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Autumn is my favorite time of year, especially in the kitchen. I’m happiest standing over a pot of soup, stirring gently with my favorite wooden spoon. Arriving home to the inviting aroma of a meaty stew simmering in the slow cooker makes the seasonal change to colder, darker days more bearable. Cooking a big pot of chili is reason enough to have friends over for an impromptu party. I’m always looking for new recipes to try and so I was delighted to find Relish Soups, Stews & Chilis Recipe Collection.

Relish Magazine is known for practical, flavorful recipes created with ingredients that are seasonal and accessible to the masses. The magazine’s colorful, mouth-watering food photos are eye-catching and inspiring. How does America’s largest food magazine taste on the iPad? Keep reading to find out.


Passionate cooks are always looking to learn something new — a clever tip for chopping onions without tears, a silkier mashed potato or how to really know when that steak is cooked perfectly. Cookbook apps are evolving on iPad to really help home cooks learn new techniques and be more efficient in the kitchen. The competition is getting stiff, and innovators are quickly leaving mediocre apps in their dust.

The Cooks Encyclopedia is a lofty title for an app, creating high expectations of the ultimate cookery book. This collection of 350 recipes by Michelin starred Chef Patrik Jaros and renowned photographer Günter Beer declares it “takes the reader by the hand and teaches the many techniques that the world’s great chefs have mastered.” Using more than 3,400 step-by-step photos and preparations outlined “in depth” the app hopes to provide a “complete, professional guide to shopping for and creating meals, from simple omelets to three star dishes.”

How many Michelin stars do I award The Cooks Encyclopedia? Keep reading to find out.


Gordon Ramsay: either you love him or you hate him. I’m a fan, and so downloading the app Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me was a no brainer. The description offers a collection of recipes and video demos and Gordon’s promise to “show you how to cook yourself into a better cook.” At a cost of $7.99 for the app with additional costs for recipe bundles, my first thought was, “This guy’s pretty proud of his app, we’ll see if it’s that good.”

If you’re like me, you’re interested to find out what this Michelin worthy chef’s favorite recipes are and excited to learn a new trick or two from the master. Maybe you’re looking to up your game in the kitchen this fall? Cooking with Gordon Ramsay is sure to make you a better, more disciplined cook.

Are you ready to get schooled by the chef from Hell’s Kitchen? Keep reading.


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…)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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