eCookbook and subscription giveaway - The Journey & Laurent Gras' My Provence

JourneyThe Journey is the first edition in the Alta Editions Cooking Series, a new online cookbook series featuring stories and exclusive recipes from some of the world's most inspiring chefs. This edition features four remarkable New York City-based women chefs: Katy Sparks, executive chef of Tavern on the Green; Maneet Chauhan, a judge on Food Network's "Chopped;" Alex Raij, chef and co-owner of Txikito, El Quinto Pino, El Comedor and La Vara; and Rita Sodi, chef and owner of I Sodi.

My ProvenceAnd Alta has also published their first eBook: Laurent Gras' My Provence, which contains over 50 Provence-inspired recipes from renowned chef Laurent Gras.  

(To learn more about Alta and their innovative approach to cookbook publishing, check out Chris McBride's discussion of the inspiration behind this approach.)

In this giveaway, we're offering five free one-year subscriptions to all of Alta's content, which includes The Journey, My Provence, and future  new cookbook editions to be released every other month.  Recipes are indexed on Eat Your Books and Alta subscribers have a direct link to each recipe.

To win a copy, just answer the following question: Do you use your computer or a mobile device in the kitchen?

Additional rules are:

  • Please make certain you have signed in to the EYB website (you don't have to be a paid member). This ensures that we have your email address and can get in contact with you. 
  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on January 14, 2013.

Apologies for the delay in announcing these winners.  The five winners, selected by random number generator, are Teemo, kaotway, smallan, Grinsall, and RobinCR.

93 Comments

  • lizwinn  on  12/17/2013 at 6:09 PM

    Yes! I recently purchased a new iPad Air just for cookbooks!

  • TrishaCP  on  12/17/2013 at 7:17 PM

    Yep, use my iPad frequently....

  • adrienneyoung  on  12/17/2013 at 8:12 PM

    All the time! For my eatyourbooks site (the comments!), for the many online recipes I link to through it, for my timer app, metric conversions, music... The list just keeps getting bigger!

  • wester  on  12/18/2013 at 1:46 AM

    I usually copy recipes to my e-reader, but that is not very practical (although more practical than having to keep running to the PC in the living room). I think I will have to upgrade pretty soon...

  • napier  on  12/18/2013 at 4:01 AM

    More and more but books will never totally dissapear from my countertop. There is something tangible and comforting about a well thumbed volume that a screen just can't replace.

  • dbielick  on  12/18/2013 at 6:58 AM

    I use the computer all the time. EYB for finding recipes in books. My old box of recipes on index cards has been on the computer for years now.

  • pkeibel  on  12/18/2013 at 7:39 AM

    No I don't, too manychances for spill. Outside of the kitchen we use it to choose a recipe, then print and place in a plastic sleeve. The advantage is when someone likes the recipe I just hand them the printed sheet.

  • GourmetDispatches  on  12/18/2013 at 8:42 AM

    Yes, I use a tablet in the kitchen. I frequently refer to magazine indexes to find recipes. Tablet version of magazines also provide other type of content such as videos etc. I still cook from my cookbook collection though.

  • Grinsall  on  12/18/2013 at 8:59 AM

    Yes and I have a special friend "Claude" who is an iPad stand in the shape of a chef who sits on my kitchen bench!

  • vickster  on  12/18/2013 at 9:09 AM

    I have started using my iPad a lot in the kitchen, holding it up with an inexpensive plate stand. I am now purchasing more e-cookbooks (don't need to find room on my bookshelves!) I also have some cooking apps that I use and particularly enjoy the ones with video instruction.

  • Aggreenhouse  on  12/18/2013 at 9:47 AM

    yes I use my iPad in the kitchen...

  • jenniesb  on  12/18/2013 at 12:22 PM

    Both! I use my iPad more frequently but at times I do use my laptop because it doesn't go into screen saver mode so quickly when I'm following recipes.

  • chawkins  on  12/18/2013 at 12:25 PM

    I have one of my laptops with me most of the time anywhere in the house.

  • cpauldin  on  12/18/2013 at 1:22 PM

    I do! Having mobile apps for most of my recipe websites, as well as EYB, means that I can look anything up or refer to a recipe without printing and wasting paper.

  • tcjanes  on  12/18/2013 at 3:35 PM

    Too risky for me-printer paper is much cheaper than replacing laptop or iPad. Also, you can tape that at eye level on cupboard door.

  • kaotway  on  12/18/2013 at 5:45 PM

    My laptop, as it seems to survive a bit better in my kitchen environment! I always have the internet on to check different things while I'm cooking :)

  • Queezle_Sister  on  12/18/2013 at 6:20 PM

    I mostly use my laptop, because of my middle-aged eyes. But at times, the phone is what is available. Maybe I need a tablet!

