Holy guacamole, it's practically October? October is tomorrow? Is this the fastest year ever, or what? As the leaves start turning and the days get shorter, it's comforting to know that some things never change -- like all the sales in the App Store.
OK, technically those do change; they change all the time! Which is why we tell you about them, in Friday's Price Drop column. This week we'll help you work out, pig out, and then bliss out with one of the funnest games of all time.
Sometimes there's an iOS app that comes out that reflects a great, unique idea. And sometimes that great, unique idea gets thoroughly trashed in the implementation by whatever consulting company was assigned to create the iOS app and make sure it found its way to the App Store. We can't say for certain that's exactly how it went, but this seems to be the case with Cooktorial, a cooking utility for the iOS.
Luckily, there are plenty of recipe apps for iOS to get you started. New York Times food guy Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything ($4.99 iPhone, $9.99 iPad) can teach you -- well, how to cook everything. Instructions are clear, and the recipes are simple enough for beginners, and delicious enough that you’ll keep coming back to them as your skills grow. Ratio ($4.99, iPhone) is based on Michael Ruhlman’s book of the same name, but it focuses on the building blocks of cooking.
Last week we peered deep into the world of video apps, seeing what food bloggers and a professional kitchen could put together. Today, we crank it up a notch and delve into the world of celebrity chef apps. Can these outsized personalities kick it iOS style and prepare us a five-course meal of digital goodness, or are they jumping on a bandwagon and rushing out a digital soufflé, only to see it flop? Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, that much we can say, so let's have a look.
If you don’t have a Mac in your kitchen yet, YummySoup will convince you that you need one. Calling this richly featured app a mere recipe organizer doesn’t do it justice -- it’s more about helping you collect, organize, use, and share recipes.
First you learned to cook from old family recipes stored in memory, then from cookbooks, then while watching cooking shows. But who has a TV in their kitchen ready to go? With the rise of smartphones and tablets, the cookbook has entered the digital age and apps like Epicurious give you a thousand page cookbook in your pocket.
But surely there's more to an iPad then just recreating the printed cookbook experience digitally. Apps now seek to bring the helpful visuals of TV cooking shows with the step-by-step ease of printed recipes to your kitchen when you need it. So slap a gallon-sized Ziploc on your iPad and let's cook!
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).
The iPad brought a revolution to food lovers and experimental cooks everywhere because of its touchscreen hardware and wealth of accommodating apps. Well, what better way to implement technology into your kitchen life than with free applications? We scoped three extremely helpful and utilitarian apps that will help you cook, bake, melt, marinate, and whatever else it is that you do in the kitchen, as well as keep tabs on your favorite recipe.