Tablet easy to swallow
Netchef is the ultimate online kitchen accessory with hundreds of recipes at your fingertips, writes Rod Chester
including Woolworths, Coles and Taste.com.au.
Across the bottom is a scrollable list of icons for a web browser, image gallery, music, calendar, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
You may not want to tweet your way through dinner, but many people would appreciate a central calendar in the kitchen to organise family members or watch recipe videos.
The Netchef has an 8-inch touchscreen and is described on the manufacturer’s website as waterproof and fireproof, but the user manual has a bet each way and recommends keeping it away from steam, kettles, microwaves and hot or cold extremes.
The controls are simple, with three buttons on the unit’s top for power, home and back.
It comes with a stylus and, given the screen is behind a protective cover, the makers recommend using the stylus for selections.
The online recipes have a US bent— with American and Chinese accounting for about 80 per cent of dinner options.
Many of its geographic classifications are a bit meaningless (we found lasagne in the American section) but the 500+ built-in recipes are just your starting point, given the unit’s web connection.
When you find a recipe you like, touch a tab to see a list of ingredients and cooking steps.
Recipes are in imperial measurements. You can click on the tab at the bottom of the screen and manually convert a measurement to metric. Ideally, metric should be an option.
You can load your favourite recipes into Netchef by connecting it by USB cable to your computer and importing them as jpg files, text files or video.
The unit has a SD slot and comes with an 8GB SD card, which allows it to become a digital photo album.
This is not really a tablet trapped in a box, but a digital cookbook that comes bundled with a whole lot more at
a good price.