  • Margaretsmall  on  12/18/2013 at 10:31 PM

    Actually, for the very first time today! We have started the Christmas holidays at the beach (summer here in Australia) and I wanted to make a pavlova as soon as I arrived as we have guests for dinner tonight. Didn't want to take the cookbook(Masterchef book 2) with my favourite version, lightbulb moment, take a photo of the recipe with my newish iPad! yeh! First photo, and surprise, surprise, it's of a recipe. Now for some way to organise them, there are sure to be many more,

  • CandyB  on  12/19/2013 at 2:30 AM

    Neither - I use paper! Either I take a book into the kitchen, or I print out a recipe which I have found on the internet. Paper allows me to write down any changes while I am busy, even if my hands are sticky/buttery/other!

  • Cotonqueen  on  12/19/2013 at 5:28 AM

    Yes, I use my iphone for a timer, and listmaking, my computer for researching and storing recipes. I still love all my books!

  • hwbookworm  on  12/19/2013 at 7:56 AM

    I occasionally use the iPad mini, but I still prefer to print out recipes, that way I don't have to worry about getting food everywhere!

  • josephinetomato  on  12/19/2013 at 7:59 AM

    I use my iPad 1 sometimes but still prefer to print recipes out so I can write on them. I even copy pages from my cookbooks from which to cook so I can make notes. Then I transcribe with date and notes into the cookbook. My resolution for 2014 is using EYB more efficiently. Need to find some new ways!

  • sir_ken_g  on  12/19/2013 at 8:03 AM

    I do not use my laptop for cooking. I burn trees,

  • prpost  on  12/19/2013 at 8:11 AM

    iPad!

  • veronicafrance  on  12/19/2013 at 8:16 AM

    Not _in_ the kitchen, but I keep my favourite recipes on my blog, and call them up on the computer as a quick memory jogger. If necessary I print the ingredient list/method and take it with me.

  • bfaust  on  12/19/2013 at 8:18 AM

    iMac on the counter in the kitchen.

  • zarprey  on  12/19/2013 at 8:51 AM

    I'll often consult my phone if I'm using an online recipe but I don't have anything permanently in the kitchen.

  • smallan  on  12/19/2013 at 9:04 AM

    Sort of. I use iPad and computer to search out recipes or to return to recipes I have liked. But because I rarely cook any recipe exactly as written, I use these devices to read 3 or 8 or 20 similar recipes (!), make a mental note of the elements I want to use, and go cook from what is in my memory. Occasionally, I set up the iPad or computer on the counter to jog my memory on a particularly tricky or important component - a technique, or spice blend, or timing.

  • cambridgecook  on  12/19/2013 at 9:14 AM

    I use my computer in the kitchen.

  • LeePicard  on  12/19/2013 at 9:26 AM

    Laptop. Best thing ever when you need to see the picture or how to - quick reference.

  • janetca1  on  12/19/2013 at 9:34 AM

    I use my iPad.

  • DannieT  on  12/19/2013 at 9:48 AM

    Not yet. I just purchased a tablet and am looking forward to starting to utilize it in the kitchen. I do search for quite a few recipes online and print them to use in the kitchen. It will be good to skip a step :)

  • louie734  on  12/19/2013 at 10:14 AM

    I use both a laptop and an iPad. Not sure which I like better for kitchen use. Neither are fun to clean.

  • lmalter  on  12/19/2013 at 10:27 AM

    I prefer real cookbooks but yes I whip out my phone at least once to double check a reference point- or if I am using an e-recipe

  • JamieK  on  12/19/2013 at 10:40 AM

    No. I prefer using my cookbooks because I love the actual books.

  • Teemo  on  12/19/2013 at 10:56 AM

    I just use my cookbooks

  • Nsteinen  on  12/19/2013 at 11:20 AM

    Yes, because I don't want to mess up my cookbooks.

  • CRT  on  12/19/2013 at 11:21 AM

    I use an iPad but I still prefer cookbooks because it's easier to use many books at once. I often FaceTime with my sister while cooking, me in California, she in Wisconsin. That way we can sort of cook together.

  • colevb6  on  12/19/2013 at 11:27 AM

    I use my iPod when I need quick reference substitutions for ingredients, but otherwise I stick to cookbooks, cut out recipes, and print outs!

  • nszluk  on  12/19/2013 at 11:54 AM

    I use my iPad as a timer and also use it to search for recipes but I like to print off recipes so I can feel safe spilling, dripping and dropping things while I cook.

