um, probably not.
I am a home cook and have been wanting to get a SVS. I thought I would try the beer cooler sous vide method first.http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/04/cook-your-meat-in-a-beer-cooler-the-worlds-best-sous-vide-hack.html
That is actually really interesting how that works.
I've had mine since it first came out and I'm extremely happy with it. This in combination with Kellers under pressure cookbook and you are good to go.
I have Thomas keller's Under Pressure book...looks like I am going to get the sous vide supreme soon.
I hope you get the SVS. I have it and it works perfectly. It keeps a temp to +-0.1F. Once you really get into sous vide cooking you will be glad you have it. To really cook fish perfectly, every species has a different optimal temperature. It's not like beef where you can pretty much cook any cut at 135F. Have you looked at the sous vide topic at eGullet? Even though it is an internet forum, it is the definitive written work on sous vide right now. Douglas Baldwin and Nathan Myrvold are big contributors to it. Linda
Hey, I got an email from Costco today. They have the SVS plus a vacuum sealer with bags and a cookbook online for $349. Sweet!Linda
That is a great deal. If that is in my nearby cosco I will get that in a second.