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I’m pretty tied to my current recipe app, but it isn’t much to look at and doesn’t allow for a lot in the way of customization. I put a ton of effort into finding tasty and healthy options for my family, and I’d like my cookbook app to reflect all of that work. Cook is an enticing little app that let’s me create a cookbook just for me, with my own colors, images, and even a title all my own, just like a real cookbook. I wanted to give Cook a try and see if it could replace the other apps I’m using in the kitchen. (more…)

In a recent review titled Mind Watering: Revolutionizing iPad Cookbooks, I looked at how Kinetic Art is utilizing innovative features to create “a whole new way of cooking” with their Look & Cook app platform. Today I’d like to share with you an interview with Kinetic Art’s co-CEO, Oran Huberman, who tells us more about this Israeli-based startup and how they work with talented chefs and cooks to create iPad cookbooks for the future.
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If you like collecting recipes like Ash Ketchum collected Pokemon, you’ve probably already turned to your iPad as your kitchen companion. It’s a great way to browse and view all of those recipes that only live on the internet while you’re doing the important business of cooking.

Sure, you could just open up a lot of bookmarked tabs or have some text files saved to Dropbox, but there’s surely a better way to organize all of those recipes. I’m taking a look at Pepperplate to see if it can be that better way and whether it has the features to make a great sous-chef. (more…)

What’s the difference between an e-book and a cookbook app? I would say it comes down to useful tools and immersive design features. In the beginning, it was OK to slap recipes and pretty food photos together and call it an app. Those are the dinosaurs — the one-dimensional cookbook apps falling by the wayside as other developers create three-dimensional cooking experiences by engaging users and providing helpful tools. It’s the difference between perusing a cookbook and actually taking it into the kitchen and using it to cook something. Gone are the days when anyone can create a cookbook app out of a collection of recipes. Today, users expect cookbook apps to deliver more, especially if they paid for it.

Are you abreast on the latest evolution of cookbook apps? Do you know what features to look for? Who’s ahead of the pack, providing better functionality to make cooking a more pleasurable, efficient and delicious experience? Keep reading to find out.

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According to the creative folks at Kinetic Art, Mind Watering, also titled Look&Cook, isn’t just another chef cookbook for the iPad — it’s” a whole new way of cooking.” They’ve brought together a dream team behind renowned Israeli chef Meir Adoni, delivering stunning food photographs, talented styling and inventive design. Their mission: to combine the warmth and beauty of a printed cookbook with the latest technology. Mind Watering provides 51 recipes from the chef and over 750 mouth-watering images of the dishes, steps and techniques. The app uses innovative features like voice activated recipe navigation to solve usability problems other apps have ignored. Can the Look&Cook platform really revolutionize the way we cook with the iPad?

Keep reading to find out.

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When was the last time you opened your fridge and contemplated its emptiness, not knowing what to cook for dinner? Did you know the few vegetables you have at home taste great with some rice and sauce? Thanks to Epicurious and its thousands of recipes, you won’t have to worry about what to cook for your next meal again! Find the right dish based on the app’s suggestions or what you like — or have at home — and cook delightful dishes you didn’t even know about! Epicurious makes it all easy and enjoyable, so go get your apron on and let’s get cooking!

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Farm to table is all the rage in the United States (and across the world), but what does it really mean? You see the name of the local farmer credited on the menu and ponder the fresh fish special scrawled on the chalkboard, but you don’t stop to think about the journey that brings farmer (or fisherman or cheese maker) and chef together. Recipes from Harvest to Heat is an eye-catching, mouth-watering app that will open your mind and inspire your home cooking. Once you read the heartfelt stories of those who dedicate their lives to producing the highest quality ingredients, it may even change the way you value food.

Brought to you by the publishers of the cookbook, Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans, this free little app is a unique collection of recipes that will challenge novice home cooks and invigorate serious food lovers.

Keep reading to learn more about Harvest to Heat.

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In truth, the iPad was really made with one thing in mind, wasn’t it? That’s right – recipes.

I suspect that wasn’t the first thing that sprang into your mind, but it would be fair to say that, as a device, the iPad is perfect for culinary education. You can access as many recipes as you like, get information on ingredients, and browse suggestions for recipes to try.

Or, at least, that should be the case. Unfortunately, many food apps feel like cash-ins, simply providing a vaguely more interactive version of the over-priced hardback books already available.

It would seem that legendary restaurateur Alain Ducasse and his team have set out to do something different with their app, My Culinary Encyclopedia. But does this particular entrant to the food App Store charts cut the mustard?

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Avid amateur chefs (read: yuppies with a spatula and foodie lexicon, myself included) have long been awaiting the culinary app that combines real chefs, killer recipes and the ability to make said recipes in their home kitchens. The Kickstarter-funded (hey, Kickstarter actually worked!) app Panna is basically an epicurean’s dream iPad app. Seriously.

Read on after the jump for the lip smackin’ low-down. (more…)

Occasionally an app comes along that reminds me why computers are great. Why we (humankind) were so fervent about developing them and putting them to work in every possible situation. It isn’t normally something complex or visually impressive that ushers forth this feeling, but more often a simple example of an app making life easier.

To take a random example, a recipe app that allows you to collate and organise your recipes, that’s wrapped in a beautiful interface, but that requires you to tediously input great swathes of information yourself, is barely scratching the surface of what the iPad can achieve.

This brings us neatly to Basil, a refreshing take on recipe apps that aims to make your life easier!

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