So where am I going with this? I love the comic Dilbert - it really does epitomise life in an engineering office. This comic is one of my favourites:
Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, has a great blog about his views on life, the universe and everything. Today's post really captured my attention. I spent the whole time saying to myself, I want this cookbook - well, it would really be an encyclopedia of cooking, including links to videos of cooking techniques, explanations of gadgets, and explanations on the rules of flavours. How cool would this feature be:
I'd also like to see my recipe steps arranged by timeline, with each dish for the meal overlaid. I made the mistake recently of trying to cook a meal in which everything would need attention at exactly the same time. The Dilbert Cookbook would let you filter against that problem, so each step is properly timed. And perhaps the cookbook could act as your stove timer as well, so you have a visual representation of how done things are, on the computer, ahead of the alarm.When I'm having a fancy dinner party (ok this hasn't happened in a long time), I write something like this out myself. Having a program do it for me would be brilliant.
What do you think? What features would you like to see in the ultimate cookbook?