May 3, 2014
MacBook Cutting Board And More Cooking For Geeks
Cooking is up there with my all-time favorite hobbies. I am on board with the back-to-basics, locally sourced ingredients trend currently going on, and the idea that cooking should be about classic, homely recipes. However, I have no problem with combining those wholesome recipes and ingredients with the latest tech in the kitchen.
The object in the story that made me think about technology with cooking, the MacBook Pro cutting board, isn’t actually technology, really. It is only a lump of wood shaped like a MacBook Pro, with a sliced version of the Apple logo on it. You can’t do any computing on it, only chop up garlic, herbs or veggies, but it is a must-have for Apple lovers or indeed anyone who wants a super-slick, geeky kitchen.
The cutting board is even made from Apple wood, and comes in the exact shape and specifications of the three MacBook Pro sizes: the 13″ (325 x 227 mm), 15″ (364 x 249 mm), and the 17″ (393 x 267 mm). As Cult of Mac points out, it is not cheap at $110, but Apple has done an incredible job of ensuring that, while it’s one of the world’s most popular brands, it has retained a feeling of exclusivity among their customers. Accessories like this one are likely to be no different.
A more practical accessory for the 21st century kitchen is a device holder for tablets and other handheld devices. Such devices can’t easily be held by hands that are covered in chicken’s blood or cake mixture or whatever a home cook might have been handling. The touchpen that comes with the holders, which cost about $20, ensure that we can still use our gadgets while cooking, to look at recipes or be kept company by music or TV shows, or indeed, I suppose, use Skype or other chat to be kept company by a friend. As long as we don’t blame them if we miss a carrot and take a little bit of finger.
Another gadget that allows us to be sociable when cooking is the iGrill, a wireless Bluetooth cooking thermometer which lets us to keep tabs on how our roast is doing from another room, while refreshing glasses and generally being incredibly engaging hosts. The iGrill also helps with accuracy and timing when it comes to roasting large pieces of meat, which can be tricky even for experienced cooks.
There are, of course, plenty of apps available to help with cooking too, whether for weighing and measuring ingredients, buying them, or making the best of those left over in the fridge. Love Food Hate Waste is a good example of an app that helps us to manage the turnover of our stock of ingredients.
Finally, for gentlemen, there is the iWife, an android that could rival the Japanese robot that recently played soccer with Barack Obama for its cutting edge ability. The iWife can be used at times when men don’t feel like cooking, to work uncomplainingly in the kitchen like wives in the 1950s. Okay, that doesn’t exist; fortunately equality is advancing along with technology.
The connection between cooking and health, because it allows us to keep track of what is in our food, is increasingly talked about. Hopefully even people who don’t hugely enjoy cooking can be encouraged to do it with some hi-tech help.
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