December 23, 2014

Cooking sits at the intersection of science and art. It is possible to produce dishes using precise measurements and processes, but truly great cooks also tend to be creative and artistic, using personal taste to fine-tune the seasoning and enhance the sensory presentation of each item. Many great chefs don’t mind sharing recipes because they know that measuring and assembling ingredients from a recipe isn’t enough; it’s the wisdom in human tweaking, alongside access to special kitchen tools, that will distinguish a pretty good home meal from a great, restaurant-quality experience.

Yet recipes — and the cookbooks that contain them — are critically important to understanding excellent food and beverages. And luckily for everyone on the planet, recipes can’t be copyrighted, which has inspired the some of the world’s most creative chefs to spread their knowledge far and wide instead of hoarding secrets. So after our first column on spherical ice for drinks and our second on temperature-controlled water baths for food, today’s Kitchen Tech is devoted to a foundational topic: smart modern cookbooks.

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Two of the cookbook sets I discuss inside are absolute monsters, so big and expensive that only the most serious gourmets would consider buying them. Although some of their recipes require special tools that are well beyond the budgets of most home cooks, I’ve included them because they are ingeniously assembled and provide collegiate-level insight into modern cooking at price points lower than taking a typical college class. Most of my recommendations are for cooks with entry-level or moderate kitchen skills, with relatively few and affordable modern kitchen tools.

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Update (12/23 12:00pm): 

In today’s best game/apps deals, 2K has put a number of its popular iOS games on sale through the holidays including the lowest price ever on BioShock for $5 (Reg. $11), XCOM: Enemy Within for $7 (Reg. $12), Civilization Revolution 2 for $8 (Reg. $15) and more.

Head below for the rest of today’s discounted iOS apps including Tengami for $2 (Reg. $4), BADLAND for $1 (Reg. $2), Fieldrunners 2 for $1 (Reg. $3) and many more. You’ll also find a massive list of previously price dropped iOS apps that are currently still live for the holidays:

Ongoing game deals/features:

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December 22, 2014

When it comes to multi-room wireless speaker systems, the conversation has started and ended with SONOS in recent years. They’ve managed to create a fail-safe system that features a solid mesh network and offers a wide variety of streaming services. But as CES 2015 rapidly approaches LG has set its sights on SONOS with its new line of Music Flow wireless speakers.

But LG does offer a specific feature with one of its new speakers that even Sonos cannot claim….

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The Dollar Store now has the Colecovision Flashback Classic Game Console back in stock for only $20 + $4.95 shipping. That’s half off the regular price and the lowest we’ve ever seen.

The game console includes 62 built in games and has everything you need to hook it up to your TV and start gaming like the good old days.

Want to avoid shipping? Buy 2 and get them both shipped for free. Also, you can still order by 8pm ET tonight and choose second day shipping for $20.47, or by 8 pm ET on December 23 and choose overnight for $22.80 to get by Christmas.  expand full story

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Robotic technology company iRobot, most known for its Roomba vacuums, recently announced an expansion to its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach program. Along with a series of new learning resources, the company has now made its Create 2 robot platform available.

Based on the Roomba 600, the Create 2 is essentially a remanufactured, customizable Roomba robot that students, educators and hobbyists can use to get “firsthand robotic programming experience.” From sounds and behaviors to navigation tasks and more, users can tweak and re-program Create 2 to do any number of different tasks…

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