For me, the internet killed the cookbook. I know a lot of people in the book industry has said that about fiction and nonfiction – especially with the eReaders – but with those types of books, I’d still rather have the actual book. I still order books and I still love having the giant bookshelves full of books. But with cookbooks, I’ve definitely slowed down purchasing them. And the main reason for that, besides having picky children, are sites like BuzzFeed’s Tasty.
I’m sure that you’ve seen some of those quick and easy recipes from Tasty that show an overhead shot of a recipe being made shared all over your favorite social media site. I’ve seen a few of the videos shared on Facebook but I’m not too familiar with the website. Well, they have a cookbook: Tasty Latest and Greatest: Everything You Want to Cook Right Now.
It’s a good looking cookbook. It’s filled with over 80 recipes that were popular – and viral – on the BuzzFeed Tasty website. Some of the highlight recipes for me are the variety of chicken recipes like the Bacon Guacamole Chicken Bombs, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and the Jamaican Jerk Chicken; there’s Cajun Deviled Eggs, Chili Cheese Dog Floats, lasagna, Rainbow Cereal Cheesecake, and Fidget Spinner Cookies. Plus, there’s plenty more. I’ve earmarked plenty of recipes to make and look forward to trying quite a few of them,
But the internet site is way better than this book. The best part of the internet recipes is the visual aspect of it – you get that overhead shot showing each step of the recipe creation. With this cookbook, there’s not even a picture – a picture – of each recipe. Now, some recipes do have the step-by-step boxes that show how you make the meal, but I think that that should have been done for every recipe in the book. Maybe that would have raised the price of it and fattened the book out; it’s a thin book at only 192 pages (which includes the index), but it would have added so much more value to the final product.
I was given a copy of Tasty Latest and Greatest: Everything You Want to Cook Right Now in exchange for an honest review. It’s a nice cookbook and if you’re a big fan of Tasty and having ‘viral’ recipes, you’ll probably enjoy this book. I just think that the book should have mirrored the website more with the overhead shots and a step-by-step photo collage for the recipes.
When you get a cookbook from a person, you get stories and a history of a recipe. The cookbook has a soul and a feeling to it – and that’s one thing that I do love about in cookbooks that you can’t find online sometimes. This book lacks that. There is no author listed. You get an introduction, each recipe has a blurb, but it’s missing that soul. And that’s why when I’m searching online for a recipe, I usually find the recipes from food bloggers…
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