This New Service Aims to Be the Spotify for Cookbooks
You can cook your way through more than 500 top-selling cookbooks for one low, flat fee.
A serious home cook might dream of being able to pour over a library of more than 500 of celebrated, best-selling cookbooks in the comfort of their own home, looking for just that perfect recipe, technique, or tip.
And now there's a new service that will soon let you do just that—it's called "ckbk."
Ckbk will let you find, save and compare some of the best-selling cookbooks on the market using the digital service on your computer or smartphone. Launching later this spring, the service will start with more than 500 titles.
According to Tasting Table, the founders behind the new service asked some familiar names for ideas on which books they should focus on first—Daniel Boulud and Nigella Lawson definitely had a few recommendations to share. The resulting database is full of both new and honored titles, ranging from classics penned by Paula Wolfert to reference volumes like The Oxford Companion to Food.
What's fun about ckbk is that you can save your favorite recipes to "playlists" that you can share with family and friends. And you can save collections of recipes based on genre or type of cuisine, which keeps things simple.
The website is currently inviting potential customers to sign up for a free trial, but ckbk plans to offer a basic service for free. Users can then upgrade to an "all-you-can-eat" subscription, which provides you unlimited access to the recipes, as well as on-site how-to videos, shopping lists, and more. It's unclear at this time just how much that membership will cost.
While ckbk certainly isn't the first service to provide recipes on demand (you can search all of Cooking Light's recipes right here for free), we're excited for an expansive library of once printed cookbooks at a low price—and we're thinking this service just might change how cookbook authors reach savvy home cooks in the future.