The Splendid Tablet
A cookbook connoisseur experiments with an iPad in the kitchen.
Yes, that was me you saw in the produce aisle, clenching a spattered, warped, approximately five-pound copy of Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking under my arm as I attempted to bag some carrots for a Bolognese sauce. And yes, that was also me you saw having a conversation in the meat section with someone roughly twenty years my elder who was holding nothing but a smartphone and extolling the virtues of shopping from a list generated by a recipe app, while giving my battered, beloved Hazan a pitying glance.
From the grocery store it was a few short blocks to my kitchen, where, on a recent Saturday afternoon, I watched my five-year-old gleefully tear open a bag of flour hideously close to a borrowed iPad. We were about to test out a pancake recipe I’d found on the Epicurious app,
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