How many productivity apps have you downloaded but don’t really use? Productivity apps are meant to make our lives easier, but it can take a bit of work to put a new planning and organization system in place. Many of us are using our iPads like printed books, failing to take advantage of all the useful features that can make our lives more organized and efficient. I downloaded the Paprika desktop app for Mac months ago, but it wasn’t until I purchased the iPad version that I truly utilized the capabilities of this cloud-based system for recipe collection, meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking in the kitchen.

Are you tired of being disorganized in the kitchen? Does poor meal planning result in eating out more often than you’d like? Have you been using Paprika to collect recipes that you never end up cooking?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading to learn how to use Paprika for iPad to make cooking at home more organized, efficient and enjoyable.

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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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It’s high summer and there’s nothing better than an ice-cold cocktail to cool off on a sweltering hot day. Cocktails are perfect for backyard parties or hanging on the porch with the neighbors. We all have our old standbys (mine is the mojito), but sometimes it’s good to freshen things up with new flavors or techniques. If you’re looking for cocktail inspiration then check out Martha Stewart Makes Cocktails. The app is like an encyclopedia of drinks, with fresh takes on the classics and a huge collection of drink recipes. Break out the cocktail shaker and stock the bar, Martha Stewart Makes Cocktails is a must-have app for summer.

Shaken or stirred? Keep reading to find out.

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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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Summer is a season of fun in the sun, which means shedding layers of winter clothes and putting on a bathing suit. This very act can bring to light things you’ve been able to ignore under your cozy sweater: a little extra weight, feeling sluggish and basically not taking the best care of your body. Maybe (like me) you consider myself moderately healthy — active (though you don’t exercise regularly), trying to eat healthy (though you like pizza and ice cream), and dabbling in yoga (though you’re no yogi). Every year when summer rolls around you feel that urge to get healthy, join a gym and take control of your diet. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the idea of righting all the wrongs in your life at once, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Green Smoothies asks, “Are you ready to make a healthy change in your diet, but don’t know where to start?”

If your answer is yes, keep reading to learn more about the first steps to a healthier diet.

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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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Summer has officially arrived! It’s time to dust off the barbeque and get grilling. If you’re looking for some inspiration, Grilling from Dash is a free app with 50 recipes for “cookout classics,” from burgers to coleslaw to ice cream sandwiches. Dash is a food magazine insert found in newspapers, distributed by Parade, featuring content from magazines like Bon Appétit, Epicurious and Gourmet.

The app features 7 themed menus, such as Fiesta Mexicana, Fourth of July and a Kid’s Party. Learn how to build a charcoal fire, make your own barbeque sauce and cook the perfect burger, whether it’s beef, black bean or salmon. Grilling from Dash is a beautifully designed app with tons of fun features that enthusiastically embrace all that mobile has to offer. Before you start throwing block parties and grilling by the pool, you’ve got to download this free app.

Ready to get grilling? Keep reading to learn more.

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Dorie Greenspan is a name synonymous with French cookery and patisserie. Her long career in the food scene is marked by many achievements, including working with notable cooks like Julia Child, Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. An accomplished cook and author; Dorie is recognized as a guru in all things baking. She wrote the James Beard award-winning Baking: From My Home to Yours, and her app, Baking with Dori! brings that invaluable text to life. If you love to bake you’ve got to download this app, a collection of personalized classic recipes with videos to guide you every step of the way.

Keep reading to find out more about this essential baking resource.

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The question, “What’s for dinner?” can be especially difficult to answer if you’re counting calories or if you have special dietary requirements (vegan, low-sodium, gluten free). Edamam, a recipe search app, wants to help you decide what’s for dinner so you can make more informed, healthier choices about the food you eat. This app focuses on efficiency by making search quick and easy, while also providing users with high quality recipe results.

Keep reading to find out how this recipe search tool is different…and maybe even decide what’s for dinner tonight.

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Wouldn’t it be great if the father of modern cuisine, Auguste Escoffier, were at your side offering his knowledge as you cook in the kitchen? The Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy, with the help of the Futura app developers, want to provide you with all the tools you need to be a confident cook with Escoffier Cook’s Companion. This app aims to be a handy kitchen reference guide, timer, measurement converter and more, plus it’s free. Sound too good to be true? Keep reading to find out.

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