New Jenn-Air oven has cool technology

A touch screen with "slide-to-set temperature" controls gives this oven a hot look.

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The coolest thing in cooking. Jenn-Air

The latest offering from Jenn-Air is a convection system wall oven with a 7-inch full-color touch-screen LCD that incorporates an image-based cooking guide.

You can choose from over 50 different food options and specify food category, food type, desired doneness, and even the type of pan used. Not sure what medium rare really looks like? Pull up a picture. Want to use a meat thermometer to be sure you've hit precisely the right temperature? Take a look at visuals to see how and where to insert the probe. What Jenn-Air calls a "Culinary Center" is designed to take all the guesswork out of cooking.

You won't find dials or keypads on the oven front. Instead, touch the screen and slide the bar to the desired temperature. When the oven is not in use, the LCD displays a choice of two accent colors and 24 distinct themes, from seasonal to floral, that appear with either an analog or digital clock. Touch the display to bring up the home screen. Look for more ovens to start incorporating this touch-screen technology.

One cool new feature is the oven's No Preheat mode, which lets cooks bake on one rack without any preheating or extended bake time via two convection elements rated at a total of 6,800 watts with fans that rotate in opposite directions.

Jenn-Air hasn't released pricing information yet, which leads me to believe that if you have to ask, you can't afford it, but I'll be happy to be proven wrong.