BBC Good Food Magazine iPad App

BBC Good Food Magazine iPad App

Gregory Han
Feb 17, 2011

Product: BBC Good Food Magazine iPad App
Price: Free ($2.99/issue)
Rating: Strong Recommend**

My better half recently asked if it was okay if she could borrow my iPad for awhile to check out a new app, a notable request since she's not usually one to follow app releases. Upon investigating, I discovered her curiosity was sparked by the release of a new BBC produced food publication app, BBC Good Food Magazine. Today, Emily guest posts with a hands-on review of what we discovered is one of the better food publications now available for the iPad.

Published in the UK, BBC Good Food magazine is always packed with recipes (around 100 per issue) as well as seasonal produce spotlights, tips for everyday meals and affordable entertaining, and content from the British cooking shows. I especially enjoy the features on regional English ingredients and dishes, such as the Banbury cakes in this month's issue.

The iPad version of BBC Good Food was released last month and it's one of the better iPad magazines I've seen. So far I have been very impressed with the functionality and how well it works as a magazine for both browsing and cooking from. It's intuitive, quick, and has useful features like a glossary, shopping list, search box, and bookmarks. Within the pages one can scroll through text and images, watch instructional videos, and expand and hide content like recipe steps. There are just enough clever features to make it fun without being overloaded or confusing.

The app is free and individual issues can be downloaded for £1.79 or $2.99 (or free if you already subscribe to the print edition).

Now if only they would release an iPad version of Olive!

Pros: Intuitive and quick interface, fast issue download times, inspiring images, list/bookmarking tools galore for easy recipe reference, reasonable per issue price.

Cons: None

Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend*
Weak Recommend
Don't Recommend

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