The iPad/iPhone has introduced a whole new way for people to engage with food. It has been particularly helpful for those who aren't exactly proficient in the art of cooking, have the courage to expand their repertoire beyond the typical pasta dinner. After the jump we've collected a few apps that could be a helpful addition to your cooking routines.
This is an excellent free app that has a little something for everyone. It's packed with recipes for all kinds of food and skill levels. The fun thing is that you can search by ingredients or dietary restrictions as well. And it also syncs with your allrecipes.com account so you can access all your information from your account right on your iPad.
Great British Chefs
This app is not for the faint of heart. It is definitely for the more advanced cook but it is so beautifully designed, anyone can appreciate it. The recipes are selected by (as the name suggests) some great British chefs. You can read profiles on the chefs, browse the beautifully photographed selection of dishes, and even watch instructional videos. Considering the high quality of the app, we find the $4.99 price tag very reasonable.
Martha Stewart Makes Cookies
How about a little baking instead? This app is awesome for delicious cookie recommendations and they're all pretty simple to make. Again, there are instructional videos which are extremely helpful for breaking down the process to you. Another great feature is the browsing function. You can twist these large dials to customize the type of cookie or flavor you'd like to make so the app can find the best fit for you.
The Photo Cookbook (Baking)
These two apps (one for cooking, one for baking) are another example of how important beautiful photography can be to the success of a cooking app. The helpful photos accompany you throughout the cooking process from the first shot of all the ingredients to the finished result. There are plenty of recipes to keep you busy for a while but there isn potential for purchasing more recipes in-app.
This app is kind of crazy and won't help you make any meals. What it will do, however, is tell you what you just ate and its nutritional breakdown. All you have to do is take a picture of your food and the app will somehow give you an estimate calorie amount in your meal. Additionally, if you're so inclined, you could tweet your food so all of your followers will know that you just ate a bag of pretzels and a soda.
For additional helpful kitchen and cooking links check out:
5 More Apps to Help You in the Kitchen
iPad in a Kitchen Cabinet
iPad Stands for the Office, Kitchen, and Beyond
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