Reader Poll: Cookbooks or Cooking Apps?

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Check out this NPR piece about the role of the cookbook in the age of the app. Spoiler alert: according to one home cook, using the iPad in the kitchen requires “lots of paper towels.” Just when you thought technology had rendered paper nearly obsolete. . .

So, do you cook from books or from apps? Which are better? I’d be curious to hear your thoughts; please post them in the comments section.

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45 Minute Turkey, and a Few Other Things

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Busy week: the Times put together a fun complilation of old Minimalist videos all related to Thanksgiving. Tara Parker-Pope (thank you) wrote a Well column about The Food Matters Cookbook, and included some sustainable Thanksgiving dishes; interviews with me appeared on the Parents website and Bygone Bureau (watch for good things by Darryl Campbell), and I did apple turnovers on Today. (Best line: Lauer: “This is kind of labor intensive.” Bittman: “We’ve been working for all of 90 seconds.”)

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Leonard Lopate Show

My conversation with Leonard Lopate on his show last Friday.

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Just Cook! (and other things)

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Ellen Kanner‘s been busy since I saw her in Florida the week before last. She just published an interview that she did with me for Culinate (covering all sorts of food topics), as well as her Meatless Monday column in the Huffington Post.

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Behind the Scenes at the Minimalist

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Just finished shooting twelve minimalist videos in two days. Here’s what we’re up to when the cameras aren’t rolling (notice the intense concentration on that rack of lamb).

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The Food Matters Cookbook Chronicles: St. Louis

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Oftentimes when I’m signing books for people they ask if they can take my picture. Last week in St. Louis I (for the first time) replied, “Fine, if I can take yours.” Really fun. Here are some of them.

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The Food Matters Cookbook Chronicles: Minneapolis

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I spoke at the Healthy Food Summit in Minneapolis Thursday and Friday, to mostly large, hyper-friendly, and ever-thoughtful crowds. My hosts Mindy Kurzer and Tim Kenny did a terrific job of organizing the packed two-day affair, and made me feel completely at home. Dinner Thursday was cooked by the talented and wonderful local chef Lucia Watson and her crew; Lucia also introduced me that night, so nicely I blushed.

Tim is director of education at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a spectacular 1000-plus acre operation about half an hour from downtown Minny. He does fantastic work teaching kids the value of gardening, about which he is passionate.

And how about these cucurbits?

Now: Off to Philly, DC, Miami, and St. Louie.

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HTCE Essentials App is Free

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The How to Cook Everything Essentials app is now available for free on iTunes. It includes over 100, well, essential recipes from the book, as well as some of the snazzy features that come with the full version. If you like Essentials, you can easily upgrade to the complete HTCE app (the entire book for $4.99).

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