{Book Review} Test Dorie’s Cooking App!

“Are apps making cookbooks obsolete?” Such was the headline in a popular New York Times article last week, which went on to praise Baking with Dorie a critically-acclaimed new baking app from FOF Dorie Greenspan, one of our FOFeatured Women. We went straight to the source, Dorie herself, to get the scoop on what makes apps so well-suited for the kitchen and whether or not cookbooks will go the way of the dodo.

Plus, 3 FOFs will get to try Dorie’s app. Enter, by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.

Who knew that one of the most buzzed about cooking apps would come from an FOF chef and not a 20-something!
I’m excited about new technology. I’ve had an iPad from day one and thought it was a miracle. I have 84,000 followers on Twitter. I feel like a baking evangelist. I want everyone in their kitchens baking. Apps and social media are tools to help me reach new bakers. You thought a new app would come from someone in their 20s, but it was my hope that by doing the app, I’d reach people in their 20s. 

Do you think cookbooks are dead?
No. The best apps supplement cookbooks–they give you something that a cookbook can’t. I’m not giving up cookbooks; in fact, I’m working on a new one now. But, I’m thrilled we have this technology and excited about what it can do and how it’s going to evolve.

What does your app give someone that a cookbook can’t?
You can get my recipes in the book. The app is me with you in your kitchen. When I write recipes for a book, I try to include many visual clues so they know what they are doing is right–for instance, what color a finished cake will be and the way it should spring back when you press the top. An app brings this alive. My app has a ton of video, which gives me a way really show home bakers the techniques.

So what specific techniques are best learned from the app?
There’s a way that I knead dough that I can describe in a book, but when you see it, it’s completely different.

One feature that foodies have been buzzing about is the unique ways a user can view recipes in your app. Tell me about that.
CulinApp, the company that created the app, presented each recipe in four different ways because they understand that people learn in different ways. There’s “cookbook view,” where the recipe looks like a traditional cookbook. There’s “spin view,” where you can spin a carousel to choose pieces of the recipes you want to see. There’s “step-by-step” which is the videos in order with the steps beneath it in text. Then there’s “CulinView” which is a flow chart of the whole recipe so you get an overview of everything that needs to be done.

What’s your favorite view?
My preference is step-by-step.

So cookbooks will still have a place in our kitchen a few years from now?
Yes, for sure. Although, the other day, I saw a picture of kitchen cabinets that are built to hold iPads. I think it’s the wave of the future.

3 FOFs will test Dorie’s app. Enter to win, by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.

By entering this contest you are agreeing to read and submit a written review of this app to FabOverFifty and to send a photo of yourself to accompany the published story.

(Contest closes 11/24/2011. See all our past winners. See official rules. Our panel of editors will choose winners based on the quality of their written comments. We look for clear, concise writing; creativity; and thoughtfulness.)

{Giveaway} 40 copies of summer’s hottest new title

Win a copy of The Things We Cherished, the latest historical page turner from Pam Jenoff, author of the best-selling, The Kommandant’s Girl. Plus, all 40 FOF winners will be invited to a private chat with Pam. To enter, comment below and answer:  What’s your favorite love story of all time?

About The Things We Cherished: An accused Nazi collaborator, a forbidden love affair and the missing antique clock that holds the answers to it all…can attorney Charlotte Gold defend the case while confronting her feelings for the brother of the man who once broke her heart?

“…a skillfully rendered tale of undying love, unthinkable loss and the relentless grip of the past on the present.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A powerful novel rich in period detail…a fascinating contemporary and historical drama.” —Booklist

“…a timeless love story.” —Publisher’s Weekly

About author Pam Jenoff: Authors have written of love and war since the dawn of time, but perhaps there’s no one better suited to pen these tales than Pam Jenoff, a former diplomat, lawyer and Holocaust expert. Pam is the international bestselling author of several novels including The Kommandant’s Girl.

Enter to win a copy of The Things We Cherished, plus an invitation to a private chat with the author, Pam Jenoff. 40 FOFs will win! To enter, comment below and answer: What’s your favorite love story of all time?

(See all our past winners. See official rules. 40 winners are chosen at random from all those who answer the question. Contest closes July 19, 2011.)

{Giveaway} A bestseller or advance copy, from best-selling author, Elizabeth Adler!

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 60 copies, by answering this question in the comments below: Which one of Elizabeth Adler’s books would you like to read first, an advance copy of From Barcelona, with Love (hardcover on sale June 21) or It All Began in Monte Carlo? (paperback on sale May 24)

We’ve partnered with St. Martin’s Press to offer sweepstakes winners a bestseller and advance copy of books.

This week, we’re giving away 60 books by best-selling author, Elizabeth Adler. Elizabeth is known for crafting the perfect beach reads–each book whisks you away to a classically romantic destination, from Amalfi and St. Tropez to Tuscany and Capri.

