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Budding chefs all over the world already know how magical the iPad can be in the kitchen, but they'd be hard-pressed to find a resource that brings it all together better than Appetites, a new instructional app that does everything but turn your iPad into a cutting board (which we're pretty sure they don't recommend).
Appetites’ unique interface puts the “moving” in moving pictures.
Appetites provides a choice of 27 "classes" from six bloggers, ranging from quick bites to elaborate ethnic entrees. Each recipe consists of an ingredients list and a requisite set of written instructions, but the real meat of Appetites is found in the accompanying videos that demonstrate each technique. Otherwise-still pictures begin to play smoothly and unobtrusively upon selecting their respective task, making each recipe straightforward and virtually foolproof.
Would you rather buy a recipe or a McDouble? (On second thought, don't answer that.)
However, all that culinary expertise comes at a price. The app itself costs $4.99, but that only buys you seven classes; the remaining 20 cost $0.99 apiece. And while the app's elegance certainly warrants the price of admission, many of the 99-cent recipes seem either too simplistic (strawberry basil lemonade) or eclectic (coconut Israeli couscous) to justify the additional purchase. The developer promises a new round of both free and 99-cent recipes in April, so Appetites presumably could keep expanding its free options.
The bottom line. Appetites looks like a gourmet meal, but until its cupboard is expanded, most users are going to be left unsatisfied.
iPad running iOS 4.2 or later
Beautiful, elegant design with visual instructions. Unique recipes and techniques.
Heavy reliance on in-app purchasing. Small library of classes.