A new digital resource for foodies, best described as a “Spotify for food”, could soon allow users to discover what the leading names in the food industry have to say about their favourite cookbooks.
Tech start-up 1000 Cookbooks is curating a list of top cookery titles, as judged by a panel of leading chefs and food experts, which includes leading chef Jason Atherton, BAFTA award-winning TV producer James Winter, Edouard Cointreau, president of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and Grub Street’s Anne Dolamore.
The platform - so-named for its ambitions to offer subscribers access to recipes from the world's top 1000 cookbooks - is working to aid discoverability and to uncover a web of connections between recommended titles and leading experts, by working with publishers, authors, agents and copyright holders to licence content from the highest ranked titles.
A preview released at the Frankfurt Book Fair showcased a website that allows users to view the top 50 cookbooks and see the recommendations they have received from top food professionals. Users can explore the top 10 lists of each contributor and get a preview of the full top 1000 list, which will be made available as an app later this year.
1000 Cookbooks was founded by Jon Croft, the founder of cookery publishing house Absolute Press, and Matthew Cockerill, m.d. of Open Access leader BioMed Central.
Cockerill said: “Up until now there has been no single platform bringing together the very best in food. We plan to work with publishers to take content from the top 1000 books, and additional content including video to make a service that is a must-have for food-lovers around the globe.
“Users will get to experience a seamless digital service which complements rather than replaces print books and is, in fact, a celebration of the cookbook.”