Have you ever noticed that expensive restaurants have menus that do not have photos of the food they serve? Their TV commercials do. Their newspaper ads do. Even restaurant websites have photos. But not the menus.
Why not? Too gauche? Perhaps, but a good cookbook almost always has good photos. We’re enticed by what we see more than by what we read. Enter The Photo Cookbook for Mac and iOS. It’s exactly what you think it is. A cookbook filled with thousands of photos of food you can cook. And eat.
iAm Because iEat
There are two kinds of people that make up the human race. Those who eat to live. And those who live to eat. Guess which category I fit into? As a long-time Mac user I have more than my share of hardcover and softcover cookbooks, but a few apps, too.
App developers have wised up and figured out that what Apple’s customers really want are apps that go where we go; Mac, iPhone, iPad. That’s The Photo Cookbook. Yes, there’s an iPad and iPhone version. Why? Because who wants to carry their Mac into the kitchen? Emirate?
As a digital cookbook, this is great. Not only are there 240 different recipes, each comes with multiple photos, over 2,000 total; perfect for step-by-step visual instruction.
As delightfully visual as The Photo Cookbook is, and it is, it’s the photos within the step-by-step recipe instructions that set it apart. Ingredients are easily viewed, and can be shared with others via email.
There’s even standard consumer information for each ingredient (available with a click) so you know what you need and whether or not it’s what you want. Search is just as straightforward, too. All the recipes are divided into four separate dining categories.
Those include, Baking, Asian, Italian, and my favorite, Quick & Easy. Your finished meal should resemble the last photo in each recipe.
Here’s what it looks like on the iPhone in landscape mode.
This couldn’t be easier to consider. If you like to cook, and if you already have cookbooks (either from trees or digital versions), The Photo Cookbook is an easy addition. My only grumble is the price tag. The Mac version includes all four dining modules, while the iPhone and iPad version have three modules as extra cost options.