Mixing Drinks (and Cooking) From Your iPod
How would you like your digital, downloadable margarita -- straight up or on the rocks?
That's the gist of a cocktail recipe book now accessible on your iPod. Originally published as a 128-page hard-cover book in 2006, "101 Margaritas," by drink minx Kim Haasarud, is the latest addition to Raybooks, a line of digital, iPod-able books offered by Durham, N.C.-based Modality, Inc.
It brings a whole new meaning to iPod mixology, n'est-ce pas? I've just downloaded Haasarud's book to get a sense of the look, feel and functionality, and I must say, the interface is impressive. It's readable, clear and easy to navigate and includes all the photos from the original book. Pricewise, a Raybook is a tad more than buying the two-year-old print version via amazon.com, where it's presently listed as $10.85, but then you've got to pay for shipping. The Raybook version is $15.99, but throughout the month of May, all titles are 20 percent off (using coupon code "SPRING08"), which brings the price down to $12.79.
Presently, there are just four food and drink titles up for grabs, but I just got word that several cookbooks are joining the Raybook ranks by the end of the month, including "How to Grill" by Steven Raichlen, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
So what do you think? Can you envision using your iPod to cook supper or mix drinks? Is this too cool for school or a lot of digital hot air? Weigh in if you so choose.
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