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Whether you are cooking a family meal from scratch or merely adding water and milk to a packet of instant mac ‘n’ cheese, converting, measuring and weighing ingredients is a regular, if somewhat confusing, requirement of everyday life, and can easily lead to tasteless, unappetizing food when done incorrectly.

Enter Kitchen Aid Kit Pro by Hitlab Ltd, an innovative iPad-only app that promises to help eliminate these troubles by doing the hard work for you by crunching numbers, calculating calories and much more besides. Let’s take a closer look. (more…)

When I married a woman who is an incredible cook and loves to bake, I knew I had hit the jackpot. Unfortunately, what I didn’t realize is that also meant I was now obligated to watch hours of programming on the Food Network. In the last five years I’ve seen so much Paula Deen my arteries are clogged just from watching, and I’ve learned that you can make literally anything into a food competition with ingredients I’ve never even heard of (what exactly is “jaggery” anyway?).

Well, if you’re a foodie like my wife who loves watching the Food Network then you might interested in their new app, Food Network On the Road. The question now is does it live up to the promise of helping you find all the places where the stars eat when you’re on the road? Read on to find out. (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!


Cooking is fun and, for the most part, fairly easy if you have the right teacher. Taking a written recipe for anything even a little bit complicated can lead to some incorrect interpretations and a failed culinary endeavor.

Not long ago I did a roundup of cooking apps here and included Appetites as part of the group. I spent more time with Appetites and really learned some serious things from the step by step video delivery method of cooking a recipe. I can say it changed the way I cook. When I came upon the same developer’s Easy As Pie I knew I had to try it out. Off into the world of pie making.


I have long been a fan of Jamie Oliver. There’s something inimitable about his cookery style that gives him fantastically widespread appeal. The unassuming and honest qualities evident in his public persona come across effortlessly in his food; watching him reminds me of Gusteau, the famous chef Remi so admires in Pixer’s Ratatouille.

I can hear them saying in unison:

Anyone can cook!

Jamie’s current iPhone app, called Jamie’s Recipes, has just been heavily updated and now works beautifully on the iPad as well. The question is; does it deserve a place in your life?


I’ll admit it. I suffer from a little thing I like to call recipe book hoarding disorder (RBHD). But I don’t think I’m alone.

If you look in your kitchen cabinet, bookshelf or wherever you keep your recipe books, you’ll find one common theme amongst them: you only like a handful of recipes in each book. And yet the hoarder in all of us just keeps adding to our collection and bookmarking the recipes we like the best.

Well, we can happily kiss those days goodbye thanks to the Paprika.


The list of good uses for the iPad is continually, and rapidly, growing. One area where it has laid a strong foundation is in the cooking and food category. There are an increasingly large number of excellent cooking applications available for the iPad in the App Store. As someone who is getting more and more interested in cooking, I wanted to delve deeper into this application space.

Out of the sea of excellent applications, I decided to give Allrecipes a try. It seemed to fit perfectly with what I was looking for! Read on to see how the application actually works and whether it could become your new inspirational cooking companion…


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