Cooking: if you're not doing it very often, you should start. But you're probably not here to listen to me preach to you about the health, budget, and culinary enjoyment benefits of cooking for yourself. If you do cook, you may be interested in our latest app showdown. And if you don't, well, I've got nothin'.
Many of us who cook on a regular basis have run into an odd problem in recent years as we've found ourselves referencing recipes more and more on our iPads in the kitchen. Which iPad app(s) are the best for home chefs? Some offer recipes, some offer shopping lists, some allow you to enter your own recipes, and some just go crazy with fancy features. And how do you get around the issue of touching your iPad as little as possible when your hands are covered in flour? Truthfully, we tend to want something that is both feature-rich and also simplistic enough to stay out of our way when we're doing the deed. So, although I had already been using some cooking apps that I became attached to years ago, I decided to take a fresh look at what's available in this area. Here's what I found after comparing five popular cooking apps on the iPad:
How to Cook Everything doesn't just tell you how to make a dish—it also gives you technique tips.
How to Cook Everything is one that I actually hadn't heard of before, but it seems everyone else has. The app is based on a bestselling cookbook by Mark Bittman, and the app goes a step further by not only including recipes, but also techniques—an extreme rarity in most popular apps. For people who are still getting the hang of the whole cooking thing, or even those who just need a reminder every so often, this is a huge plus.