Read more about Elizabeth, here: www.elizabethadler.net

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Ten FOFs will win an advance copy of From Barcelona, with Love, Elizabeth’s hotly anticipated new book about on-again, off-again investigative couple Mac Reilly and Sunny Alvarez, as they get to the bottom of a celeb disappearance in Barcelona. Fifty FOFs will receive It All Began in Monte Carlo, her thriller about Sunny Alvarez, who becomes entangled in a web of jewelry robberies, blackmail and friends betraying friends in southern France. 60 FOFs will win!

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 60 copies, by answering this question on the comments below: Which one of Elizabeth Adler’s books would you like to read first: an advance copy of From Barcelona, with Love (hardcover on sale June 21) or It All Began in Monte Carlo (paperback on sale May 24)?

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Ends at 5pm ET on 5/23/2011.  Open to legal residents of 50 US and DC, 18 and older.  Void where prohibited.  For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, click here. To see our past winners, click here.

{Giveaway} Bestsellers and advance copies, just for FOFs!

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 60 copies, by answering this question in the comments below: Which one of Jeffrey Stepakoff’s books would you like to read first: an advance copy of The Orchard or Fireworks Over Toccoa, on sale March 15.

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

We’ve partnered with St. Martin’s Press to offer sweepstakes winners a bestseller and advance copy of books. After you’ve read them, you can join live chats with authors and other FOFs! (Can you tell we’re excited?)

This week, we’re giving away 60 books by critically-acclaimed novelist, Jeffrey Stepakoff. “Move over Nicholas Sparks,” writes Karen White, author of Falling Home. Jeffrey is best known for his work on the Emmy award-winning television shows Dawson’s Creek and The Wonder Years, but has spent the past few years building a cult following for his deeply romantic novels.

Ten FOFs will win an advance copy of The Orchard, Jeffrey’s hotly anticipated new book about a taste-tester from the city who finds love in an unlikely setting. Fifty FOFs will receive Fireworks Over Toccoa, on sale March 15, his critically acclaimed bestseller about war-time love. All of the winners will receive an invite to a private online chat with the author.

60 FOFs will win!

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 60 copies, by answering this question on the comments below: Which one of Jeffrey Stepakoff’s books would you like to read first: an advance copy of The Orchard or Fireworks Over Toccoa (on sale March 15)?

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Ends at 5pm ET on 3/15/2011.  Open to legal residents of 50 US and DC, 18 and older.  Void where prohibited.  For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, click here. To see our past winners, click here.

{Giveaway} Free bestsellers and advance copies just for FOFs!

To enter, answer this question in the comments below: Which one of Kristin Hannah’s books would you like to read first: Night Road or Winter Garden? Why?

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.


Welcome to the FOF Book Club!

We’ve partnered with St. Martin’s Press to offer you FREE bestsellers and advance copies of books. After you’ve read them, you can join live chats with authors and other FOFs! (Can you tell we’re excited?)

This week, we’re giving away 60 books by bestselling novelist, Kristin Hannah. Ten FOFs will win an advance copy of Night Road, Kristin’s hotly anticipated new book about motherhood and forgiveness. Fifty FOFs will receive Winter Garden, her critically acclaimed bestseller about two sisters who uncover their mother’s secret past. All of the winners will receive an invite to a private online chat with the author.

60 lucky FOFs will win! To enter, tell us: Which one of Kristin Hannah’s books would you like to read first: Night Road or Winter Garden? Why?

[click here to read an interview with FOF author Kristin Hannah]

(Contest closes February 5, 2011 at midnight E.S.T.)
See all our past winners, here. See complete rules here.

{Giveaway} Win a chic e-reader case or beautiful bookmarks!

Two bookish & beautiful giveaways this week, FOFs. Take the poll below AND comment to enter.

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

More about what you could win:

FOF Robin K. Blum is giving away these beautiful greeting card-bookmarks from her brilliant biz, In My Book. Robin, a publisher’s associate for seven years at Kane/Miller, wanted to create a greeting card that outlived the occasion it was sent for. She thought up the idea of a bookmark-greeting card.

Robin linked up with graphic designer Meredith Hamilton to help execute the idea and In My Book was born. “Meredith’s sophisticated pen-and-ink drawings were the perfect match for the double-entendre greetings on my bookmarks (“In my book…you’re in between the covers.”) Does Robin think bookmarks will survive the e-book craze? “I am positive that physical books and bookmarks will live on,” says Robin. “Greeting cards haven’t gone out of style since the emergence of the e-card, have they?”

FabOverFifty is giving away this leather e-reader case from the FabOverFifty shop, designed by Graphic Image. It conveniently holds both the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook. The winner can choose between four different styles and colors, gold, silver, brown or blue python.

Enter to win an e-reader case or bookmark set by taking our poll AND commenting below with which item you’d prefer.

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(See all our past winners, here.)

Contest closes December 9, 2010.