Foodies rejoice – the world of culinary exploration is upon us! No need to prop your iPad precariously on your countertop, or fumble with multiple apps to get the information you need while you prepare succulent dishes – the French have created an all-in-one tablet for the kitchen connoisseurs out there, aptly named “QOOQ” (pronounced “cook”). This fully-loaded gadget has a 10 inch screen with a simple interface and an abundance of options for any type of gourmand.
While they aren’t really revolutionizing the market for tablets, they have put a lot of effort into creating a kitchen assistant that is resistant to most of the abuse that chefs throw at it. It’s splash-proof and has a thick tamper-resistant cherry red casing with rubber feet so it won’t slip. The software included is built off of a customized Linux OS, and includes media streaming capabilities as well as web browsing and connectivity to social media. The ability to access other online content opens the user to an unlimited resource of recipe information.
I haven’t yet found an all-inclusive cooking app that I truly love, but the QOOQ comes close. It includes 3,600 recipes and 1,200 expert chef tutorial videos (if you sign up for their monthly subscription service). You can also upload your own recipes, and share them with others. And the most impressive features – a well-rounded recipe calculator which helps you figure out how much to make for however many people you are serving, and generates a menu and shopping list for you, which is a real stress-reliever in my opinion. You can also plan out your meals for the entire week, helping you stay on track, effortlessly.
You can check out QOOQ’s content online if you’re wary of spending $399 on a tablet that only has one purpose, but if you’re a regular techie/foodie, you’re going to love the high quality construction and regularly updated content that’s available.
A recently upgraded model is soon to hit the U.S. market this Fall, complete with updated recipe content that is more suited to the North American palate. If language isn’t an issue, the French version is currently available online via the QOOQ online store.