The Pros and Cons of Digital Cookbooks

The age of technology has brought about many wonderful things like virtual classrooms, working from home (or anywhere else) online, improvements in communication and even how people read books. Technology has made so many things possible that were once just a dream.

One such advancement is the digital cookbook. Instead of having to have several heavy printed cookbooks in the home, you can have those same cookbooks on your electronic device. It is always a good idea to weigh the good and bad before making any purchase, to ensure the best overall deal and consider if you will truly enjoy the item.

There are many advantages to owning a digital cookbook. One of the biggest advantages is that it won´t  get old, musty and start falling apart after continuous use.  


Printed cookbooks take up room no matter where they sit in your home. A digital cookbook eliminates that hassle because the electronic cookbook is simply an app on your chosen device. Now you do not have to try to make the tough decision which cookbook to buy, you can have them all.

Since the digital cookbook takes up zero space, you can own an entire cookbook library and not have to worry about it. Instead of taking up valuable space with cookbooks, you are free to decorate your kitchen with other items. There are some home cooks who feel like having dusty old printed books takes away from the overall appearance and functionality of their kitchen. 


The price of a digital cookbook is often cheaper than a printed one and sometimes includes bonus features. These bonus features like extra cookbooks (for example buy crock pot cookbook, get dessert cookbook free), cooking and baking tips from professionals and website membership offers are nice extras.

Think about the last time you looked at or purchased a printed cookbook, rather expensive, right? Some printed cookbooks can run to over $100! Generally speaking, you can get that same high dollar cookbook in digital form for less money. 

Easy to purchase

This is a huge plus for busy people: they can shop online, buy online and store it on their device! Gone are the shipping charges and the weeks of waiting for your cookbook to arrive. Digital cookbooks can be downloaded immediately after purchase. You can browse cookbook titles or simply type in what you want and buy it. Cookbook shopping has never been so easy.

Another bonus is you do not have to go to a bookstore and browse the aisles, stand in line to pay and then carry the heavy cookbook home. Some people do not enjoy the bookstore atmosphere at all, they simply want to buy their cookbook and be done with it. If you are one of these people, then a digital cookbook is probably the way to go.

There are also disadvantages to owning digital cookbooks.

Hassle in the kitchen

Digital cookbooks are not very easy to use in the kitchen. It is hard to point and click or swipe the screen when you hands are full of flour or egg. You have to be really careful not get any food or liquids on your device too. Cell phones, tablets and other devices do not look very nice with food smudges on the screens. 

It can be a particular annoyance trying to find a spot to put your digital cookbook so you can still refer to a recipe, without putting it in harm’s way. If you put the device on the counter close to where you are mixing/cooking there is always a chance of something splashing the screen or worse. 

Bad format

Many of the cheaper digital cookbooks are presented in a rather bad format. Instead of seeing a recipe with the list of ingredients and then instructions, the entire recipe is presented in paragraphs. All of the appropriate information is still there and the recipes turn out fine, it is just more of a chore to read. 

Some people do not like the rather generic presentation and miss the way a traditional printed cookbook looks. Sometimes, the phrase “you get what you pay for” applies to digital cookbooks. You pay a cheaper price for the download and receive the recipes in basic text without pictures or flare.

Once you have carefully weighed the pros and cons of digital cookbooks, you can then decide if one is right for you. Digital cookbooks are easier to store, buy and often cheaper, that printed ones. You also have the possibility of snagging some bonuses when you purchase and download them. 

Some people may feel that a digital cookbook just doesn’t belong in the kitchen. It might be a little awkward to grab your smart phone to get the recipe for something, instead grabbing the printed cookbook. The digital revolution has not swept up everyone just yet, but with digital cookbooks and recipe guides, it is getting a little closer.