The iPhone and iPad have started a revolution among those of us endowed with a taste for taste. Every recipe worth more than a pinch of salt is at your fingertips and in your kitchen. All you need is the right app, some ingredients, and a little hunger. Here’s how to get started.
Photo’s Make The Heart Grow Fonder
When the MacBook Air came along I began to experiment with using recipes in the kitchen, thanks to a few great apps that managed the process.
When the iPhone came along recipe makers joined the bandwagon and the Mac that once took up a spot on the kitchen counter (and needed to be Windexed from time to time) became handheld.
My latest lovely new way to cook comes in the form of an iPhone app called The Photo Cookbook.
And, yes, that’s about as descriptive as one needs to be. It’s a cookbook with photos. Recipes with photos. Recipes with step-by-step photographs that you can hold in your hand while you cook.
The Photo Cookbook has hundreds of photos in high definition Retina splendor for iPhone and iPad. Just tap or flick to move from recipe to recipe.
You’ll appreciate the step-by-step instructions complete with photographs that show how to prepare each dish– step-by-step.
The iPad version gives you a little more screen real estate (to whet your appetite), but is functionally similar. I use mine with an iPad stand (and Windex).
There’s a built-in search function to find specific ingredients (to match a recipe with what ingredients you have at the moment).
Or, use the search to find recipes and photos that might interest your tastes at the moment. Either way, the search function is fast, fluid, and, yes, does whet the appetite.
Add notes to the recipes in Photo Cookbook, mark specific recipes as favorites (to make them easily opened in the future).
Instructions are easy to read and concise. The dozens of recipes are divided into four chapters– Small Plates, Vegetarian, Fish & Seafood, and Meat & Poultry, but nothing on desserts.
Tap a specific ingredient to get consumer information, or email the ingredients to a friend or family member. This is the same concept as the popular The Photo Cookbook — Quick & Easy, and the contents are also available as a book entitled ‘Tapas-Step-by-Step.’
This is really a class app cookbook and it’s priced right, too. The glass of wine that’s oh so necessary to my cooking regimen is optional, of course.