2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Demy Digital Recipe Reader – I’m In Love and It Changes Everything

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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I love cookbooks, I collect them. For me a cookbook is like a store. I love to browse and window shop. I find new treasures that will hopefully become favorites. After I go through a cookbook I find the recipes I want to try and mark them off. After I’ve made the recipe or forgotten that there was another that I wanted to try the cookbook goes unopened for a while. Sometimes weeks. Sometimes months. Sometimes years. The cookbooks take up a lot of room. I recently got an awesome new toy tool that changes everything about my cooking, my cookbooks and my kitchen – the Demy.

Demy Box

About The Demy

The Demy is the first digital recipe reader that holds your entire recipe collection in a sleek, compact, kitchen-safe device. With a high-resolution color touchscreen, an uncluttered interface and many special tools, the Demy makes any cook’s job easier.

Demy Contents

The Demy comes with everything you need to use it – the Demy touchscreen digital recipe reader, ac adapter and usb cable. The Demy is super easy to get started using . All you need to do is plug it in to charge it, download the software to your computer, connect the Demy to your computer and synchronize. One very cool feature about the Demy is that it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It can sit flat on the counter or be stood up. When you turn it the screen turns also.

The Demy can hold up to 2,500 recipes and comes with a bunch of recipes preloaded on it right out of the box. Recipes are organized in the library. You can scroll through the library or search using the alphabetical index.

Demy Library

Each recipe has the usual information you’d find in a cookbook or on a website  – description, ingredients and instructions. Many even have a picture. Have problems reading smaller fonts? No problem, just use the adjust font button to bring the font up to a size you’re comfortable with.

Demy Recipe Pic

Demy Recipe Ingredients

So that bring us to what is probably your next question. Where do the recipes come from, or how do they get in there? A great community website and online recipe box called Key Ingredient. The community is free to join. Members can find and friend other community members and share recipes. If you find a recipe you like you just click add to grocery list and all of the ingredients will be saved in a list for you. If you really like the recipe you can add it to your cookbook and upload it to your Demy. You can upload your own recipes, and either share them with others or leave them private. And once you’ve uploaded your recipe to the site you can also add it to your cookbook and upload it to to your own Demy.

Storing recipes isn’t all that the Demy does.

It’s got a digital timer built in. Actually, it’s got three.

Demy Timer

It’s got a great conversion tool, that lets you convert one unit of measure to almost any other unit of measure.

Demy Conversions

It’s got a substitution tool. If you don’t have one ingredient the Demy may be able to suggest another one for you.

Demy Substitutions

Wondering how you’re going to keep this gadget clean, what with it being in the kitchen where you cook (and possibly have the occasional food fight if you’re like my family)? The Demy is made of splash resistant plastic and the touchscreen is sealed so it can’t be damaged. All you have to do to clean it off is wipe it with a damp cloth.

I can’t speak for you but my cookbook hang up has been known to take over and get the best of me. It’s also been known to take over my kitchen.

Demy Cookbooks

Now I can take all of my bookmarked recipes out of the cookbooks and put them into my Demy. That’s going to save a lot of space on my counter. I won’t be flipping through books trying to remember where I saw something, I can just go into my Demy and find what I want quickly.

I am totally in love with my Demy. It was easy to set up and has been easy to use. Once I finish moving recipes to the Demy I will be able to remove the cookbooks, uncluttering the counters. The one thing I’d love to see in a future software edition is the ability to specify what gets synchronized, similar to how you set up an iPod. This awesome tool is a must have for anyone who enjoys cooking or needs help organizing their recipes.

The Demy Kitchen Safe Touchscreen Recipe Reader retails for $199.95 and is available for purchase online. It can connect with both Mac and Window computers.

The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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Stefani December 5, 2010 - 3:15 pm

OMG, I totally want one of these. I have a huge cookbook collection but would love to have this to add to it.

valmg December 5, 2010 - 3:23 pm

It is so awesome, you’ll love it!

Candace December 5, 2010 - 3:31 pm

I need one of those!! Since I began blogging about food I get cookbooks all the time and now at college we are handed recipes as well so you can imagine my space is closing in on me!

valmg December 5, 2010 - 3:37 pm

It’s amazing how the cookbooks add up, isn’t it! I think everybody needs one of these!

Michelle December 5, 2010 - 4:58 pm

That is so neat! What a great idea!

Cherie Corey December 6, 2010 - 1:07 am

wow this is so cool… Question, how do you get the recipies to it? I mean like to declutter old cookbooks? Are there ones tha will just upload to it as well?

PS, I sent you a comment form, in case it gets lost..lol Speaking personally hahaha

pat.navymom December 6, 2010 - 7:52 am

Interesting as long as there is power but who cooks with the electricity off?

valmg December 6, 2010 - 8:15 am

Not sure what you mean. This holds a charge anyway, so you could use it without power.


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