Your culinary creativity knows no bounds. You have the passion, you have the drive, you are filling in your application for Masterchef as we speak. But you lack precision. Your knowledge is still half-baked. You need help elevating your food to the next level.
You already own a huge pile of well-leafed cookery books - you've taken all the inspiration you need. The last thing an aspiring cook like you needs is a crock of recipe apps when you know the ideas in your head are so much more original and inventive.
What you need are a larder full of cook's tools that will help you raise your kitchen game - and we've got just the variety pack of iPhone apps to take your cooking from middling to Michelin.
They say you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. But what happens if you run out of eggs? While you're still developing your cook's intuition, Substitutions will step in to get you out of the pickle. This pocket reference will help you quickly replace one ingredient for another with its database of over 440 ingredient substitutions, offering genuinely useful advice when you're in a kitchen fix. Great for special dietary needs too.
Your boots are just too big for the village bake sale; your cakey goodies are worthy of you owning your own business. If you're contemplating your first foray into entrepreneurship, Cost A Cake will be your best mate. It'll help you work out how much your ingredients will cost, what you should charge for baking and delivery, how much to charge for larger orders, and much more.
Any chef who's worth his salt knows how to nail a great steak. If yours still come out a bit hit and miss, or you still need guidance when it comes to roast cooking times, Perfect Steaks and Roasts will happily fill in your knowledge gaps. Easy to follow instructions, a simple to use touch test, and timing alerts will make sure beef and lamb offerings cut through like butter.
The humble but mighty egg is worth so much more than an overcooked fate. There are few things more ugly in a kitchen than a hard boiled chuckie whose yolk is so overdone, it's gone gritty and grey. Give it some love with some scientifically precise cooking, care of EggTimer Lite. Input egg weight, height of your location (for accurate boiling points), and egg temperature for the perfect cooking time and some serious yolky perfection.
You'll never know how amazing ox tail can taste until you've tucked it into a vacuum bag and bathed it gently for 12 hours in a cozy water bath. SousVidePro will ensure you work cleanly and safely, providing you with all the cooking times, temperatures, and techniques you'll ever need for perfectly tender dishes.
You can't call yourself a real foodie until you've dragged your bum out of bed at the crack of dawn and down to the nearby farmer's market. Locavore is all about living and cooking locally, mapping out exactly where and when you can get your hands on beautiful, seasonal produce on your doorstep. A boon for the local economy, environment, and your conscience. (Currently available in the USA and Canada).
If you're serious about your own cooking, then Paprika is pretty much the recipe scrapbook of your digital dreams. As well as creating your own recipes, you can also snag inspiration from hundreds of websites, and easily switch between active recipes when you're in the thick of it. Paprika also offers more than a sprinkling of handy tools like timers, a feature for scaling down ingredients, a personalizable pantry, and an intelligent grocery list.
Nothing can connect you more with the food you're cooking than having faithfully foraged the ingredients you're preparing. Wild Edibles Lite will help you differentiate poisonous petals from edible perennials, and teach you to cook with the freebies growing around you. As well as a stash of detailed photos, this well-stocked catalog also boasts harvesting methods, preparation instructions, and ripping recipes.