As you may know, I collect cookbooks. I have more than 600 in hard copy alone, thousands more in Kindle versions. And since I read my Kindle cookbooks on an iPad, things like full color or lots of pictures are not an issue for me as they are for many Kindle users. Lately, I've found myself adding to my collection in two specific areas - cookbooks from the UK and cookbooks that feature Southern food - so I thought that I had really hit the jackpot when I bought the Kindle version of Southern Living Around the Southern Table: Coming home to comforting meals and treasured memories a couple of days ago. The book is full of vibrant color photos. There is an illustration for every recipe, with a link to each dish right in the photo. There is indeed an index, though you may have to page left towards the cover rather than right into the body of the book to access it. The recipes sound downright scrumptious. However, Southern Living Around the Southern Table: Coming home to comforting meals and treasured memories seems to have had a tragic accident, one that has critically disabled it!
For some reason that I simply cannot fathom, the publisher (Southern Living) has chosen to disable all of the user friendly functions that are true necessities for making Kindle cookbooks work!
There is NO SEARCH. If you want a list of all the recipes that contain sweet potatoes you are going to have to go through the book by hand and write them down on PAPER!
There are NO BOOKMARKS. If you found a wonderful recipe you want to try, you'll need to write the name down on PAPER so that you remember it - and of course pray that you do not lose the PAPER.
There are NO NOTES. If you find an error or want to make a note of a change, poor you. Write it down on PAPER.
I really wanted to give this book a 5 star review and tell how you wonderful it is. In all honesty, the content wipes the floor with every other recent Southern cookbook I've seen lately. I wanted to tell you about the great recipe that I found for __________ but I cannot remember the name of the dish and can't search to find it. I wanted to tell you about the error that I found in another recipe, something named __________, but couldn't bookmark the recipe or make a note about the error. Sadly, I didn't have any PAPER handy to write on at the time.
When I went to check something in preparation for writing this review while my iPad was charging I discovered that Southern Living Around the Southern Table: Coming home to comforting meals and treasured memories is not compatible with either Kindle for MAC or Kindle for Windows (unless you have Windows 8). I tried to read the book on the Cloud only to discover that the Cloud Reader seems to be broken in Firefox and the book is so large the pages won't display on Chrome, even on my very fast connection. (I stream all of my TV.)
Grandma's $0.02 - I don't know about yours, but the cookbooks that I use frequently are full of bookmarks, notes about changes I've made and stains on the most-loved recipes. There is very little more ridiculous than paying for an electronic copy of a "book" that you cannot bookmark or make notes in. What is the point of a digital version of a cookbook if you still need PAPER to list your favorites or make notes?
Two thumbs down for the KINDLE version of Southern Living Around the Southern Table: Coming home to comforting meals and treasured memories. This is unusable as a cookbook, not worth paying for at any price, even if the price is $0.00.
Buy the print version. It comes with PAPER!