NetChef: A Tool for Your Kitchen

January 12, 2012
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    Using a tablet or smartphone in the kitchen has made the lives of home cooks a lot easier. But one concern of many people is the fact that they are using their tablet with dirty hands. After mixing an ingredient, they need to swipe their fingers across the screen of their device. Because of this, there are many who would rather use a recipe book.

    NetChef is the answer to this concern. Primarily, NetChef was built as an Android recipe device. But its intelligence does not stop there. It can also play music, hold photos, connect to Facebook, give weather updates, and even run other Android apps. The good news is, you no longer have to upload your favorite recipes on the device. Upon purchase, you can choose from the 500 built-in recipes on the device without requiring an active internet connection. Moreover, there is an endless supply of other recipes to choose from through the database of its own manufacturer, Sungale. You can also download other Android cooking apps to help you.

    Currently, NetChef is running on Android 2.3 and is not upgradeable to a newer OS. It has 2GB internal memory but also has an expandable SD card slot. It has an 8-inch touchscreen that gives a variety of easy to follow recipes along with attractive pictures.

    Because it is primarily designed for use in the kitchen, you can’t carry the NetChef around with you. It is chunky yet sturdy plus it can be cleaned easily; what more would you want from a personal chef? At least it’s not Remy (from Ratatouille) pulling your hair strands when you make a mistake in the kitchen.

    NetChef can be purchased from Amazon at $270. While it’s cheaper than most Android tablets, it is more expensive than a typical cookbook. What say you? Will you be buying one anytime soon?

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    • Molly

      Having 500 of your “favorite”[sic] seems to me to be a non-sequitur. It would be a non-feature and necessarily useless. One can find new recipes anywhere on/or off the net. So called favorite or not favorite recipes from a a database are likely NOT anyone’s favorite recipe. So logically mostly useless.
      I am not a famous chef but I want MY recipes on my kitchen computer not 500 so called favorite recipes.
      Such a comment seems to come from someone who neither cooks much or has a recipe collection of “Their” favorite recipes.

    • Rod

      Bought it for my wife for Christmas. Useless. When we turn it on all we get is a message about a dozen times that says “Unfortunately, The RecipeLauncher Has Stopped”. And then it goes to a blank blue screen with no response whatsoever. How can they not have found this problem in Beta testing before sending to market?? Will keep this site updated on how long it takes to get repaired/replaced, and whether it works as advertised in the first place. Obviously, it did not so far. There is nothing that aggravates a customer more that giving a Christmas gift to a spouse, only to find out it doesnt work on Christmas morning. Some gift.