Ask questions and interact live with your favorite celebrity chef, such as Guy Fieri or Martha Stewart, right in your kitchen. Linked to your Amazon Prime account. Need a peeler and some limes for this recipe? Amazon will send them over.
From The Verge: “Food Network says it’s specifically modeling its classes after Peloton’s live-streaming model. Food Network is banking on the power of its personalities, and the $7 streaming fee starts to make sense when it’s viewed as an exclusive membership, giving fans the chance to interact with their favorite stars.
Netflix may get Seinfeld in 2021, and Apple TV Plus may have all of, like, 10 shows — but only Food Network Kitchen will give its users the chance to interact with Guy Fieri and ask him cooking questions live. I’m imagining it to be the equivalent of your favorite Food Network personality doing an Instagram Live, but with way better streaming quality (have you ever sat through an Instagram Live you didn’t immediately want to exit?). And maybe that alone is worth paying for.”
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Since it’s on Amazon, it’s integrated with Amazon Fresh, so you can choose a recipe you want to learn and have the ingredients delivered to your door before the class begins. Agoraphobics rejoice!
It’s live streaming, but with food celebrities. But it could be any celebrities you otherwise wouldn’t have such intimate access to, doing anything. In a world where most content is given for free, it reinforces one notion of celebrity, in that you have to pay to have access them.
Phones and tablets have become kitchen tools in their own right, guiding users through delicious recipes. But what happens when you have to swipe to the next instruction and your hands are covered in flour, sugar or something sticky? Enter the Olivari Audio Cookbook, the brainchild of Olivari olive oil. The hands-free app reads recipe instructions out loud, using voice commands to take cooks through the process step-by-step.
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I am so excited about this app. I love to cook and the pages of my cookbooks are full of olive oil drippings and tomato sauce splashes so having someone read the step-by-step instructions to me would be wonderful. Users have access to hundreds of recipes from Eating Well magazine, and cooks can add their own recipes. Don’t panic about going too slow while making a recipe, you can go at your own pace when using the voice control. It’s a great promotional tie-in with the olive oil company. I only wish it was the voice of Julia Child reading me the recipes.
We all are so busy throughout the day that when it comes time to think about what’s for dinner and preparing it, we often don’t make healthy choices and pick up what’s convenient. Welcome Plated, a service that offers a selection of healthy menus which can all be prepared in 30 minutes or less, step-by-step directions, and the ingredients, fresh, high-quality foods, are delivered in an insulated box to your door. Plated’s mission is to have more people cooking, sharing that wonderful experience of coming together and having a meal.
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Plated currently delivers to 80% of the continental US. By entering your zip code on plated.com, you can see the delivery dates available each week in your neighborhood and select the one that works for you. Plated offers seven menu choices, 4 fish/meat and 3 vegetarian dishes. Plated’s specialized network delivers the ingredients in a custom-made, 100% recyclable box which keeps your food cool. If you don’t want to cook that evening, you may put the ingredients in the refrigerator where they will remain fresh for the next 4-5 days. Step-by-step recipe cards are included. Plated strives to support local suppliers and American farmers. There are several pricing options, sign up as a member for $10/month and each plate costs $12 and receive special promotions or pay as you go at $15/plate. The site also has a blog, with more recipes and how-to videos, and you can join their social community on Facebook and Pinterest. Share your pictures and tweets at #platedpics. Most of us do enjoy cooking, it’s just finding the time. Plated does the shopping, chopping, and measuring, and lets us enjoy the experience of cooking and sharing a meal with friends and family.
A crock-pot is one of the simplest and most trustworthy kitchen appliances there is, and there have been crock-pots helping busy cooks for more than half a century. That ultra-basic interface— High, Low and Warm temperatures, plus a timer— is so foolproof there seems no reason to make it “smarter.” Introducing the Smart Crock-Pot with Wi-Fi, controlled by your smartphone using an app called WeMo.
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You prepare your stew or chili just like you always do, add the meat, veggies, and spices to the crockpot. But instead of turning on a knob on the front of the cookware, you launch an app on your phone to set the temperature and time. The crock-pot turns on and reaches a simmer. The app keeps track of time and alerts you with a pop-up message that your six-hour chili is ready to serve. If you want to change the temperature from high to low or adjust the cook time, you could easily do that whether you are down the street or in our Princeton office. If you are ahead of schedule and want your dinner to cook faster or are delayed and want to slow it down, it’s all done by the app. The advantage of a slow-cooker is that you can leave the house without worry and come home to a delicious dinner, all cooked and waiting for you. But this new technology takes it a step further by letting you set the start time and lower or raise the temp and have a warm, amazing bowl of chili ready when you are. The Smart Crock-Pot is made by Belkin and is $130.
The rise in food culture over the past few years has not only led to a flood of foodstagrams and unique restaurants, but also an increased interest in cooking at home. Taking the time to select fresh ingredients and try adventurous recipes has become a leisure activity for young urbanites looking to slow down and escape the always-on work/lifestyle demanded by today’s economy.
At the same time, new devices are pushing the eating experience into new dimensions. Recently we’ve covered more experimental gadgets that play with smell as a food enhancer. While these are great fun, they don’t address the fundamental, creative culinary drive consumers exhibit when they try to adopt fancy cooking techniques like sous vide (meaning ‘under vacuum’ in French).
Technology has changed the way we interact with nearly everything we do day-to-day except how we use our kitchens. There hasn’t been enough incentive to change kitchen basics in the past century so today we wade in mediocrity. If your home kitchen inspired you and empowered you to create, Nomiku wouldn’t need to be here. The future of food and tech will enable people to cook and eat the most heavenly food, and we’ll get there if we’re willing to collaborate; creativity works best when creatives work together. Nomiku, as a crowdfunded product, is at the forefront of this trend.
The role of the kitchen in our homes has changed dramatically over the years. What used to be a space simply used for food preparation has now become the hub of the home. Today, cooking is accompanied by a greater variety of activities such as entertaining, socialising, dining, working, laundry etc. As our use of the kitchen has changed, the technology that is used within it has had to adapt to meet our needs. We expect to see more non-traditional companies enter the kitchen appliance space with promise of sustainability and “smarter” innovation – maybe even a SubZero fridge powered by Verizon.