13
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Could the thing have basic settigs so it just needs customising if we want to change one's standard settings? So you could choose basic, detailed or indepth with background info, but keep the prefered as a default?

Also if I were going to the expence of this "cookbook of the future" it would be good if I good update it with new recipes, even if it meant typing or uploading them from a website or even reading them in. After all, it doesn't sound like the sort of thing one would want to have to have dozens of!

Its all a very interesting idea and I have enjoyed reading your ideas. It sounds like a very interesting project :)
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:16 AM   #14
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Perhaps I should have mentioned this cookbook works in conjunction with the internet, making sure you have access to all the latest recipes.

At the moment I like the idea, that once you have created a recipe setting that suits you (if the default isn’t right) it remembers it until you change it again.

I’m trying to incorporate this ideal that the technology shouldn’t control you and take over you life, yet at the same time it should be intuitive, not 101 buttons to push to turn it on ;) that would take the pleasure of cooking away
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Old 09-11-2006, 08:00 AM   #15
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Sounds very good, well done! You are right about the 101 buttons thing, but then I am the person who had to call my husband this morning to ask him how to turn the tv on, lol
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Old 09-11-2006, 11:35 AM   #16
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I think you've got a very interesting concept. I cook based on availability of ingredients and mood. I am somewhat random in how I cook because I usually have several dishes going at once. I would like an audio prompt because I hate getting cook books all ucky from dough hands or whatever. I do not use cookbooks alot, except for baking, but one in the workarea would be handy. I am always changing recipes to fit what I like and what is available, I would love a system that remembers what I did the last time. I never can. As far as simple or detailed, I thing that has to do with experience level and personal preference, I would prefer simple, my son needs alot of detail. Good luck.
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Old 09-11-2006, 11:42 AM   #17
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What if you had an option "for detailed instructions on this technique click here".

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Old 09-11-2006, 11:53 AM   #18
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I think the whole thing should be voice activated so I don't have to keep cleaning and drying my hands.

Key words such as repeat, help, stop, next...

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