  • gingershelley  on  12/19/2013 at 12:23 PM

    I don't actually take my computer into the kitchen, but I use recipes from the internet all the time....I print recipes out!

  • pokarekare  on  12/19/2013 at 3:21 PM

    I use my ipad occasionally, more often now that i have access to EYB on it, and my iphone of course to compile my shopping list, but really need a stand so I can dock my ipad there more conveniently.

  • Brandeemk  on  12/19/2013 at 3:57 PM

    I use my iPad all of the time. Sorry about this plug but I use and love how Chef Sleeves give me peace of mind and that even if I have batter on my hands I can still scroll through my recipe. I would never bring my computer into the kitchen. SCARY! Disclaimer, I don't work for nor am I attached in any way to Chef Sleeves I just love the product. Many makers make a similar product.

  • Muzzy  on  12/19/2013 at 3:58 PM

    My PC is in the lounge, so I run back and forth.

  • SLane  on  12/19/2013 at 4:25 PM

    Once I have used my android tablet in the kitchen. It may take me a bit to get used to it.

  • Beckiemas  on  12/19/2013 at 6:31 PM

    I occasionally will take the laptop into the kitchen, but prefer to not. Somehow it seems to disrupt the slow calm of cooking, so rather I will focus on paper recipes (in cookbooks or previously transcribed from websites and blogs), or take the time to write out the recipe I want to use.

  • vinochic  on  12/19/2013 at 6:39 PM

    Yes, I am using my ipad more and more. When it comes to cookbooks, I prefer the real thing to the digital version. However, I love having my ipad for food blogs, apps, magazines...

  • pgarcia  on  12/19/2013 at 8:09 PM

    Yes I do! I set my iPad up on its Smart Cover & cook away!

  • jaelsne  on  12/19/2013 at 9:31 PM

    I prop up my ipad in the kitchen and use it as a timer as well as a recipe source. Couldn't live without it!

  • Clove  on  12/19/2013 at 10:24 PM

    My iPad is fantastic.

  • patsylu  on  12/19/2013 at 11:54 PM

    I often consult a recipe on my tablet and since I broke my tiimer I use the timer on my phone.

  • JanScholl  on  12/20/2013 at 12:43 AM

    My desktop is right next to the pantry and my stove is across from it. Works for me!

  • smccandless  on  12/20/2013 at 12:51 AM

    ipad + macgourmet!

  • charleslee.garyboston  on  12/20/2013 at 12:14 PM

    We use our Ipad and Iphones often. Still love books though, especially the indexed ones!

  • danceral  on  12/20/2013 at 1:37 PM

    Yes, I use both at least once a week...often to look up a substitution for an ingredient in a cookbook that I don't have or can't find.

  • DKennedy  on  12/21/2013 at 7:16 AM

    Yes, I use the kindle, iPad and the laptop in my kitchen.

  • susan g  on  12/21/2013 at 3:05 PM

    As I gradually acquire ebooks, I see a kitchen friendly device in my future. Like many of the previous commenters, I love my physical books, but I also cook many online/blog recipes. Usually I hand copy the recipe -- that helps me organize it in my head, sometimes reorganize the process too. After making it, I note the inevitable modifications and date and rank the recipe for future use. So, a time and a place for everything. And EYB is a blessing!

  • Senkimekia  on  12/21/2013 at 6:14 PM

    I use my ipad all the time

  • Kiwihil  on  12/23/2013 at 2:45 AM

    I use my ipad or cookbooks.

  • stargirl  on  12/23/2013 at 12:11 PM

    I am always using my iPad in the kitchen.

  • kmw0919  on  12/23/2013 at 2:15 PM

    I use both, but mostly my computer for the larger screen.

  • angelanorr  on  12/23/2013 at 2:26 PM

    sometimes I use my iPad, but I prefer to print a copy of the recipe

  • ewagner  on  12/24/2013 at 9:34 AM

    I use my laptop in the kitchen- I like the bigger screen than the ipad and the videos are better. I love having my recipes at my fingertips!

  • sfroamer  on  12/28/2013 at 3:18 AM

    I use my Kindle Fire HD to surf the net for recipes.

  • FunkyViriditas  on  12/28/2013 at 7:05 AM

    I use my iPad in the kitchen, desperately need a stand for it though... a couple of close calls, lol.

  • LouiseSWigg  on  12/30/2013 at 3:39 AM

    I bought a tablet specifially for recipies. Best thing I ever did!

  • adukeman  on  12/30/2013 at 4:55 AM

    Printed copy of the recipe is what I use. Just recently received an ipad so I'll be using it in the kitchen soon.

