When your parents decided they wanted to go above and beyond for dinner, they would normally pull out an old cookbook and make some crazy dish. Maybe it was good, maybe it was terrible, but they would go back and forth between the book and what they were doing a thousand times over to make sure they were making things correctly. After you get used to creating a dish, you don’t really need the cookbook anymore, and start fiddling with ingredients yourself. That’s how you learn!
If you feel that you can’t handle the stress of cooking without having constant reference material, then the Archos ChefPad might be a good buy. This is an Android tablet running on Jelly Bean that was created specifically for the culinary crowd, as it comes loaded with apps to guide your through meal preparation. As it is designed to be in the kitchen it makes sense that it has a silicone case that will protect it from water or food, and it comes with a stand to give you whatever angle you need.
On the inside is a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, a quad-core graphics processor, and it has forward and back-facing cameras to share your creations online. In essence, this is a pre-loaded tablet for people who don’t want to search for apps. It may be marketed to the culinary crowd, but it’s still just a tablet, and it will cost you $210. If you don’t have a tablet yet and are fond of cooking, then this would probably be a good buy, but otherwise it seems silly. You should look for these in June if you’re interested.