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That's where Key Ingredient's Demy digital recipe reader enters the picture. The $200 touch-screen tablet was on display at the recent Consumer Electonics Show in Las Vegas, and it's specifically designed to serve up your favorite internet recipes. Made with even the clumsiest cooks in mind, the 5x7 device has an extra-sturdy rubber base, and the sealed glass screen is completely spillproof, according to Key Ingredient President Wendy Jenkins. You can flip the Demy horizontally or vertically and the screen will reorient itself to the new position.
Keep reading and see a video demonstration of Demy after the jump.
The Demy works hand-in-hand with keyingredient.com, which has thousands of recipes in its database, and you can add more from most of the major cooking sites on the web, such as KitchenDailly, Epicurious or MarthaStewart.com, through a utility bar that sits atop the web browser on your computer. Then, plug your Demy into a USB 2.0 port on your computer and sync it to download any new recipes. (This whole process is kind of cumbersome, and Jenkins says a Wi-Fi version is in the works.) In addition to recipes, this multitasking kitchen device has three built-in timers, conversions and -- a personal fave -- a list of substitutions. Fresh out of fennel? Just look it up in the subs app and you might be spared an extra trip to the store.
This recipe tablet has actually been around for a while, but a new, sleeker version of the device with a flat touch-screen that looks similar to an iPad (pictured on page 1) will roll out in the next few months, along with a thermometer add-on that plugs into the device so you can ensure your various meats reach the right heat. The Demy might have a few drawbacks, but it beats seeing your thousand-dollar laptop cozying up to a bubbling pot roast.
For more food-related gear from the Consumer Electronics Show, check out Slashfood's post on the new Robotic Diet Coach.