  • lsgourmet  on  12/30/2013 at 1:24 PM

    I'm getting used to using the IPad in order to save my books from splashes and worse. I use an old acrylic book stand to protect the IPad screen and to keep it standing up while I cook. Still it's a bit of a pain when I have to move down the screen. Is there anything else that protects the IPad but leaves it accessible?

  • AlliFradgley  on  12/30/2013 at 1:38 PM

    I use my iPad in the kitchen ALL THE TIME as you could tell if you look at the state of my screen lol. I've got flour, sugar and butter all stuck to the screen. Luckily I have a screen protector on it. When my screen gets too bad and the stains are permanent, I just change the screen protector. You can get them from Amazon.

  • RobinCR  on  12/31/2013 at 6:59 PM

    I use my iPad for cooking sometimes. Always looking for new ways to give it a shot.

  • ean  on  1/1/2014 at 10:19 PM

    I use my laptop and my IPhone depending on which one is handiest.

  • sailor  on  1/2/2014 at 7:43 PM

    I couldn't get by without my MacBook Pro in the kitchen. I use a silicone keyboard cover to prevent splashes or spills from going into the keyboard and a screen protector. EYB is permanently open and invaluable. I use extra tabs to search for recipes, methods etc. Beats trying to remember where that recipe is from my large collection of cookbooks. Still love my books as well.

  • Ltayl04  on  1/2/2014 at 9:04 PM

    Yes, in the kitchen, in the car, in the store.

  • PatriciaAnn  on  1/4/2014 at 5:03 AM

    Don't have the computer in the kitchen. It's in another room. I use it all the time for researching recipes. I print the one's I want to make, then take notes on my print-out with adjustments, etc.

  • JenPDX  on  1/4/2014 at 2:36 PM

    Always using my ipad!

  • earthnfire  on  1/4/2014 at 2:44 PM

    Love my iPad in the kitchen!

  • Julia  on  1/5/2014 at 3:32 AM

    Yes! I use both my IPad and laptop in the kitchen.

  • maisie_grn  on  1/8/2014 at 9:55 AM

    Yes, particularly for king arthur's baking sheets

  • rainfields  on  1/8/2014 at 11:44 PM

    Use my android phone to get recipe online :)

  • infotrop  on  1/9/2014 at 12:02 AM

    Even when I'm cooking from a cookbook, I usually have my IPad nearby...I often need to add something to my a grocery list on saymmm.com or I might want to check online recipes or my eatyourbooks library.

  • kay.cee  on  1/11/2014 at 7:38 PM

    I use my tablet and phone all the time in the kitchen. I use it to follow online recipes, as well as groceries, kitchen timer, and metric conversion apps. I would be lost without it.

  • jacquelynrose  on  1/11/2014 at 10:59 PM

    I use my tablet, am loving EYB though as I treasure all my cookbooks

  • cdkramer  on  1/12/2014 at 8:04 PM

    I use my iPad in the kitchen all the time!!

  • Bexxta  on  1/13/2014 at 4:56 AM

    I use mobile or laptop for conversions as I use a few US cookbooks in a UK kitchen. Otherwise I prefer to read a recipe from a book rather than online... has the added benefit that it doesn't matter how much food I spill - stains only make a cookbook look loved and well used, whereas they aren't so desirable on a phone! ;)

  • Serena  on  1/13/2014 at 5:50 PM

    Yes I use both my phone and laptop in the kitchen for new recipes, tips and conversions

  • mswager  on  1/13/2014 at 5:55 PM

    I just got a Kindle and used it for a new ecookbook.

  • Gunnygoo  on  1/13/2014 at 6:28 PM

    Yes, I use my Nook or iphone for recipes!!

  • debkellie  on  1/13/2014 at 6:51 PM

    In my dreams, i'm thinking about how my kitchen redesign can accommodate a decent sized computer enabled TV monitor so that tiny ipad/ laptop image can be clearly seen without sticky fingers... and that is colour co-ordinated of course!

  • dvajefink  on  1/14/2014 at 8:14 PM

    iPad is my line in kitchen along with eat your books of course!

  • GsyAnne  on  1/15/2014 at 5:18 AM

    Yes, I either use my laptop or 'borrow' my husband ipad to check recipes and cooking times while in th kitchen.

  • Kerrey  on  1/17/2014 at 12:44 PM

    I used to, but I find I really prefer my books.

  • chowfamily  on  1/25/2014 at 11:39 PM

    I use my iPad with stored cookbooks and internet recipes, but also print out copies of recipes to refer to.

  • Jane  on  1/29/2014 at 2:02 PM

    Apologies for the delay in announcing these winners. The five winners, selected by random number generator, are Teemo, kaotway, smallan, Grinsall, and RobinCR.

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