Having access to your computer and the internet while you're in the kitchen cooking is really a smart idea, because you can just Google any question you have and quickly get an answer. Still, putting your desktop in your kitchen isn't the best idea. We've found a few other solutions for you.
One of the easiest ways of getting online access in the kitchen is by using a laptop. Most households have already got one, so it's just a question of accessing the internet using your WiFi home network. It's a fact that most laptops rarely move about, but having your laptop on the counter or the kitchen table is a great idea to check up on stuff while your are cooking.
The other interesting idea would be to create your own Kitchen PC using an old laptop. Instructables user Project109x came up with this great idea of hacking a laptop to become a small factor kitchen PC. While there are quite a few more expensive options out there, this is the one that makes the most sense, since most families have an older laptop that isn't used much.
This basically entails mounting the laptop upside down using some brackets. Most kitchen cupboards have a sort of lid that will hide this from view. Once the brackets are done, you'll have to drill a few holes so that the cables don't show up. You can do this or mount some other peripherals near the laptop. In order to rotate the display, your graphics card needs to support this. If it doesn't, you can use a program called PivotPro in order to just switch the display upside down.
We really like this idea because when you aren't using the laptop, you can just close the lid and it disappears from view. This is a really neat idea.